The Spirit Award


The Spirit Award consists of a $10,000 scholarship, a $5,000, scholarship, and two scholarships of $2,500 awarded to four outstanding young adults currently or formerly in foster care in NYC who are attending a 4-year college with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree. The recipient is a person who has achieved academic success, demonstrated a willingness to think beyond themselves, shown resilience in the face of challenges, and gained a new sense of self-awareness because of the obstacles they have had to overcome. Only students entering their third or fourth year of college as full-time students are eligble to apply.

Please click here for the application. All applications must be submitted by August 13, 2018.


The Back-to-School Package Program


The Back-To-School Package Program provides youth in foster care who are enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with up to $2,500 in materials, including gift cards for incidentals, transit cards, and a laptop computer equipped with Microsoft Office and a three-year anti-virus license. Students can receive a package every semester they are enrolled in school.

Registration is currently closed.


The Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship (Nick’s Scholars) Program


The Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship (Nick’s Scholars) Program was developed by New Yorkers For Children to support New York City youth aging out of foster care to attain a college degree. It is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care and foster care alumni who are enrolled in college in New York City. The Nick’s Scholars Program provides essential personalized wraparound services in the form of financial, academic, and emotional support to help students transition to, and succeed in college. Nick’s Scholars receive a monthly stipend to help them cover their educational and living expenses and allow them to focus on school. The program connects these students to academic and personal resources to help them overcome challenges as they navigate college on their own. As Nick’s Scholars, they belong to a larger community where they are provided the opportunity to build relationships with other Nick’s Scholars and supportive adult mentors to encourage them on their path to a college degree.

Selected scholars could receive the following for up to 5 years:

  • $500 – $750 per month for living expenses
  • $1000 – $1,200 per year for books
  • Up to $1000 per year for tuition
  • $500 move-in allowance
  • Academic advisement
  • Tutoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Career exploration
  • Networking opportunities



Students are eligible to apply if they are:

  • Currently or formerly in foster care in New York City
    • If formerly in foster care, student must have aged out
  • Enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in a CUNY school for the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Enrolled in a private college in New York City and have completed at least their first year
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • 24 years old or younger


Applications are currently closed.


The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund


Are you aged out of foster care and experiencing an emergency that may prevent you from finishing school?

The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund can help you. The Fund assists youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. To be eligible you must have aged out of foster care in New York City, are no older than 27 years of age, enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year college, and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Requests must be urgent in nature.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Click here to download the application.


Phyllis Brodsky

Tel: 212.341.3318

Fax: 917.551.7374




Technology Workforce Development Program


Not interested in going to college but would like training to enter a successful career?

New Yorkers for Children has partnered with several training providers to support youth in foster care or former foster youth in New York to become hirable, competitive candidates in the tech workforce and attain jobs in software testing, IT support, and network engineering. Participants will receive training from professionals, are offered tutors, a $500 bi-weekly stipend, certification and networking opportunities, and career development to find employment in the technology sector. To be eligible youth must be 18-24, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and a demonstrated interest in technology.

To apply or refer a youth contact Kimberly Weaver, Manager of Programs, at (646) 257-2930 or


Youth Advisory Board


The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of college students currently or formerly in foster care who serve as advocates for youth in foster care in New York City. YAB’s mission is to support NYFC by shaping public awareness and perceptions of children and youth in foster care, and inspiring peers to become advocates in their communities. YAB collaborates with other programs for positive youth development, education, and professional success, while inspiring New Yorkers of all ages and walks of life to strengthen society. The group meets at NYFC once a month to plan events and programs that positively impact younger children in foster care. The YAB also advises NYFC on the needs of older youth in foster care and provides an opportunity for youth to meet and socialize with one another.

Interested in joining the YAB, complete this interest form.