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A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 10, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $580,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. CD Greene served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which sold out before the invitations were printed. Event Chairs included Allison Aston, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Natalia Gottret Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie and Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening featured music by DJ Kiss, decor by David Stark, a silent auction, and youth speaker Peterson Rodriguez.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Pink Tartan dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

Roger Vivier and NYFC celebrate launch of Jeune Fille line

On Wednesday, April 25th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) and Roger Vivier hosted an afternoon of fun and festivities for guests and their children to celebrate the launch of Roger Vivier Jeune Fille.

Hosts Natalia Echavarria, Coralie Charriol Paul and Shirin Von Wulffen welcomed guests Ferebee Taube, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Adelina Wong Ettleson, Lise Evans, Susan Fales-Hill, Kelly d’Halluin, Anna Pinheiro, Vanessa Cornell and others to the Roger Vivier Boutique to support NYFC and bring awareness to the over 14,000 youth in foster care in New York City.

NYFC supporters, both children and their moms, were treated to a show by Mario the Magician and face painting by Derrick Little. 15% of proceeds from the Jeune Fille flats benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

2012 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

NYFC held its fourth annual Educational Conference sponsored by the Neuberger Berman Foundation on April 12, 2012 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help high school students in foster care plan for post-secondary education. The conference was a joint effort between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), foster care agencies, and educational organizations throughout New York City. This year, Planning Committee members Harry Berberian of Graham Windham, and Cassie Magesis of the Goddard Riverside Community OPTIONS Center, worked with Kathleen Hoskins of ACS, to create workshops specifically tailored to foster care agency workers. Agency workers were able to discuss educational planning and assessment, gain valuable resources, and network with their colleagues at other agencies.

The conference opened with a panel of youth currently or formerly in foster care discussing their educational experiences at city, private, and state schools. Joining the panel was Moderator Antwuan Walker, an alumnus of the foster care system, who spent eight years working as an Educational Coordinator for the Administration for Children’s Services before becoming a math teacher for the New York City Department of Education. After panelists offered advice to their peers, youth attending the event were able to ask questions and get answers about what steps they should take to start the application process. Following a lunch catered by the Next Generation Center, the students attended workshops led by The OPTIONS Center, HESC, and Foster Care to Success on topics such as financial aid, the application process, selecting a college, and college life. Many students also took advantage of the Resource Fair where they learned about special opportunity programs, college access organizations, and scholarship opportunities. One lucky student walked away with a laptop computer raffled at the end of the day, and other students won gift cards or Kindles, and everyone left with a gift bag including a resource pack filled resources to help them begin their journey to college.

2012 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

NYFC held its fourth annual Educational Conference sponsored by the Neuberger Berman Foundation on April 12, 2012 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help high school students in foster care plan for post-secondary education. The conference was a joint effort between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), foster care agencies, and educational organizations throughout New York City.

 

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New Yorkers For Children and Roger Vivier celebrate launch of Jeune Fille line

On Wednesday, April 25th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) and Roger Vivier hosted an afternoon of fun and festivities for guests and their children to celebrate the launch of Roger Vivier Jeune Fille.

Hosts Natalia Echavarria, Coralie Charriol Paul and Shirin Von Wulffen welcomed guests Ferebee Taube, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Adelina Wong Ettleson, Lise Evans, Susan Fales-Hill, Kelly d’Halluin, Anna Pinheiro, Vanessa Cornell and others to the Roger Vivier Boutique to support NYFC and bring awareness to the over 14,000 youth in foster care in New York City.

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A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 10, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $585,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. CD Greene served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which, for the sixth year running, sold out before the invitations were mailed. Event Chairs included Allison Aston, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Natalia Gottret Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie and Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening featured music by DJ Kiss, decor by David Stark, a silent auction, and youth speaker Peterson.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Pink Tartan dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 10, 2012 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $585,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. CD Greene served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which, for the sixth year running, sold out before the invitations were mailed. Event Chairs included Allison Aston, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Natalia Gottret Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Euan Rellie and Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening featured music by DJ Kiss, decor by David Stark, a silent auction, and youth speaker Peterson Rodriguez.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Pink Tartan dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

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CD Greene Hosts Spring Dance Kick-Off Event

On Tuesday, March 20th, NYFC and CD Greene hosted a cocktail reception in celebration of NYFC’s upcoming Spring Dance: New Year’s in April, A Fool’s Fête. Allison Aston, Alina Cho, and Clare McKeon hosted the evening at BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman. Guests Tinsley Mortimer, Annelise Peterson, Victor Kubicek, Lesley Schulhof, Chris Del Gatto, Veronica Webb, Rory Hermelee, Alexis Bryan Morgan, Gillian Miniter, Susan Shin, Linda Fargo, Nicholas Scoppetta and Susan Burden were on hand to show their support.

CD Greene is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the NYFC Spring Dance on April 10th to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

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CD Greene Hosts Spring Dance Kick-Off Event

On Tuesday, March 20th, NYFC and CD Greene hosted a cocktail reception in celebration of NYFC’s upcoming Spring Dance: New Year’s in April, A Fool’s Fête. Allison Aston, Alina Cho, and Clare McKeon hosted the evening at BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman. Guests Tinsley Mortimer, Annelise Peterson, Victor Kubicek, Lesley Schulhof, Chris Del Gatto, Veronica Webb, Rory Hermelee, Alexis Bryan Morgan, Gillian Miniter, Susan Shin, Linda Fargo, Nicholas Scoppetta and Susan Burden were on hand to show their support.

CD Greene is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the NYFC Spring Dance on April 10th to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

Meet Our 2011 Spirit Award Recipient

Christina is a 20-year-old junior studying Nursing at Stony Brook University. She is the recipient of the 2011 New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award. Christina’s academic achievement, commitment to community service, and her motivation to succeed in school despite significant obstacles make her an outstanding and deserving recipient for this year’s Spirit Award.

Christina never envisioned herself going to college. At a young age, she and her siblings were placed in foster care and moved from home to home. She was later taken in by a caring foster family and it was then she felt cared for and supported for the very first time. When Christina was placed in foster care, she was determined to assist other youth in foster care who face similar struggles. She hopes to be a role model and inspiration to abused and neglected youth, and instill the message that they can achieve anything with perseverance and hard work.

Christina’s interest in community service began with her involvement as the President of the Ushers Ministry at the St. Albans Baptist Church. In this role, she developed leadership skills by guiding and managing her fellow ushers through their weekly tasks at the church. Christine’s sense of service is evident with her active involvement with campus activities. She is the Vice President of her school’s Alternative Spring Break Program, whose mission this year was to help restore the Florida Gulf Coast after the devastating effects of the oil spill. She is also the Community Service Chair for Habitat for Humanity and is part of the Pre-Nursing Society. In addition, she has written several articles for Represent Magazine, a magazine written for youth in foster in care by youth in foster care.

The Spirit Award scholarship will assist Christina to pay for her college expenses and to fund a future opportunity to study abroad. She aspires to become a registered pediatric nurse and to travel the world offering free medical care to those in need.

Meet the Health Care Network to Success Panelists

Adam Aponte, M.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Dr. Aponte is responsible for the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body to the medical school, as well as assisting in the development of “pipeline programs” at the School of Medicine that cultivate a diverse student body for the future. Dr. Aponte currently serves as the Medical Director for the Brownsville Community Development Corporation; an Article 28 licensed Federally Qualified Health Center serving the Brownsville community in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Aponte was born and raised in East Harlem, New York, the product of Puerto Rican parents. He attended the public school system in New York City and in 1986 was admitted to City College of the City University of New York where, in 1990, he graduated with a BS in Biology. In 1990 he was admitted to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and received his MD degree. Dr. Aponte performed his residency in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital, which he completed in 1997. He has been board certified in Pediatric Medicine since 1997. Upon completion of his residency training he began working with the Children’s Aid Society. In 2000, Dr. Aponte was appointed Chair of Pediatrics for North General Hospital located in New York. In this capacity he was responsible for developing innovative programs to boost the care received by children in the East and Central Harlem neighborhoods. Dr. Aponte dedicates his life to working on increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce and feels strongly that diversity will help to address the many health disparities witnessed in underserved and minority communities.

Heather Philippe Butler, ASA, RCA , Senior Echocardiogram Technologist
Long Island Jewish Hospital

Heather Philippe Butler currently serves as the Technical Echo Lab Director at LIJ Hospital at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. In her role as a registered Echo Technologist, Heather performs echocardiograms, stress and pharmacological echocardiograms for patients on a daily basis. In addition she serves as an educator to new cardiology fellows and echo students. Prior to joining the North Shore-LIJ Health System 13 years ago, Heather served as an Echo Technologist at New York University Hospital and Mercy Hospital. She is a graduate of New York University School of Diagnostic Ultrasound and LaGuardia Community College.

Sandra Lindsay, RN, MSN, CCRN, Nurse Manager
NSLIJ- Lenox Hill Hospital

Sandra Lindsay currently serves as Nurse Manager for the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Medical Telemetry Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital, where she is responsible for the daily operations of her unit as well as leadership, guidance and motivation to a diverse staff of over 60 employees. Sandra started as a student nurse at Lenox Hill 18 years ago and has been a Nurse Manager for the past three years. She was selected as a 2011 High Potential Participant in North Shore-LIJ’s High Potential Employee program.
She received her Master’s in Nursing from Herbert Lehman College and her BSN from St. Joseph’s College. She also holds Executive Leadership and Financial Management Certificates from Cornell University. Sandra was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She immigrated to the United States in 1986 to further her education. She is excited at the opportunity to share her experience with and inspire young adults.

