Our Youth

Over our nearly 25 year history, New Yorkers For Children has touched the lives of thousands and thousands of New York City’s most resilient young people. Meet a few of the members of the NYFC family below…

“Our responsibility, those of us who’ve aged out of the foster care system and chartered new paths is to say– see I’m not special, see you can do this. Because I did it. It’s not even a question of if you can, it’s a question of how… New Yorkers for Children is the how”.

Steve Pemberton

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve observed everything that went on in the past, and I told myself ‘I don’t want to be like that. I want to be better’… I just hope that this program continues, because I know there’s a lot of kids in foster care who would like these opportunities.”

Daniel, Youth CAN! Program Graduate

“ New Yorkers for Children, they sent me a package for school when I started my first semester… I didn’t have the money at the time to get that stuff. And I felt loved, I felt happy… I didn’t think I’d be where I’m at right now three years ago– living on my own, going…

Maurice, 2012 NYFC Spirit Award Runner Up

“If someone educates you and tells you something, that’s something no one can ever take away from you. If it wasn’t for New Yorkers for Children, I would not even have graduated from high school. So for them to come and tell me they’re going to help and support me through college…that  there’s somebody here…

Zhanna, 2010 Hugh Jackman NYFC Guardian Scholar

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