New Yorkers For Children works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services to improve the lives of youth in foster care and to engage New Yorkers in that effort.
NYFC’s organizational goal is to support efforts to improve the well-being of youth in foster care through education, career development, the acquisition of life skills, and strengthening the child welfare system.
SINCE 1996, NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN HAS DISTRIBUTED $55 MILLION IN TRANSFORMATIVE SERVICES AND RESOURCES TO YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE
YOUTH SERVED ANNUALLY
OF NYFC SCHOLARS STAY IN SCHOOL
OF NYFC SCHOLARS GRADUATE ON TIME
BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKAGES DISTRIBUTED
NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN SIGNATURE PROGRAMS
Post-secondary education opens the doors to long-term economic security. However, foster youth face a myriad of financial barriers that prevent them from obtaining a degree. Many foster youth face the challenge of pursuing educational goals while struggling to pay for food, rent, utilities, rent, healthcare, and books on their own. For others, the lingering emotional trauma of foster care can contribute to difficulties and distractions that the majority of adolescents do not face. New Yorkers For Children creates pathways to achieve college success through scholarships, peer mentoring, ongoing college advising, and opportunities for networking.
The Back-to-School Package Program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with up to $2,500 in materials, including school supplies, gift cards for incidentals, transit cards, and a laptop computer.
The NYFC Nick’s Scholars Program is a working partnership between the private sector, foster care agencies, CUNY and Private Colleges in New York City designed to support our students most effectively.
The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund assists young people who were formerly in the foster care system with emergency funding to advance and complete their educational endeavors.
WHAT THE YOUTH WE SERVE ARE SAYING
Receiving my Back-to-School Package was a very special feeling, like someone really cared about me, and my educational goals. The program gives me the motivation to strive towards greater academic achievement!”
Back-To-School Package Recipient
As far as my academics, you play a big role. I know that I’m not alone because if there’s anything you can do, even if it’s not related to school — like housing or personal issues — I know that NYFC will help me. I just want to say thank you because before you came into my life, I didn’t know how I was going to afford college and buy my books.
I am incredibly grateful to NYFC for restoring my hope and putting me on a path to success. I’m looking forward to graduating next semester!