June E. Scarlett, MSc, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Assistant Professor of Science Education
Hofstra North-Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

June E. Scarlett, MSc, MPH, is the Senior Associate Dean for Administration for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Senior Associate Dean Scarlett works with Dean Smith in establishing the new School at Hofstra University, recruiting faculty and administrators, and worked on the school’s preliminary accreditation. Since 2004, Senior Associate Dean Scarlett has served as the Senior Administrative Director of the Department of Medicine at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Prior to joining North Shore-LIJ, Senior Associate Dean Scarlett held senior positions at Continuum Health Partners, Inc., New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and Community Counseling and Mediation. Senior Associate Dean Scarlett has an MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of London, University College; an MPH from the Columbia University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Camille A. Pearte, MD, MPH, FACC, Cardiologist
NSLIJ – Lenox Hill Hospital

Dr. Camille Pearte is an attending clinical cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute of New York. She received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she also completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular disease. She has a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and also completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pearte is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Pearte’s active interests include general consultative cardiology and hospital care, preventive cardiology, noninvasive cardiac imaging and testing, women’s health, quality of care, and improvement of cardiovascular disparities and outcomes in high risk populations.

Erika Faust
Orthodontist, Elite Orthodontics

Dr. Erika Faust is an orthodontist practicing in midtown Manhattan. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Howard University College of Dentistry. She is also a part-time faculty member and attending dentist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. For over 10 years, Dr. Faust has used her dental and orthodontic training as an opportunity to service communities in need. She believes it is important for children in urban communities to be aware of the wide array of careers available to them. She is also active with Operation Smile, an international charity organization that treats facial deformities in children. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Faust is a native New Yorker and is an avid supporter of the arts, including such institutions as Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York Public Library.

Theresa Williamson
Medical Student, Yale University

Theresa Williamson, originally from Bensalem, PA, attended high school at George School and graduated in 2005. She went on to college and graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology in 2009. At Yale, she was a member of the Varsity Soccer team, co-founded a program to address health disparities and promote wellness at many of New Haven’s homeless shelters, volunteered at Paul Newman’s Camps for Seriously Ill Children, and performed neuroscience research both in the Yale University Child Study Center and the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Theresa then went straight into medical school at the Yale School of Medicine where she is currently in her 3rd year. As a medical student, she has enjoyed directing community service for Region 7 of the Student National Medical Association, serving as a co-director of patient services and board member of Haven Free Clinic, a co-president of the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Neurosurgery and has continued neuroscience research both at Yale and the Children’s Hospital of Boston.

Henry Engleka
Founder and CEO, P4 Strategy Group and Zibbel, Inc.

Henry Engleka is founder and CEO of P4 Strategy Group and Zibbel, Inc. and has nearly 20 years experience in health care communications, marketing and management. Zibbel, Inc. is a healthcare solutions company that leverages technology to improve health outcomes and delivery. P4 Strategy Group is a healthcare marketing and communications consultancy group. Prior to his current positions, Engleka was a Principal at Widmeyer Communications where he led the Health and Wellness Group and served as a member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. Prior to his work with Widmeyer, Engleka served as Chief Operating Officer for the Mount Carmel Guild Behavioral Health System managing day-to-day operations. Engleka also served as Assistant Executive Director and Staff Director for the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C.

Northwell Health Hosts NYFC Network to Success

On January 12th,  New Yorkers For Children hosted the Health Care Network to Success event at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the Northwell Health, featuring a diverse panel of professionals from the health care industry. The purpose of Network to Success is to empower young people to start thinking about their careers. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists shared their experiences and inspired the young people to pursue their interests.

After the panel presentation, panelists joined the youth in round table discussions where the young people asked direct questions and engaged in conversations with each of them. NYFC Board and Friends Committee members Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Scott Posner, Susan Gilroy, Marisa Brown, Clare McKeon, Amy McFarland, Allison Aston, and Susan Shin were on hand to show their support along with  former ACS Commissioner Ronald E. Richter and Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health. Youth participated in a professional skills workshop led by Year Up prior to the panel discussion.

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North Shore LIJ-Health System Hosts NYFC Network to Success

On January 12th,  New Yorkers For Children hosted the Health Care Network to Success event at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, featuring a diverse panel of professionals from the health care industry. The purpose of Network to Success is to empower young people to start thinking about their careers. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists shared their experiences and inspired the young people to pursue their interests.

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Tory Burch Reception to Benefit New Yorkers For Children

On December 13th, Tory Burch and New Yorkers For Children hosted an evening of cocktails at the Tory Burch Madison Avenue flagship to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Hosts included Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Cristina Cuomo, Natalia Echavarria, Tinsley Mercer Mortimer, and Hilary Rhoda. Twenty percent of proceeds of sales from the night benefitted New Yorkers For Children.

Tory Burch Reception to Benefit New Yorkers For Children

On December 13th, Tory Burch and New Yorkers For Children hosted an evening of cocktails at the Tory Burch Madison Avenue flagship to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Hosts included Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Cristina Cuomo, Natalia Echavarria, Tinsley Mercer Mortimer, and Hilary Rhoda. Twenty percent of proceeds of sales from the night benefited New Yorkers For Children.

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Solange Azagury-Partridge and NYFC Host Cocktail Event

On December 7th, New Yorkers For Children and Solange Azagury-Partridge hosted an evening of cocktails at the Solange Azagury-Partridge Madison Avenue flagship to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Guests had the chance to view the original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz before they go to auction on December 16th, presented by Profiles in History. Guests were also treated to a surprise performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by singer Martha Wainwright. Ten percent of proceeds of sales from December 7th – December 11th were donated to New Yorkers For Children.

Solange Azagury-Partridge and NYFC Host Cocktail Event

On December 7th, New Yorkers For Children and Solange Azagury-Partridge hosted an evening of cocktails at the Solange Azagury-Partridge Madison Avenue flagship to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Guests had the chance to view the original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz before they go to auction on December 16th, presented by Profiles in History. Guests were also treated to a surprise performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by singer Martha Wainwright. Ten percent of proceeds of sales from December 7th – December 11th were donated to New Yorkers For Children.

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NYFC Hosts 2011 Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, November 29th, NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event. The NYFC Board, Friends Committee, and Youth Advisory Board were joined by 100 teens in foster care to wrap over 1,200 gifts for younger children in care as DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics. The wrapped presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

In addition to providing much needed holiday gifts for children in care, Wrap to Rap also serves as a reminder to teens in foster care of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. Sponsors included The Ainsworth, Paige Management Group, Scotch 3M, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Fiji Water. Volunteers were provided by Credit-Suisse, Tory Burch and Full Picture.

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NYFC Hosts 2011 Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, November 29th, NYFC hosted the Ninth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event. The NYFC Board, Friends Committee, and Youth Advisory Board were joined by 100 teens in foster care to wrap over 1,200 gifts for younger children in care as DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics. The wrapped presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

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NYFC is Celebrating 15 Years with the 15 for 15 Campaign!

Over the past 15 years, NYFC has accomplished a great deal on behalf of youth in foster care in New York City. Here are just a few of our achievements:

In 2011, NYFC sent out over 900 Back-to-School Packages to college-enrolled youth in foster care. The NYFC Back-to-School Package Program began in 1999, when 23 packages were sent to students in care.

NYFC has awarded $992,500 in scholarships for youth in foster care through the NYFC Guardian Scholars Program and Spirit Award. Today, scholarship recipients are gainfully employed in the fields of education, social work, public policy, finance, and technology.

NYFC has directly impacted 2,450 youth in foster care in the areas of employment, education, and life skills through the grants we have provided to the Administration for Children’s Services and other non-profits organizations that serve children in foster care.

Since 2004, over 1,500 youth have learned about post-secondary options and employment through NYFC Educational Conferences, Vocational Conferences, and Network to Success events.

In celebration of 15 successful years of improving the lives of youth in foster care in New York City, we are asking all of our friends to make a $15 donation to help us continue to support the 15,000 children in foster care today.

NYFC is Celebrating 15 Years with the 15 for 15 Campaign!

Over the past 15 years, NYFC has accomplished a great deal on behalf of youth in foster care in New York City. Here are just a few of our achievements:

In 2011, NYFC sent out over 900 Back-to-School Packages to college-enrolled youth in foster care. The NYFC Back-to-School Package Program began in 1999, when 23 packages were sent to students in care.

NYFC has awarded $992,500 in scholarships for youth in foster care through the NYFC Guardian Scholars Program and Spirit Award. Today, scholarship recipients are gainfully employed in the fields of education, social work, public policy, finance, and technology.

NYFC has directly impacted 2,450 youth in foster care in the areas of employment, education, and life skills through the grants we have provided to the Administration for Children’s Services and other non-profits organizations that serve children in foster care.

Since 2004, over 1,500 youth have learned about post-secondary options and employment through NYFC Educational Conferences, Vocational Conferences, and Network to Success events.

In celebration of 15 successful years of improving the lives of youth in foster care in New York City, we are asking all of our friends to make a $15 donation to help us continue to support the 15,000 children in foster care today.

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Meet NYFC Guardian Scholar Vanessa Louis

“Attaining a college degree would give me a jump start to chase after my dreams,” writes Vanessa, 20-year-old freshman at Kingsborough Community College, on her Guardian Scholars application.

Vanessa is currently pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and plans to continue her education and obtain a Bachelor’s degree. She aspires to become an entrepreneur and to start her own business one day.

Thanks to the support of our donors, NYFC has been able to expand the Guardian Scholars Program to more youth in foster care, like Vanessa.

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Meet NYFC Guardian Scholar Vanessa Louis

 

“Attaining a college degree would give me a jump start to chase after my dreams,” writes Vanessa, 20-year-old freshman at Kingsborough Community College, on her Guardian Scholars application.

 

Vanessa is currently pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and plans to continue her education and obtain a Bachelor’s degree. She aspires to become an entrepreneur and to start her own business one day.

 

Vanessa is proud to be the first person in her family to attend college. For Vanessa a college degree will help her achieve her dreams and give her the ability to help her community. “In ten years, I want to be able to give youth the opportunity to learn and be independent. I want to give back what was given to me.”

 

Being a part of the NYFC Guardian Scholars Program has boosted Vanessa’s confidence. She says, “I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders knowing that I have a support system at NYFC. Being a part of the Guardian Scholars Program is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I feel so blessed.”

Thanks to the support of our donors, NYFC has been able to expand the Guardian Scholars Program to more youth in foster care, like Vanessa.

Want to know how you can give back this holiday season?

