Shared Society

The Center for Shared Society is JCRC-NY’s Community Building Division

New York City is home to residents who have come from more than 100 nations around the globe and speak over 150 languages, and nearly 40% were born outside the United States. This demographic diversity is one of the City’s greatest strengths, but can often be the source of its toughest challenges — including competition for limited resources, hate crimes, and uncivil debate fueled by stereotypes and misperceptions about “the other.” It is important that there is a civil network for communities to thrive where all stakeholders understand each other and work together. The Center for Shared Society creates and assists the growth of community-based initiatives and runs leadership training programs in the complex world of New York’s new diversity.


  • Empowers the communal leadership of New York’s diverse communities
  • Incubates initiatives to create leadership networks for solving common problems
  • Informs and trains youth and professionals about the complex needs of the New Diversity
  • Works to improve relationships in communities between the long-time and new residents
  • Identifies, mentors, and teaches emerging leaders in New York City’s communities