Youth Stories

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…

“I was 18 navigating aging out of the foster care system and doing it alone. I felt very distressed because I had no help or support with moving into college. New Yorkers For Children paired me with a counselor that helped me move into the dorms, got me the supplies I needed to successfully start…

Jessica Maxwell, former Nick's Scholar

“Being a Nick’s Scholar and part of the New Yorker For Children community has provided me with so much support, whether it be financially, academically, or emotionally, and it is really reassuring to know that there are people out there that believe in me.”

Maria, Nick's Scholar

“New Yorkers For Children has completely changed my life and also saved my life. I was homeless not too long ago and I went to New Yorkers For Children and told them my situation and they helped me apply for different housing units.”


“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

“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 to…

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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