Each year before the holidays, NYFC and teens in foster care wrap presents for younger children in care at Wrap to Rap. In addition to providing much needed holiday gifts for children in foster care, this signature program reminds teens of the importance of giving back to their communities.

We hope you will join us in supporting Wrap to Rap, which will provide holiday gifts to some of the 15,000 children in foster care in New York City.

2011 Fall Gala

On September 20th, New Yorkers For Children hosted their 2011 Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. The evening featured dinner, dancing, a special performance by ELEW and a live auction by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven. Special guests at the event included the 2011 Spirit Award recipient, sponsored by North Shore LIJ Health System, Guardian Scholars, and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. The theme of the evening was “Launch A Star”, with décor designed by David Stark.

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CIRCA Event to Benefit NYFC

On September 15th, CIRCA hosted a cocktail party benefiting NYFC to conclude Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and celebrate designer Sophie Theallet at the smart® Courtyard at Lincoln Center. The event was hosted by Chris Del Gatto, Veronica Webb, Daniel Benedict, Andrew Saffir, Zani Gugelmann, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Julie Macklowe, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Shirin von Wulffen. CIRCA is one of the leading sponsors of the upcoming Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

CIRCA Event to Benefit NYFC

On September 15th, CIRCA hosted a cocktail party benefiting NYFC to conclude Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and celebrate designer Sophie Theallet at the smart® Courtyard at Lincoln Center. The event was hosted by Chris Del Gatto, Veronica Webb, Daniel Benedict, Andrew Saffir, Zani Gugelmann, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Julie Macklowe, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Shirin von Wulffen. CIRCA is one of the leading sponsors of the upcoming Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

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NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

Mark your calendars for the NYFC 2011 Fall Gala, which will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at Cipriani 42. Co-Chairs include Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, and Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai.

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Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Jessica J.
Guardian Scholar, Hunter College

Jessica is a 21-year-old junior at Hunter College studying Childhood Education. Her interest in education and work with children was due to her struggles as a young child growing up in foster care. Placed in foster care at the age of six, Jessica had to learn to fend for herself, grow up quickly, and be strong for her siblings in a very chaotic environment. She and her siblings were placed with their grandmother, and she helped around the household including taking care of her siblings.

She is very active with her local church as a Youth Leader. She leads weekly teen and Bible study groups and his well respected by her peers and youth. She is also a very active member of the NYFC Youth Advisory Board, planning events for younger youth in foster care. In her spare time, she is a dance instructor for children in her community.

She received her Associate’s Degree in Childhood Education from the CUNY – College of Staten Island and will be pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College in the Fall. She hopes to become an elementary public school teacher or a principal and open a school for at-risk children.

Vanessa L.
Guardian Scholar, Kingsborough Community College

Vanessa is a 20-year-old freshman at Kingsborough Community College studying Business Administration. She is motivated to complete school with an Associate’s Degree and to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She aspires to become an entrepreneur and to start her own business.

Vanessa is very proud to be the first individual in her family to attend college. It was during her time in living upstate New York that revealed her love of learning. She believes going to college is an investment in one self. A college degree would mean endless possibilities and a means to reach her full potential. This means not only achieving her dreams but giving her the ability to help her community.

Vanessa currently works part-time as an usher at the Apollo Theater. She also volunteered for the Boys Club of New York. She also enjoys writing poetry in her free time.

Seong I.
Guardian Scholar, Hunter College

Seong is a 18-year-old freshman on the Pre-Medical Track at Hunter College. She is in the Macaulay Honors Program, a CUNY program for academically gifted students. She is passionate about women’s rights, especially surrounding reproductive and sexual health, and is interested in studying International Relations.

Seong was recently selected as an essay contest winner for Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) essay competition on sexual and reproductive health rights of teenagers. She was invited to attend a three-day summit at Washington, DC. She has also participated in the Columbia University Science Honors Program and the Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program, learning more about human physiology/psychology and women’s global/domestic health issues, respectively. She is currently working at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation through the YMCA Teen Career Connection Program.

Due to her experiences in foster care, Seong felt a desire to give back to her community. She was the President of Amnesty International chapter at her school and has been civically engaged in the Korean community through her involvement in the Korean American Voters’ Council and the Korean American Youth Foundation.

Amara T.
Guardian Scholar, Kingsborough Community College

Amara is a 20-year-old freshman on the Allied Health Sciences track at Kingsborough Community College. Amara is originally from the Republic of Guinea and moved to the United States with his brother at the age of 16. Both were immediately placed into foster care. He has witnessed tremendous violence and loss in his home country. He quickly learned English and graduated high school a semester early and with Honors.

College has always been a goal for Amara. He was inspired by a friend who graduated from college and achieved his dreams. With hard work, Amara knew he would be able to succeed in college as well. He would be the first member of his family to have the opportunity to attend college. He hopes to inspire his younger brother who is only a few years younger to be on a similar path. Amara has an interest in becoming a Physician’s Assistant or another career in the medical field.

Katia S.
Guardian Scholar, John Jay College

Katia is a 20-year-old sophomore studying Forensic Psychology at John Jay College. She is described as a diligent student whose example inspires the other youth at her foster care agency. She was placed into foster care after losing her mother to a violent act. She did not let this tragedy destroy the dreams she had set for herself. She wanted to fulfill her mother’s wishes for her and her brothers – and that is to pursue a college education.

Katia looks forward to her new journey at John Jay after transferring from Long Island University. As she begins to age out of care, she is also looking forward to finding part-time employment and her own apartment. She will not let adversity stand in her way.

2011 Vocational Conference Sponsored by BNY Mellon

On June 29th, NYFC held the 2nd Annual Vocational Conference sponsored by BNY Mellon at NYU. Over 140 youth in foster care attended the event to explore the professional world and various employment opportunities available to them. The Conference helped attendees gain a greater understanding of essential professional development skills through workshops on resume writing, interviewing, networking, and conducting the job search process. BNY Mellon volunteers were on hand to help coordinate the day-long event.

In addition to participating in the workshops, Conference attendees had the opportunity to interact with a panel of older youth in care who have already embarked on their career paths. Following the panel discussion and workshops, youth had the chance to connect with over twenty-three New York City vocational training and professional development programs that attended the Conference. Not to be left out, over forty agency workers attended a separate workshop about career planning and job resources available to youth who are preparing to age out of foster care.

Sign up to attend the June 28th NYFC Vocational Conference

The NYFC Vocational Conference, sponsored by BNY Mellon, is an event for older youth in foster care, who may not be college bound, to explore the professional world and different employment opportunities available to them. The day-long conference helps youth gain a greater understanding and confidence in resume writing, goal setting, and interviewing skills, in additon to providing them with the opportunity to meet myriad New York City employers.
Click here to register youth in foster care to attend this event.

Prada Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

On May 19th, Prada hosted a private cocktail reception at its Madison Avenue boutique to benefit the New Yorkers For Children 2011 Fall Gala. The evening was hosted by Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Euan and Lucy Rellie, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai.

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HONOR Celebrates Store Opening to Benefit NYFC

On April 26th, HONOR celebrated its first store opening to benefit NYFC. The evening was hosted by Giovanna Randall, Lesley M. M. Blume, Flo Fulton, Cena Jackson, Lily Kwong, Annabel Mehran, Ariel Meredith, Annelise Peterson, Olivia Sandelman, and Arden Wohl. Music was provided by Alexandra Richards. In HONOR of the evening, a donation was made to NYFC to help improve the lives of youth in foster care in NYC.

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Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success

On March 16th, NYFC hosted the Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success event at Year Up’s Brooklyn office, featuring a diverse panel of professionals from the technology industry. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists shared their experiences and inspired the young people to pursue their interests.

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2011 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

NYFC held its third annual Educational Conference sponsored by the Neuberger Berman Foundation on April 21, 2011 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to help high school students in foster care plan for post-secondary education. The conference was a joint effort between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the Professional Development Program (PDP), foster care agencies, and educational organizations throughout New York City. Members of NYFC’s Youth Advisory Board and the HESC Youth Ambassadors were on hand to set up, check in the attendees, and direct participants throughout the day.

The conference included welcome and opening remarks by Susan Magazine, NYFC Executive Director and Nicholas Scoppetta, NYFC President of the Board of Director. Alfonso Wyatt, Fund for the City of New York, delivered the keynote speech, encouraging and inspiring the youth in attendance to pursue their higher education goals. Anne Williams-Isom, Harlem’s Children Zone, moderated the youth panel of NYFC Guardian Scholars, Youth Advisory Board members, and HESC Youth Ambassadors who discussed their educational experiences and offered advice on taking next steps to apply to college. The students also attended workshops on topics such as financial aid, the application process, selecting a college, and college life. Many students also took advantage of the resource tables set up during lunch on CUNY and SUNY schools, special opportunity programs, college access programs, and scholarship opportunities.

The OPTIONS Center, HESC, and the Education Training Voucher (ETV) co-led the workshops with youth leaders from the NYFC Youth Advisory Board and the HESC Youth Ambassadors Program. Photography was donated by Shu Luan Chen.

HONOR Celebrates Store Opening to Benefit NYFC

On April 26th, HONOR celebrated its first store opening to benefit NYFC. The evening was hosted by Giovanna Randall, Lesley M. M. Blume, Flo Fulton, Cena Jackson, Lily Kwong, Annabel Mehran, Ariel Meredith, Annelise Peterson, Olivia Sandelman, and Arden Wohl. Music was provided by Alexandra Richards. In HONOR of the evening, a donation was made to NYFC to help improve the lives of youth in foster care in NYC.

A Fool’s Fête 2011 Presented by Soigne K

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Eighth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 12, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $575,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  Soigne K served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which sold out before the invitations were printed. The Indian themed evening, with decor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, bollywood dancers, music by DJ Kiss, a silent auction, and a surprise performance by Wyclef Jean.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.  Ann Taylor dressed the young women in attendance and Dior Beauty and Frederic Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

A Fool’s Fête 2011 Presented by Soigne K

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Eighth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 12, 2011 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $575,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  Soigne K served as the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which sold out before the invitations were printed. The Indian themed evening, with decor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, bollywood dancers, music by DJ Kiss, a silent auction, and a surprise performance by Wyclef Jean.

