StoryCorps Podcast Series

Posted on February 21, 2014

Denice Williams and Keith Hefner

Every day, we encounter community leaders and organizers whose stories deserve to be shared and celebrated. The New York Foundation partnered with StoryCorps to craft an eight-part short-interview series featuring our trustees, grantees, and former grantees in conversations that get to the heart of what matters in their work. 

Denice Williams, assistant commissioner of the NYC Department for Youth and Community Development speaks with Keith Hefner, founder of Youth Communication, a long-time NY Foundation grantee. Both Williams and Hefner serve on the New York Foundation’s board. We hear first from Hefner explaining the origins of his activism.


Produced and recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. The interviews afford a raw encounter with the personal trials and triumphs of advocates, and an unmediated perspective on community-driven efforts in New York City.