New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is a unique player in the field of New York City child welfare. We operate our own direct service programs for youth aging out of foster care, and we also serve as a backbone organization overseeing grants delivered through community partners or expert consultants. NYFC works alongside child welfare agencies and community partners to fulfill our mission to improve the well-being of youth and families in the child welfare system with an emphasis on older youth aging out of the system.
NYFC’s unique hybrid role as both intermediary and direct service provider gives us the infrastructure, field knowledge, and flexibility to meet the pressing needs of NYC youth both currently in foster care and those who have aged-out. NYFC serves about 1,000 youth annually - ages 18 to 26 - aiming to enroll them in college, support them through graduation, and help them gain the skills needed to enter the workforce. Since its inception in 1996, NYFC has distributed nearly $70 million in funds to support youth and families involved in the child welfare system, including over $8 million in direct scholarships to foster youth to promote post-secondary education.
We manage the fiscal and data aspects of grants to ensure our youth are supported
We get New Yorkers involved in our work through fundraising and philanthropy
We incubate and test programs that we believe are promising for youth development
We support the design and implementation of youth programs
Provide Direct Services
We are direct service providers of both our signature programs and new, innovative pilot programs
NYFC is a hybrid organization, operating as both a direct service provider and an intermediary organization. In addition to our signature programs, we collaborate with stakeholders on innovative programming that seeks to address the most pressing issues facing NYC’s youth in new and innovative ways.
This hybrid approach means we take on multiple roles, with each facet of our organization working in tandem to increase the educational attainment, life skills, and career readiness of youth in care.
distributed since 1996
participate in direct services annually
60% of youth
who graduate complete a Bachelor’s Degree
40% of youth
who graduate receive an Associate’s Degree
78% of scholars
graduate on time or early
Back to School packages distributed
What The Youth
There are not enough programs in NY state like NYFC, but we definitely need more. In a system where so many of us are already forgotten and left behind, it’s nice to know that there’s still an organization that cares.
New Yorkers for Children is a safe space to help youth cultivate their excellence. Because of the support I receive from NYFC, I will be able to finish college debt free. I am happy to say that I am apart of something that will help more youth to come.
I was thrilled to receive my laptop today so that I can begin my dream of pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work while remote learning.
Thanks to New Yorkers For Children, I am able to keep hope alive that I will succeed and accomplish my dreams!
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work
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