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Chloe Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC

On Wednesday, March 9th, Chloé hosted a private cocktail reception to benefit New Yorkers For Children featuring an exclusive preview of the Chloé Summer 2011 Runway Collection. The evening’s Hosts included Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Cristina Cuomo, Nicole Esposito, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Julie Macklowe, Hilary Rhoda and Susan Shin.

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NYFC Kicks Off the 2011 Back-to-School Package Drive

NYFC makes dreams of a higher education a reality for youth in foster care. As we kick off our Annual Back-to-School Package Drive, our goal is to provide every college-enrolled young person in foster care with the necessary tools to succeed throughout their entire educational experience. Each Back-to-School Package is valued at over $2,500 and includes a laptop, printer, software, backpack, dorm essentials, school supplies, gift cards, and more.

Read Jamar’s story

View the film of Spririt Award recipient Ishmael Kamara receiving his Back-to-School Package

Soigne K Serves as Presenting Sponsor of A Fool’s Fete

The Friends of NYFC will host the Eighth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 12th at the Mandarin Oriental to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Soigne K will serve as Presenting Sponsor of this much anticipated event, which sold out before invites were even printed. Event Chairs are Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.

Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success

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On March 16, 2011 New Yorkers For Children hosted the Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success event at Year Up’s Brooklyn office, featuring a diverse panel of professionals from the technology industry. The purpose of Network to Success is to empower young people to start thinking about their careers. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists shared their experiences and inspired the young people to pursue their interests. After the panel presentation, panelists joined the youth in round table discussions where the young people asked direct questions and engaged in conversations with each of them. Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Scott Posner, Larry Harris, Susan Gilroy and Alison Harmelin were on hand to show their support along with NYFC Youth Advisory Board members.

Panelists included Christopher Bettin of MajorLeagueSoccer.com; Daniel Butchko, Creative Manager and Events Supervisor at Hedge Funds Care; Glenn Coleman, Operations Associate and Sales Associate at Vandis and NYFC Spririt Award recipient; Andrew Essex, founding editor of Absolute magazine and current CEO of Droga5; Samer Hamadeh, co-founder and CEO of Vault.com and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Lightspeed; Larry Harris, former CEO of Ansible Mobile and President of Venture Industries, Inc.; Chantel Johnson, IT analyst at Citigroup and NYFC Spirit Award recipient; Jed Kleckner, CEO of Delivery.com; Luis Mercado, Senior Network Engineer at Logicworks; David Minkin, co-founder and publisher of Breaking Media; Troy O’Reilly, IT Risk Management VP at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bianca Posterli, editor of MODELINIA.com; Tamara Rambus, Director of Human Resources at Unilever; Stephanie Tayengco, VP of Network Operation at Logicworks; Nathaniel Wice, technology entrepreneur and owner of miShare; Paul Yanover, former Executive VP and Managing Director of Disney Online; and Kenneth Ziegler, President and COO of Logicworks.

Youth also participated in professional skills workshops led by Year Up. Photography was donated by Cynthia Chung Photography and food was provided by the Next Generation Caterers, a New Yorkers For Children grantee.

Chloe Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC

On Wednesday, March 9th, Chloé hosted a private cocktail reception to benefit New Yorkers For Children featuring an exclusive preview of the Chloé Summer 2011 Runway Collection. The evening’s Hosts were Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Maggie Cordish, Cristina Cuomo, Nicole Esposito, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Julie Macklowe, Hilary Rhoda and Susan Shin. Additional attendees included Katie Lee, Christian Cota, Ann Dexter-Jones, Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Ashley McDermott, Ariel Meredith, Derek Anderson, Steve Speaks, Lesley Schulhof, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Clare McKeon, Toneya Bird, Donya Bommer, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Martin Dessoffy, and Natalia Echavarria.

Chloe is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fete.  To further celebrate the partnership, ten percent of sales at the Madison Avenue boutique from March 9th to March 12th benefited youth in foster care in New York City.

NYFC and IKEA Redecorate the ACS Children’s Center

On Thursday, December 9th, NYFC teamed up with IKEA to make over two rooms at the ACS Children’s Center. The facility is designed for children entering into foster care in New York City. Together, the team transformed these spaces into warm, welcoming environments intended to make the transition into care easier.

NYFC Board members, Friends Committee members and other supporters were on hand to lend their support and assemble IKEA furniture. The design expertise from IKEA helped create a space that will make a difference in the lives of children who spend time at the center for years to come.

Click here to see the Children’s Center  Redecoration Project on MTV News

NYFC Teams Up with Walmart for Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, November 30, NYFC, Selita Ebanks and Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, hosted the Eighth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event sponsored by Walmart and The Ainsworth. The NYFC Board and Friends Committee were joined by 150 teens in foster care to wrap 2,000 gifts for younger children in care as D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics.

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NYFC Back-to-School Package Program: Jamar’s Story

“I couldn’t believe it.  Out of nowhere, someone cared enough to send me exactly what I needed for school.”

My name is Jamar and I am a freshman at John Jay College. One day, I hope to become a criminal psychologist or a district attorney.

When my friends would get mail and packages from home, I always felt a little sad because I knew nothing was ever going to come for me. Boy was I ever surprised to receive the Back-to-School Package from New Yorkers For Children.  From that point on, I knew that I was not alone. Knowing that someone cares about me really gives me the strength to do my best in school.

Before I got my laptop it was very difficult to do my school work.  The lines for the public computers were always so long and the time limit was too short for me to do a good job.  I spent many long nights waiting for my turn which definitely was a physical and emotional strain.

This laptop is the greatest gift I have ever received. Now I can focus on my school work and get my homework done more efficiently. Your support means a great deal to me and has changed my life in so many ways. I will not let you down.

 

NYFC 2010 Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, November 30, NYFC, Selita Ebanks and Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, hosted the Eighth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event sponsored by Walmart and The Ainsworth. The NYFC Board and Friends Committee were joined by 150 teens in foster care to wrap 2,000 gifts for younger children in care as D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics. Jay Sean and Red Cafe performed their latest hits and Kanye West made a special guest appearance. The wrapped presents, donated by Walmart, were distributed by the Administration for Children’s services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

NYFC 2010 Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, November 30th, NYFC, Selita Ebanks and Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, hosted the Eighth Annual “Wrap to Rap” holiday gift wrapping event sponsored by Walmart and The Ainsworth. The NYFC Board and Friends Committee were joined by 150 teens in foster care to wrap 2,000 gifts for younger children in care as D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics.

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Soigne K Hosts Event with NYFC

Soigne K, the recently opened boutique on Madison Avenue, hosted their official store opening party for friends and supporters with New Yorkers For Children on November 17, 2010. In observance of Diwali, the popular Indian holiday celebrating the Festival of Lights, guests enjoyed Indian refreshments and gifts associated with the holiday including bindis and festive jewelry

Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Melissa S.
Freshman, Hunter College

Melissa is currently a freshman at Hunter College majoring in Nursing. She is a goal-oriented and motivated individual who has always made education her top priority. At the age of 15, she had a son and had to learn quickly to be both a mother and a student. Despite this, she was determined to succeed in school not only to accomplish her own personal goals but to provide a better life for her son. Coming from a family where many did not attend college, she felt the responsibility to be a role model for her siblings and her son. Upon graduating, Melissa plans to pursue her Master’s in Nursing and become a neonatal nurse. She hopes to make a difference in the world.

Sandra G.
Freshman, John Jay College

Sandra is currently a sophomore at John Jay College majoring in Criminal Justice. Sandra is an extremely driven individual who has never let obstacles stand in her way of achieving her goals. She is proud of herself for graduating high school on time with good grades and being accepted into John Jay College, her first choice college. For Sandra, a college education will provide her with the tools and opportunities to make a mark in the world. She aspires to be an attorney. She also works part-time has a group leader in an after school program.

Peterson R.
Freshman, John Jay College

Peterson is currently a freshman at John Jay College and plans to major in Criminal Law. Peterson is very active in his community as an advocate for other youth in foster care. He currently serves as a youth speaker in the ACS Foster Care Youth Speakers Bureau and as a youth advocate for Youth A.W.A.K.E and for New Yorkers For Children’s Youth Advisory Board. He is also active in his agency, working with staff to lead teen workshops on independent living skills. During the summer, he volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity. He is the first one from his family to attend college. He hopes to be a lawyer to speak and defend for those who cannot do it for themselves. He hopes to inspire other youth that with determination and hope, one can achieve anything. In his spare time he enjoys writing music, poetry, and short novels.

Salvatore Ferragamo and W Magazine Host Cocktail Party to Benefit NYFC

On Thursday, October 14th, Salvatore Ferragamo and W Magazine hosted a cocktail party to benefit New Yorkers For Children at their Flagship Fifth Avenue Store. Despite the rain, NYFC Friends and guests came out to show their support of youth in foster care in New York City. The evening included an exclusive presentation of the 2011 Resort Collection and guests enjoyed cocktails and music by DJ Kiss.

NYFC 2010 Fall Gala

On September 21st, NYFC raised over $1.6 million to benefit youth in foster care at the 2010 Fall Gala presented by CIRCA. The live auction by Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s raised more than $400,000 to support educational programs. This year’s event honored Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award. The evening was hosted by Selita Ebanks who grew up in foster care in New York City and Grammy Award Winning Artist Estelle performed.

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NYFC Fall Gala Kick-Off Party Hosted by CIRCA

On Wednesday, September 15th, CIRCA hosted an evening of cocktails to celebrate the  New Yorkers for Children 2010 Fall Gala at Lincoln, Jonathan Benno’s New Restaurant at Lincoln Center.

Devon Aoki, Allison Aston, Maggie Betts, Marisa Brown, Susan Burden, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Chris Del Gatto, Selita Ebanks, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Lydia Fenet, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Zani Gugelmann, Susan Fales Hill, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Alexandra Lebenthal, Kevin and Erika Liles, Susan Magazine, Ashley McDermott, Amy McFarland, Martin Pepa, Nicholas Scoppetta, Carlos Souza, Veronica Webb, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff all came out to show their support of the Fall Gala.

