Young people who have a history of being in foster care experience a multitude of adversity when transitioning to adulthood. Some of the adversities these young people frequently face are unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration. By providing them with access to mentorships, financial assistance, and higher education, they are more likely to have steady housing, employment, and financial stability. Young people who have taken advantage of opportunities geared towards academic achievement and mentorship have displayed effective problem-solving skills, gained a sense of self-value, and developed their identities which has positively influenced their need to excel and their willingness to plan and work hard.
The NYFC Nick’s Scholars Program is a working partnership between the private sector, foster care agencies, and colleges in New York City designed to support our students most effectively. NYFC believes education provides a solid foundation for the path towards success and self-sufficiency. This comprehensive program provides wraparound support to current and former foster youth, enrolled in college in New York City. The Nick’s Scholars Program is designed to close the educational achievement gap of foster youth by providing essential financial, academic, and emotional support.
For up to 5 years, Scholars receive:
- Academic Advisement
- Peer to peer mentoring
- Career Exploration
- Networking opportunities
- $500 – $700 per month for living expenses
- $1000 – $1,200 per year for textbooks
- Up to $1000 per year for tuition
- $500 move – in allowance
To date the Nick’s Scholars program has a 90% college persistence rate and 75% graduation rate.
In 2017, NYFC enrolled 14 new students in the program and celebrated the graduation of three Nick’s Scholars.