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New Yorkers For Children featured as Best in Classs on CUNYTV

New Yorkers For Children was recently featured on CUNY TV’s Study With the Best. Executive Director Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez spoke about our signature programs, designed to provide essential resources to youth in foster care throughout their educational journeys. But best of all, NYFC Scholar King Tolen shared his inspiring story of

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New Yorkers For Children is pleased to announce that it received $1.187 million dollars from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to create and launch the Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund will support academic scholarships covering tuition, books and essential living expenses for students in foster care pursuing undergraduate

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Hello and Happy New Year! My name is Peterson Rodriguez and I was recently elected President of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). I’m looking forward to giving the YAB a fresh start and hope to create positive growth and change! We’re planning exciting new projects and will be more advocacy focused. As a Board,

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#GivingTuesday 2015

This year, NYFC participated in #GivingTuesday, a global social movement in which individuals, families, charities, businesses around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage the joy of giving. #GivingTuesday is a special call to action, especially on social media, and we wanted to be part

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Thank You from a Youth CAN! Participant

I have taken some time to internalize what I wanted to say to you all. I have recently been accepted as a part of the Duane Reade/Walgreens family. I was offered and had appreciably accepted a position as an Assistant Store Manager at Duane Reade. Although I was offered this

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Wrap to Rap and The Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board is a group of young people who support NYFC by shaping public 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 encouraging New Yorkers

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Second Chances — Futures in Motion: Youth Can!

Last year marked the second time that I enrolled in the Futures in Motion: Youth CAN! Program. In my first year in the program I was eager to learn everything however my interest quickly faded at the prospect of getting a job with Summer Youth Employment. I felt bad because

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Thank you for giving NYC’s youth in foster care “A Chance in the World”!

On Thursday September 16th, NYFC hosted the 16th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. Steve Pemberton, Vice President Diversity and Inclusion, Global Chief Diverstiy Officer, Walgreens Boost Alliance,  was presented with the 2015 Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, due to his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster

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I’m ready now to build up my life

My name is Belrycklah Jean-Baptiste. I came to America when I was 15 years old and I was placed in foster care at the age of 16 years. I joined the Youth CAN! program to help me stay connected with people that can help me in the future. The program served as a welcomed distraction from the problems I was facing at home. Now I can say I’m ready to build up my life without having someone to destroy it. This program opened the door for me to be someone in the society and to meet wonderful people that can help me out mentally and educationally.

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