In celebration of this partnership, CIRCA donated 10% of proceeds from jewelry they bought from supporters to NYFC through July 1st, 2011.

NYFC 2010 Fall Gala

 

On September 21st, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) raised over $1.6 million to benefit youth in foster care at the 2010 Fall Gala presented by CIRCA. The live auction by Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s raised more than $400,000 to support educational programs. This year’s event honored Keith Bulluck, New York Giants’ All-Pro Linebacker, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award. The evening was hosted by Selita Ebanks who grew up in foster care in New York City and Grammy Award Winning Artist Estelle performed.

The 2010 Fall Gala Co-Chairs were Henry and Vanessa Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Tina and Peter Harf, Kevin and Erika Liles, and Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai. NYFC recognized Keith, a native New Yorker, for his longtime commitment and philanthropic efforts benefitting young people in foster care. At the age of 12, Keith was placed in foster care when his mother could no longer care for him. In 2003, he founded The Keith Bulluck Believe & Achieve Foundation to help youth in foster care in Tennessee and New York.

This year’s Vice Chairs were Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Alina Cho, Chris Del Gatto, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Amanda and Jonathan Eilian, Nicole Esposito, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Marina Killery and David Orentreich, Susan Korb and Joe McInerny, Francois Kress, Pia and David Ledy, Julie and William Macklowe, Nina Matis, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Ana and Henry Pincus, Scott and Candice Posner, Susan Shin, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.

In addition to CIRCA, sponsors for the evening included BNY Mellon, Emmet Marvin & Martin LLP, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Prada, Seward & Kissel LLP, American Express, Ann Taylor, BET Networks, Chloé, CNN, Deloitte, Dior Beauty, Federated Investors, FFAWN, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, J.Crew, KWL Enterprises, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Miriam Haskell, MTV Networks, N!CE Partners LLC, Oscar de la Renta, and Vanderbilt Hall Hotel, Newport, RI. Additionally, Ann Taylor and Boden will dress the 20 youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

During the Gala, Sotheby’s Vice Chairman Jamie Niven hosted a live auction providing Gala attendees the opportunity to support youth in foster care as they strive to achieve their educational goals. David Stark Design and Production created event décor for the fourth consecutive year, designing an environment reflective of NYFC’s commitment to helping young people succeed. Music was provided by Sky Nellor during dancing.

A short film by Kat Westergaard was shown during the program which follows two NYFC Guardian Scholars as they strive to overcome the challenges presented in earning a college degree while in foster care. The film featured one of the Inaugural Guardian Scholars who graduated from Hunter College and the other as she transitioned to college with the support of the Hugh Jackman NYFC Guardian Scholarship. Click here to watch the film.

NYFC Youth Advisory Board volunteers at NAC Kids Olympics

 

On June 19, 2010, New Yorkers For Children’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) volunteered at the the face painting booth for children with severe disabilities at the 5th Annual New Alternatives for Children (NAC) Kids Olympics.  Larry Harris, Nicole Esposito, and Arlenis Sosa were on hand to show their support.  Over 600 NAC children and family members participated in activities including relay races (with and without wheelchairs), rock-climbing, soccer and gymnastics at Chelsea Piers.  These activities enable NAC’s special children to overcome physical and mental obstacles, meet new challenges and build self-esteem; as well as experience team spirit and healthy competition, get lots of exercise, and, most importantly, have a memorable and fun day as parents and friends cheer them on.  Most of NAC’s children are living in poverty; many have had more surgeries than birthdays; and too many have lived the first years of their life in sterile hospital wards, not out of medical necessity but because their families could not care for them at home.

The YAB is a group of high school and college students in foster care who serve as advocates for youth in foster care in New York City.  They meet at NYFC once a month to plan events and programs that positively impact younger children in foster care. The YAB also advises NYFC on the needs and desires of older youth in foster care and provides an opportunity for these youth to meet and socialize with one another.

Youth For Yoga

On Monday, March 29, 2010, NYFC hosted Youth For Yoga at Exhale Spa to benefit children in foster care in New York City.   This was NYFC’s first annual Youth For Yoga event and the special yoga class was intended to help younger youth in foster care learn how to manage their emotions through yoga.  NYFC Youth Advisory Board and Friends Committee Members all participated in the class and learned fun and relaxing yoga exercises with the children.

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Prada

On May 20, 2010, Prada hosted a private cocktail reception at its Madison Avenue boutique in celebration of the upcoming NYFC 2010 Fall Gala, which will be held on September 21st. The event was hosted by Donya and Scott Bommer, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Kelly and Jay Sugarman. An exclusive Prada collection was on display during the evening’s event, featuring special vintage dresses and styles from the FW 2010 runway reinterpreted in Prada’s signature duchesse fabrics. In honor of the event and their first-time partnership with NYFC, Prada also created a limited edition Prada his & hers fragrance gift set for guests, which included Infusion de Tuberose for Women and Infusion de Vetiver for Men. A percentage of sales at the Prada Madison store from May 20th through May 30th will also benefit New Yorkers for Children. NYFC Board and Friends Committee Members Allison Aston, Marisa Arredondo, Alexandra Becker, Maggie Betts, Eric Brettschneider, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Nicole Esposito, Rory Hermelee, Susy Korb, Stephanie LaCava, Clare McKeon, Tinsley Mortimer, Euan Rellie and Nicholas Scoppetta were all on hand to show their support. Nearly 600 guests perused the 3 levels of Prada Madison, while toasting another successful evening for NYFC.

NYFC Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

We are proud to announce that on September 18, 2011 New Yorkers For Children was awarded the our third consecutive Charity Navigator 4-star rating for sound fiscal management!

Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in the United States, stated in their recognition letter that New Yorkers For Children consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates New Yorkers For Children from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Please visit the Charity Navigator website to see this recognition: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=9295.

Apply to Join the Guardian Scholars Program

The New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, City College, or Kingsborough Community College. The Guardian Scholars program provides an academic scholarship that can be used towards tuition, room and board, textbooks, school supplies, and other living expenses. NYFC provides the essential financial, academic, and emotional support for Guardians Scholars during their entire college experience.

You must:

•Be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City

•If formerly in foster care, must be in care on or after 16th birthday

•Be currently enrolled or accepted to Hunter College, John Jay College, City College or Kingsborough Community College

•Be an incoming freshman or sophomore

If you are interested in applying, please view the application below.

Guardian Scholars Program Application

Completed applications must be received by Friday, July 13, 2012 in order to be considered.

Apply to be the next NYFC Spirit Award Recipient

The NYFC Spirit Award is a $10,000 educational scholarship awarded each year to an individual in foster care who is attending a 2 or 4-year college and is succeeding in college. The recipient is a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to his/her community, the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success, and is willing to represent the experiences and voices of youth in foster care as a spokesperson for NYFC.

You must:

•Be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City

•If formerly in foster care, must be in care on or after 16th birthday

•Be currently enrolled in a 2- or 4- year college or university

•Have completed at least a full year of college. Incoming freshmen are not eligible.

Applications are due on Friday, July 13, 2012. Late applications will not be considered.

2012 NYFC Spirit Award Application Form

NYFC Spirit Award


 

2015 Spirit Award Recipient, Antoinette Kane

 

The NYFC Spirit Award is a $10,000 scholarship awarded each year to a young person in foster care who is succeeding in college. The recipient is a young person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community, and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success. The NYFC Spirit Award is presented at the Annual Fall Gala and the recipient becomes a youth liaison to NYFC.

Program Manager

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide private resources to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City and to increase the private sector’s awareness of child welfare issues. NYFC funds and develops programs that help older youth in foster care as they strive to become successful self-sufficient adults who have the capacity to sustain healthy and stable relationships.

NYFC is seeking a Program Manager to direct and implement NYFC’s educational and youth development programs and manage the grant-making activities including programmatic oversight and evaluation.

Your key responsibilities will include:

* Program Management: Direct the NYFC Back-to-School Package program, Guardian Scholars program, Youth Advisory Board, Educational and Vocational conferences and other educational and youth development programs. Participate in the program evaluation process and report results and expenditures to external funders and NYFC’s Board of Directors.
* Grant Management: Manage the grant-making process and oversight of grants by working closely with NYFC’s Executive Director, Board of Directors and grantees.
* Performance Management, Administration and Capacity Building: Working with the Administrative Director, monitor portfolio of grants by using tools to report program outcomes and expenditures.

The successful candidate will take direction well, be self-motivated and a creative team player and will possess the following qualifications:

* 2-4 years of program and grant management experience; direct experience managing and developing youth development and education programs
* Knowledge of the NYC child welfare system
* Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and with a diverse group of stakeholders including NYFC’s Board, grantees, community-based partners, youth and donors
* Detail focused self-starter with strong organizational skills and the ability to take projects from assignment through completion
* Excellent oral and written communications skills
* MPA, MSW, or other relevant graduate degree is preferred
* Strong computer skills which must include Microsoft Office

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with two (2) writing samples (no more than three pages each) to: info@newyorkersforchildren.org or New Yorkers For Children, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 403, New York, NY 10123.

No phone calls please.

 

A Fool’s Fête 2010

The Friends of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted the Seventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance-New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 8, 2010 the Mandarin Oriental, raising nearly $450,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Partnering with NYFC for the first time, Akris joined as presenting sponsor of the sold out event. Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos served as Honorary Chair and Event Chairs were Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin, and Shirin von Wulffen. Co Chairs included Melissa Beste, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, and Clare McKeon.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai provided hair and makeup styling for the youth in attendance. The 2009 NYFC Spirit Award recipient, Shantel Schloss, shared her inspirational story during the evening’s program and thanked guests for helping youth in foster care as they strive to achieve their educational goals.

Additional support was provided by Dior, Natalia and Sebastian Echavarria, Clare and Robert McKeon, Pilar and Stephen Robert, Ram and Preethi Sundaram, Ann Taylor, Ansible Mobile, Canturi Jewels, Frédéric Fekkai, Dwight Freeney, Katharina Harf and Marc Jordan, Hugo Boss, La Perla, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, Medley Capital, Saks Fifth Avenue, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman and Valentino.

