Innovative Programs

As the non-profit partner to the Administration for Children’s Services, NYFC is tasked with funding, incubating, piloting, and implementing innovative programs that will improve outcomes of youth in the child welfare system with a focus on foster care.

Below is a description of a few initiatives NYFC is currently supporting:

The Community Connections Detention Diversion Project
Grant Amount: $50,000
Grant Summary: Through this grant, ACS will pilot a detention release initiative with Community Connection for Youth that targets low-risk youth who would be admitted to detention without additional community-based advocacy that can arrange the proper family and community support to allow ACS to utilize its release-to-parent option when youth are first brought to the front door of detention.

Viking Grant
Grant Amount: $100,000
Grant Summary: The goal of this grant is to support ACS’s Early Head Start conversion pilot, which provides 80 center-based Early Head Start slots at 7 locations as well as the conversion of classrooms to accommodate younger children.

Youth Works Grant
Grant Amount: $50,000
Grant Summary: Award to Henry Street Settlement, a local community-based organization on the lower east side, to provide in-depth services for youth who are engaged with the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems in order to prevent their re-offending/recidivism, help them surmount complex barriers, and guide them towards career and educational success.  The goal of YouthWorks is to serve them within a much smaller setting where they can be provided more individualized service planning and one-on-one case management to help youth achieve goals at their own pace.

First Star Grant
Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Summary: The goal of this grant is to support the CUNY Foster Youth Academy. This project is a unique public-private collaboration between First Star, NYFC, ACS, and CUNY Staten Island. The grant will fund a direct service college-preparatory program servicing foster youth ages 14-21 for an initial cohort of 30.

LGBTQ Institute for Family Therapy Grant
Grant amount: $50,000
Grant Amount: The LGBTQ Institute for Family Therapy (LIFT) is a prevention focused initiative aimed at reducing LGBTQ family rejecting behaviors by equipping clinicians with the skills and confidence to better serve LGBTQ families by addressing red flags that arise when discussing a child’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Crossover Youth Grant
Grant Amount: $43,000
Grant Summary: The Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ) funds the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at the McCourt School of Public Policy Georgetown University. CJJR has been integral to the planning and implementation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) and this funding will assist in ensuring fidelity to the model as the last three boroughs launch and support NYC increasing quality assurance mechanisms as CJJR phases out their role with the city. The funding will also go to support ways in which NYC can implement the CYPM for youth who are 16 and older and are entering the adult/criminal justice system

The Door Grant
Grant Amount: $35,000
Grant Summary: The Door applied for the Annie E Casey Foundation grant opportunity – AECF Leap. The foundation has been awarded a $7.5 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Services Social Innovation Fund for a new five-year initiative to increase employment and educational opportunities for young people. The initiative, Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) focuses on youth and young adults ages 14-25, particularly those who have been involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or who are homeless. NYFC’s funds helped meet the first year match for an Annie E. Casey grant.

Children’s Center Facilitator Grant
Grant Amount: $7,500
The staff of the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center work directly with some of the most traumatized children in the city, many have just been removed from their home and display a wealth of challenging behaviors. There is an urgent need to engage the staff in a well-designed exercise to enlist their support and instill a deep sense of common purpose and value. A series of structured, professionally facilitated “visioning sessions” will be offered designed to enlist the child care staff in the process of developing and sharing a common vision for the work.

NYC Family Strong Grant
Grant Amount: $60,000
Grant Summary: The month of April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The goal is to plan awareness events in each of the boroughs and use this as a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

SAT Prep Grant
Grant Amount: $5,000
Grant Summary: ACS used the IVY KEY program to provide SAT prep for students in foster care. The program was available to 11th grade students preparing for the May 7, 2016 SAT examination. Students who completed the program requirements received an electronic tablet to continue their SAT prep with on-line support services offered by the Ivy Key after the completion of the class. The tablet can also be used to help facilitate college planning during transition into the 12th grade.

Youth Leadership Council Grant
Grant Amount: $58,599
Grant Summary: The Youth Leadership Council is an assembly of current and former youth in foster care, including juvenile justice, working in conjunction with ACS leadership and service provider agencies to ensure that the needs of youth in care and those transitioning out of care, are met systematically with access to ongoing support and transitional resources.