A Fool’s Fête is the annual fundraising event of the Friends of New Yorkers For Children, a group of dedicated New Yorkers who support NYFC’s efforts to help the city’s most vulnerable children. Founded in 1996, NYFC is committed to enriching the lives of young people in foster care as they strive to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Over the past thirteen years, fundraising initiatives like A Fool’s Fete have enabled NYFC to reach these youth through scholarships, tutoring programs, job training, networking opportunities and the support needed to succeed in college.

Youth For Yoga

On Monday, March 29, 2010, New Yorkers For Children Youth Advisory Board and Friends Committee members gathered at Exhale Spa to host the first ever Youth For Yoga event to benefit younger children in foster care in New York City. More than 25 youth in foster care (ages 7-10) and 10 Youth Advisory Board members participated in the yoga class, which was led by an instructor from Yo-Yoga. New Yorkers For Children supporters Marisa Arredondo, Jen Creel, Selita Ebanks, Susan Shin and Rory Hermelee were also in attendance to learn fun and relaxing yoga exercises. The hour-long class flew by as the youth and Friends tested out a variety of yoga techniques and poses, including Selita Ebanks’ personal favorite: the “half moon.”

The New Yorkers For Children Youth Advisory Board (YAB), a group of high school and college students in foster care who serve as advocates for youth in care, proposed the Youth for Yoga event as their spring community service project. YAB worked with the Friends Committee to plan the class, which was intended to help younger children in foster care learn how to manage their emotions through yoga.

Special thanks to Exhale for generously providing both their Yoga and Core Fusion Studios for the class. Additional support was provided by Alternative Apparel and Vitaminwater.

Akris

On March 16, 2010, our friends and supporters gathered at the Akris boutique for an evening of cocktails in celebration of the New Yorkers For Children Seventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance – A Fool’s Fete. Guests also enjoyed a special presentation of the Akris Spring/Summer 2010 Collection.  The event was hosted by Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Shirin von Wulffen. In honor of the event, Akris has extended a 20% incentive off purchases from March 16th – April 8th, from which a percentage of proceeds will be donated to NYFC. NYFC supporters, including Board Members Donya Archer Bommer, Ashley McDermott, Lauren Shortt Pinto, and Nicholas Scoppetta and Friends Committee Members Marisa Arredondo, Alexandra Becker, Norma Olarte Becker, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Ayla Farnos, Nicole Esposito, Alison Harmelin, Stephanie LaCava, Tinsley Mortimer, and Rachel Roy were all in attendance on this beautiful spring evening to mix and mingle and toast to the upcoming Spring Dinner Dance on April 8th.

Back-to-School Package Program

NYFC staffers worked hard to assemble last semester’s round of Back-to-School Packages for college-enrolled youth in foster care. The packages included essential items like laptop computers, printers, bedding, and backpacks, as well as supplies like notebooks, USB drives, pens, and memo pads. Each student will receive a follow-up package for the spring semester. NYFC has already received numerous letters from the grateful recipients of the Back-to-School Packages. Here are a few of their messages:

“Thank you so much for the Back-to-School Package. It brought tears to my eyes to know that there are still caring individuals in the world.”

“I felt like a little girl opening her presents on Christmas Eve. Thank you for bringing me hope. I will not let you down.”

“Thank you so much for the gift package. I will make the best use of everything…especially the alarm clock!”

Special thanks to all of the supporters of the Back-to-School Package program!

Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Milton B.
Freshman, John Jay College 

An aspiring lawyer, Milton plans to major in Criminal Justice. As a child growing up in Brooklyn, he was fascinated by legal shows on television and began to read law books with the help of an older cousin. His interest in law and politics later led him to become involved in his high school’s Model UN and debate teams. In addition, Milton volunteered during the general presidential election to help get out the vote.

Milton plans to take full advantage of every academic opportunity in order to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. He has already begun laying the groundwork for success by interning at a law office and serving as a youth advocate at his foster care agency. His ability to speak on behalf of his fellow youth in foster care will serve him well on his path to a legal career, and NYFC is excited to be a part of his journey.

Katherine V.
Freshman, John Jay College

Katherine entered foster care at the age of three with her younger brother. When her personal circumstances seemed overwhelming, school remained the one constant in Katherine’s life. She always enjoyed learning and took comfort in the stability that school provided. Katherine is thrilled to be the first member of her family to attend college and hopes that her brother will follow in her footsteps.

Katherine will be majoring in psychology, which she hopes will enable her to pursue her dream of working with youth in foster care some day. Katherine is also active in her local community and currently serves on the Youth Council of her foster care agency. Katherine is a bright, outgoing young woman and will be a wonderful addition to the NYFC Guardian Scholars Program. 

 

2010 Vocational Conference

NYFC held its first annual Vocational Conference on February 17, 2010 to help older youth in foster care, who may not be college bound, make next steps onto finding meaningful employment. The conference was planned in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services, FEGS, FedCap, and New York City foster care agencies.

The youth who attended the event began the day with workshops delivered by FEGS, a grantee of NYFC, on resume writing, interviewing skills, goal setting, and how to conduct a job search. After lunch, which was made by the FedCap culinary program, the youth met with representatives from organizations such as: the New York City Fire Department, US Postal Service, a PC Repair group, a culinary program, the FEGS internship program, the Year Up Program, a dog training group, Barber, a construction training program, and many more. This enabled the youth to learn about different avenues of employment they may not have been exposed to before.

The Vocational Conference was a great success and we are looking forward to hosting it again next year!

New Yorkers For Children Funds Fourteen New Programs in 2009

New Yorkers For Children is dedicated to supporting foster care agencies, preventive services, supportive services, and community-based organizations who assist older youth in foster care. Despite the economic downturn, New Yorkers For Children was able to offer the same level of funding in 2009 as in 2008, thanks to the generosity of our committed supporters.

New Yorkers For Children allocated over $800,000 in funding for programs that serve older youth in foster care through education, mental health services, life skills, and employment training.

Click here to see our 2009 grantees

New Yorkers For Children Funds Fourteen New Programs in 2009

Cardinal McCloskey Services is working to help students in foster care make decisions about their futures before entering high school through the Using the Strategies for School Success Program.

Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau is helping youth in foster care in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island achieve their high school diploma or GED through individualized counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.

The Children’s Aid Society, one of our 2008 grantees, is connecting teens with practical work experiences that will help to prepare them for adulthood through the Next Generation Center’s Employment Training Program.

FedCap is working to connect youth in foster care with supportive adults to assist them as they transition out of care. The Transitions: Building Relationships and Resources program provides assessments, individualized employment coaching, job training, and job placement.

FEGS supports youth in foster care through the Academy program, which provides young people with comprehensive career education services in order to prepare them for independent adulthood.

The Goddard-Riverside Community Center offers two-part workshops to youth in foster care on college admissions and financial aid through the OPTIONS Center for Educational and Career Choice. OPTIONS provides youth with one-on-one counseling.

Good Shepherd Services, also a 2008 grantee, is hiring a Sanctuary Implementation Coordinator to fully implement the Sanctuary Model throughout the foster boarding home program.

Highbridge Community Life Center is working to reduce abuse and neglect and foster care placement in the Highbridge community of the South Bronx through Bridge Builders, a donors’ and community collaborative with Children’s Services.

The Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) is using their funding from NYFC to continue implementing the Sanctuary Model into Family Foster Care Programs, a project they began in 2008 with NYFC’s support.

The New York Center For Children, another of our 2008 grantees, is implementing, developing, and expanding a group therapy program to help adolescents make the successful transition from foster care to healthy and productive adulthood.

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, also a 2008 grantee, is hiring a full-time Master’s level clinician who provides therapeutic services to older youth in foster care to help them transition into adulthood.

The Osborne Association, another of our 2008 grantees, aims to improve permanency for youth in foster care who have an incarcerated parent through the Permanency Enhancement Project.

Safe Space is building on the success of their Far Rockaway Drop in Center (FRDIC), supported by New Yorkers For Children in 2008. They are working to adapt a 12-week curriculum to work with youth in foster care to help them improve their relationships with their current foster parents.

Staten Island Mental Health Society has created the Fostering Transition to Independence program, which delivers an evidence-based model called Transition to Independence (TIP) to youth in foster care who are abusing drugs and alcohol, or who have been impacted by alcohol and drug use in their families of origin.

 

NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

Honoree
Carmelo K. Anthony

Honorary Chair
Nicholas Scoppetta

Gala Co-Chairs
Henry and Vanessa Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai

request the pleasure of your company at the

NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN

2011 Annual Fall Gala

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Cipriani 42

Cocktails at 6:30 pm

Dinner, Live Auction, and Musical Performance to Follow

Black Tie

For more information, please contact Jennifer Houston at 212.867.1117 or jhouston@innovativephilanthropy.net.

Click here to download the NYFC 2011 Fall Gala response form now.

Youth For Yoga

On Monday, March 29,2010, New Yorkers For Children Youth Advisory Board and Friends Committee members gathered at Exhale Spa to host the first ever Youth For Yoga event to benefit younger children in foster care in New York City.   More than 25 youth in foster care (ages 7-10) and 10 Youth Advisory Board members participated in the yoga class, which was led by an instructor from Yo-Yoga.

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NYFC Partners With Broadway

We are thrilled to announce that New Yorkers For Children, along with the NYCPBA Widows & Children’s Fund, was the recipient of proceeds from a specially added final performance of the Broadway smash hit, A Steady Rain.  Starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, this critically acclaimed drama was one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the season.

This final performance of the show’s twelve-week run took place on Sunday, December 6th at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

2009 Educational Conference

NYFC held its first annual Educational Conference on April 14, 2009 at John Jay College to help high school students in foster care plan for post-secondary education. The conference was a joint effort between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services, foster care agencies, and educational organizations throughout New York City. Members of NYFC’s Youth Advisory Board were on hand to set up, check in the attendees, and direct participants throughout the day.

The conference included a panel of Guardian Scholars, past Spirit Award winners, and Youth Advisory Board members who discussed their educational experiences. Guidance counselors were seated at each table to answer individual questions about the college process. The students also attended workshops on topics like financial aid, the application process, and information about SUNY, CUNY, and local community colleges.

The event was a huge success, and the students came away excited about the prospect of attending college. We are excited to host the conference again this year!

 

CHIPP Holiday Party 2009

On December 15, 2009, the Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (CHIPP) hosted its sixth annual holiday party at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. The event, a joint effort between New Yorkers For Children, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Corrections, brings children in foster care together with their mothers who are incarcerated to celebrate the holidays. The event serves to maintain bonds between children and their mothers and create lasting family memories.

As the children arrived at the party, they were greeted by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and one of Santa’s helpers. The children listened to Christmas stories read by Santa’s helper and joined their mothers to sing Christmas carols and draw pictures. The families enjoyed a special holiday meal, and each child received a Christmas gift donated by NYFC. The children were excited to share a fun day with their mothers, and every family embraced the opportunity to spend time together during the holiday season.

NYFC is proud to support CHIPP again this year. Happy holidays!

 

Ankasa

On December 1, 2009, our friends and supporters gathered at the ANKASA boutique for an intimate evening of cocktails and shopping to celebrate Sachin + Babi for ANKASA’s new ready to wear floor, where well-known artist Chuck Price displayed 22 fantastic pieces for sale. The event was hosted by Marisa Brown, Cristina Cuomo, Kalliope Karella, Lauren Remington Platt, and Bettina Zilkha. In honor of the event, ANKASA donated a percentage of proceeds for the month of December to NYFC. NYFC wishes to thank Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia, who also supported our 2009 Fall Gala, for their continued contribution to youth in foster care in New York City.

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New Yorkers For Children is in the running to receive a $25,000 grant through the Chase Community Giving partnership with Facebook! Please click here to vote for New Yorkers For Children and help support youth in foster care in New York City. The deadline to vote is December 11, so please vote as soon as possible.

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Rachel Roy

On September 10, 2009, New Yorkers For Children joined Rachel Roy and Vogue for Fashion’s Night Out at the RACHEL Rachel Roy pop-up store in SoHo to celebrate the launch of the new line. The evening featured music by DJ Lady Bunny, treats from a vintage Good Humor ice cream truck, and an appearance by Grammy winner Estelle. Graffiti artist George “SenOne” Morillo also showed off his work, including a graffiti wall where guests could sign to show their support for New Yorkers For Children. There were plenty of supporters in attendance, including Kevin Liles, Daniel Benedict, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Lydia Fenet, Sang A Im-Propp, Alexandra Lind Rose, Andrew Saffir, and Shirin von Wulffen. NYFC Youth Advisory Board member Monique and Guardian Scholars Jessica and Victoria were also on hand to work with SenOne, creating their own designs on the graffiti wall.

Tour of Good Morning America 2009

On the morning of November 20, 2009, the 2009 New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award winner and several members of the Youth Advisory Board woke up bright and early to tour the studios of Good Morning America. The youth spent an exciting morning learning about news production, from the news desk to the sound room. They were personally invited by anchor Diane Sawyer, who has shown a deep commitment to youth in foster care through her ABC report, “A Call to Action: Saving Our Children.” Diane and fellow anchors Robin Roberts and Chris Cuomo were on hand to answer the group’s questions and show them around the set. NYFC thanks Good Morning America for providing these young people with such an incredible experience!

Wrap to Rap 2009

New Yorkers For Children hosted the Seventh Annual Wrap to Rap, an afternoon of wrapping holiday gifts for children in foster care, on November 17 at Madison Square Garden. Joba Chamberlain of the 2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees served as the host and Delta Air Lines generously sponsored the event. The NYFC Board and Friends Committee joined over 100 teens in foster care to wrap more than 1,500 toys and gifts. DJ D-Nice spun hip-hop and holiday classics and guests enjoyed a special performance from cast members of Broadway’s Rock of Ages. Wrapped gifts were distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City during the holiday season.

Each year, Wrap to Rap provides an opportunity for young people in foster care to spend time with the Board and Friends of NYFC. In addition, the event serves to remind teens of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. Special thanks to Delta Air Lines and Madison Square Garden for making this event possible and Wal-Mart for donating over 1,000 toys. Additional support was provided by Scotch brand from 3M, Commonwealth Packaging Company, Alternative Apparel, and Crumbs.

Amy McFarland, Director of Development

Amy McFarland’s involvement with New Yorkers For Children goes back to 2003, when she joined the Friends Committee and served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee. When she became Director of Development in 2006, she brought her extensive experience in marketing, public relations, and corporate partnerships to New Yorkers For Children (NYFC).  Prior to her involvement with NYFC, Ms. McFarland was Director of Marketing and Communications for fashion designer Zac Posen, where she developed strategic co-branded partnerships and was responsible for all marketing, events and public relations initiatives.
 
In 2002, she formed SNAP Public Relations, a full-service communications and product placement firm serving high-profile clients such as TUMI, Zac Posen, Escada, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and American Ballet Theater.  She conceptualized and directed strategically tiered campaigns and expanded client opportunities through advantageous partnerships. Ms. McFarland also founded Chopper Films in 2001, where she developed and produced commercials and videos for clients such as British Airways, MTV, TNN, New York Lottery, and Dylan’s Candy Bar.  She was responsible for the financing, production, marketing, and distribution of documentaries such as “Haunted” and “Rolling Thunder.”
 
As an Account Supervisor and Producer at Ruder Finn Public Relations, Ms. McFarland worked with Schering Plough, Miss America 2000, and Veterans Aimed Towards Awareness (VATA) to create and implement events across the country educating veterans about their risk for hepatitis C (HCV) and encouraging testing. As a result of the campaign, nearly 70 million Americans were educated about HCV through stories appearing on major networks and in key print publications.
 
Ms. McFarland also has a notable background in advertising. During her tenure at DDB Worldwide, she served as both an Account Supervisor for the New York Lottery and a Producer in the commercial production department, where she worked on projects for Sephora, Ralph Lauren, Clean & Clear, Pfizer, and Dial. While at BBDO Advertising, she managed the creative process and TV production of Visa’s Super Bowl ’97 spots. At Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Ms. McFarland oversaw accounts for General Mills and Johnson & Johnson, creating and producing award-winning television and print campaigns for Cheerios, Kix, Trix, and Tylenol.
 
Amy McFarland graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she moved to New York City to attend high school at the Professional Children’s School. She currently resides in Chelsea.

Tenth Annual Fall Gala

 

On September 22, 2009, nearly 700 friends and supporters of New Yorkers For Children celebrated the Tenth Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42 to MAKE IT HAPPEN for youth in foster care in New York City. Nina and Mitch Davidson, Oscar de la Renta, Tony and Susan Gilroy, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Kevin Liles, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff served as co-chairs for the Gala, which raised $1.5 million to benefit youth in foster care.

A giant wall of yellow and black Post-its, created by David Stark, graced the entrance to Cipriani as guests arrived. Quotes from NYFC youth were projected on the walls, further emphasizing the impact of NYFC’s educational programs. A large “giving tree,” also created entirely of Post-its and featuring messages from NYFC youth, stood in the adjacent chapel. Guests were invited to post their thoughts on how they MAKE IT HAPPEN.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper served as the host for the evening, and Board Member Kevin Liles presented honoree Mary J. Blige, philanthropist and founder of FFAWN, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award. Blige received the award for her work in empowering young women through education, career development, and promoting strong self-esteem and personal growth.

Spirit Award recipient Shantel Schloss, a junior at Morgan State University in Baltimore, was among the young people in foster care in attendance. Shantel plans to use her $10,000 award toward her college tuition and LSAT classes, which will help her achieve her dream of attending a top law school. Shantel and her peers were especially excited for special musical guest Ne-Yo’s energetic performance, which had guests on their feet and cheering during dinner.

Oscar-nominated director Tony Gilroy premiered his first short film at the Gala, featuring the inspiring stories of eight youth in foster care. The poignant film detailed their past struggles, future aspirations, and how their lives have been changed by NYFC programs. It struck a deep chord with the Gala guests, reminding them of the importance of supporting these programs and the youth they serve. To view the film, please visit http://newyorkersforchildren.org.

The evening also featured a live auction to benefit educational programs for youth in foster care in New York City, presented by Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s. To start the bidding, new Board Member Nancy Jarecki’s family and friends kicked off the auction with a $10,000 bid in her honor, setting in motion a highly successful auction which raised nearly $250,000.

New Yorkers For Children sincerely thanks Macy’s, who outfitted all 19 youth, and Silver sponsors MAC and Frederic Fekkai who provided makeup and hairstyling.

New Yorkers For Children also extends a special thank you to The Jay and Kelly Sugarman Foundation, our Platinum sponsor for the evening, Delta Air Lines, the official airline sponsor of the event, and Ankasa, who donated hand-finished cut work table linens and customized MAKE IT HAPPEN embroidered napkins. We look forward to your continued support and we hope to see you next Fall!

Request For Proposals

New Yorkers For Children is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to foster care agencies, preventative services, supportive programs, and community based organizations that serve older youth in foster care in New York City. NYFC will provide one-year grants to organizations to fund programs that will help prepare older youth in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood. Please note that all applications must be received by NYFC in their entirety by 5:00pm on June 30, 2009.

To submit a proposal, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact New Yorkers For Children’s program manager Naomi Weisel at nweisel@newyorkersforchildren.org.

Sports Network to Success

On June 2, 2009 New Yorkers For Children hosted the Sports Network to Success event at Chelsea Piers, featuring athletes, sportscasters, doctors, writers, and many other professionals from the sports industry. Panelists included Justin Tuck, defensive end for the New York Giants; Alonzo Mourning, former player for the Miami Heat and founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities; Dr. Marvell Scott, sportscaster and sports doctor; Roland Betts, Founder and Chairman of Chelsea Piers; George Pyne, President of IMG Sports & Entertainment; panel moderator Mike Lupica, New York Daily News sports columnist and bestselling author; and many others. Nearly 100 young people in foster care listened as the panelists told stories of their backgrounds and stressed the importance of getting an education. After the panel presentation, panelists joined the youth in round table discussions where the young people asked direct questions and engaged in conversations with each of them.

Members of the Friends Committee and Board of Directors helped to make this event one of our most successful to date, including Selita Ebanks, Kevin Liles, Alina Cho, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Maggie Betts, Ashley McDermott, Susan Burden, Norma Becker, Alexandra Becker, Marisa Arredondo, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Julie Macklowe, Ayla Farnos, Alison Harmelin, Lydia Fenet, Susan Shin, Allison Aston and Rory Hermelee.

The youth in attendance also participated in a workshop presented by FEGS, where they learned about career options and the sports industry. NYFC thanks FEGS for their support!

Valentino and Vogue

The first awareness event of 2009, sponsored by Valentino and Vogue, took place on March 5 at the Madison Avenue Valentino boutique. The evening of cocktails and shopping was hosted by Fabiola Beracasa, Alina Cho, Jennifer Creel, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Zani Gugelmann, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Maggie Rizer, and Susan Shin. NYFC Board and Friends Kevin Liles, Ashley McDermott, Zac Posen, Shirin von Wulffen, Lydia Fenet, Maggie Betts, Selita Ebanks, and Stephanie LaCava were on hand to show their support. While DJ Paul Sevigny spun music, guests explored the Valentino store and perused the label’s latest collection. A donation was made in honor of the evening and 10% of the night’s sales went to NYFC.

A Fool’s Fête 2009

On April 15, 2009, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their Sixth Annual Spring Dinner Dance-New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête. More than 400 guests celebrated the evening of dinner, dancing, and a record-breaking silent auction at the Mandarin Oriental, helping to raise almost $400,000 to support youth in foster care in New York City. The Halcyon Company joined as Lead Sponsor and Pink Tartan served as a Sponsor for this sold-out event.

Event Chairs Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Joy Bryant, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Shirin von Wulffen and Honorary  Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos played a crucial role in the event’s success. Co-Chairs Victor Kubicek, Derek Anderson, and Kimberley Newport-Mimran helped to make the evening possible. Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson, Common, Serena Williams, Cat Deeley, John Demsey, Robert Buckley, Rachel Zoe, Walt Freese, Gail Grimmett, Emmy Rossum, Coco Rocha, Jack Huston, Leigh Lezark, and Erica and Geraldo Rivera also attended the event to show their support for New Yorkers For Children.

Guests had an exciting opportunity to show their support for youth in foster care through the silent auction. They perused the many unique auction items as the night progressed, ultimately raising a record-breaking $62,000 to benefit New Yorkers For Children’s programs.

Generous supporters included Ben & Jerry’s, Peter and Tina Harf, Bally, Burberry, Dior Beauty, Frederic Fekkai, Hautelook.com, Hugo Boss and Christine and Stephen Schwarzman. In addition to their sponsorship, Pink Tartan also created custom dresses and suits for the ten young people in foster care who joined us for the evening while Frederic Fekkai and Dior Beauty provided hair and makeup styling. Ben & Jerry’s generously sponsored the table for our young guests and provided miniature ice cream cones to guests as the night came to a close.

Thank you to all of our incredible contributors and devoted supporters. We look forward to seeing you again at A Fool’s Fête on April 8, 2010!

Donate to the Back-to-School Package Drive

Give the gift of opportunity to a young student in foster care:

$10,000 = 4 Back-to-School Packages

$2,500 = 1 Back-to-School Package

$1,500 = 1 laptop and 1 printer

$500 = Dorm essentials including linens, towels, alarm clock, gift cards and more

$100 = A gift card to purchase books

$50 = School supplies such as notebooks binder paper, pens, stapler and more

Dior and Vogue

In a show of support for New Yorkers For Children, Dior and Vogue hosted an in-store celebration on Tuesday, December 9th, and made a donation to NYFC in honor of the event. NYFC supporters Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Susan Shin, B Michael, Lydia Fenet, Marisa Arredondo, Daniel Benedict, Martin Gibson, Andrew Saffir, Olivia Palermo, and Adelina Wong Ettelson gathered at the Madison Avenue Dior location for the wintry event, where guests admired limited edition holiday gifts and sat for impromptu portraits by William Donovan as DJ Donna D’Cruz provided music. On behalf of NYFC, we are grateful for Dior’s patronage and for Vogue’s continued support as we prepare for our upcoming event, New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. We hope to see you all there

Friends Committee

Honorary Chair
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos*

Committee Co-Chairs
Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy
Alina Cho

Executive Committee
Allison Aston
Marisa Brown
Amy Crate
Natalia Gottret Echavarria
Nicole Esposito
Ayla Farnos
Lydia Fenet
Clare McKeon
Susan C. Shin

Committee Members
Stefania Allen
Edward Barsamian
Erika Bearman
Suzy Biszantz
Hana Bitton
Lauren Santo Domingo
Selita Ebanks
Zani Gugelmann
Alison Harmelin
Larry Harris
Kate Davidson Hudson
Derrick D-Nice Jones
Maria Gulia Prezioso Maramotti
Laura Nicklas
Coralie Charriol Paul
Lauren Shortt Pinto*
Zac Posen
Euan Rellie
Rachel Roy
Susan Singh
Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff*
Annelise Winter

*denotes NYFC Board Member

New Yorkers For Children Funds Thirteen New Programs

In June 2008, New Yorkers For Children issued our first Request For Proposals (RFP) to foster care and preventive service agencies, supportive programs, and community based organizations that serve youth in foster care in New York City. NYFC was thrilled to receive 47 proposals in response to our RFP.

After a thorough review of the organizations and proposals by the Board of Directors’ Program Committee, NYFC funded 13 new programs in this grant year for a total of $816,101:

Children’s Aid Society’s Next Generation Center (NGC)

NYFC’s support will fund an Education Coordinator and a Youth Development Services Coordinator who will address the specialized needs of disconnected youth, with a focus on young adults who have been involved with the child welfare system.

Coalation for Hispanic Families

Funding will enhance the agency’s current Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) program with a social skills development program that will provide training for 50 youth in care.

Fund For Social Change

NYFC will join a funding collaborative to promote the hiring of Parent Advocates by foster care agencies. These advocates are parents whose children have been placed in care, and have change their lives for the better, received extensive training, and have been reunited with their children. The collaborative will support a competitive process for foster care agencies to apply for funds to hire, train, support, and evaluate the Parent Advocate Initiative by the University of Chicago at Chapin Hall.

Good Shepherd

NYFC’s financial support will allow for the expansion and enhancement of the family engagement efforts of the Permanency Unit. Good Shepherd will hire a Parent Advocate to engage selected families in a residential facility with an ongoing program of workshops, activities and retreats to strengthen family bonds and parenting skills.

Graham Windham

As a result of NYFC funding, Graham Windham will engage in recruitment of new foster homes targeted for teenagers in their community of origin, focusing on Highbridge in the Bronx and East Harlem in Manhattan.

Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)

This grant will support the design of a replicable model for family foster care that incorporates the principles and techniques of the Sanctuary Model, a trauma informed treatment model that JCCA introduced in their Westchester Campus. The Sanctuary Model provides both a philosophy and specific tools that will allow JCCA to better prepare youth for adulthood, improve family interactions among youth, their families and foster families and ensure permanency for children in care.

New Alternatives For Children (NAC)

NAC’s mission is to provide innovative, high quality services to families who are caring for children with special medical needs at home. With funding from NYFC, the One Step Forward program will encompass an array of youth development activities that meet the special needs of medically fragile teens and young adults and their siblings who are at present or have been in foster care.

New York Center For Children

The new Group Therapy program for youth in foster care, which will receive financial support from NYFC, aims to facilitate healthy transitions to successful adulthood. The program will focus on psychological issues as well as provide support and resources to help empower the teens.

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

Through the support of NYFC, NYSPCC’s will hire a full-time specially trained clinician to provide support to teens, helping them process traumatic experiences and learn skills to manage stress, anxiety and depression to prepare them to become independent adults.

Osborne Association

NYFC’s grant will enhance the New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents by improving the well-being of older youth in foster care whose parents are in prison through data collection, clinical consultation, permanency planning, training, and policy and practice recommendation.

Safe Space

Funding will provide outreach, case management, education, employment training, independent life skills, support services and arts programming to youth in foster care at a new drop-in center in Far Rockaway, Queens.

The Door

The Door will add a Foster Care Services Coordinator to support their extensive programming for youth in foster care. The new Coordinator will provide young people with the intensive case management and counseling support they need during their transition to independence.

Youth Communications

With Children’s Services’ Office of Advocacy and Office of Youth Development, Youth Communications will use funding to develop a booklet of personal stories on building connections between birth parents and foster parents, written by the parents themselves. The booklet will focus on issues facing parent partners of pre-teens and teens, in particular, in order to support permanency for older youth.

Roger Vivier

On Wednesday, October 22nd, Roger Vivier Creative Director Bruno Frisoni was joined by New Yorkers For Children host committee Marisa Brown, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Zani Gugelmann, Julie Macklowe, Maggie Rizer, Rachel Roy, Susan Shin and Ashley McDermott for an evening of cocktails and shopping in the Roger Vivier Madison Avenue boutique.  NYFC supporters, including Andre Leon Talley, Anne and Mario Grauso, Danielle Ganek, Helen Schifter, Alina Cho, John Dempsey, Nancy Jarecki, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Eric Chan, Heather Schatz, and new NYFC Board Member Kevin Liles attended to thank Roger Vivier for their generous Platinum sponsorship of the Fall Gala.  In addition, Roger Vivier pledged 10% of sales from the week to the 6th Annual New Yorkers For Children Wrap to Rap holiday gift wrapping event.

Following the cocktail reception, Board Member Ashley McDermott and her husband Jeff hosted an intimate dinner at their home, which showcases an impressive collection of modern art.  In addition, several vintage Roger Vivier pieces were on display throughout the home.  The evening was a wonderful way to honor Mr. Frisoni for his talent as well as his generosity.

Annual Vocational Conference

The NYFC Annual Vocational Conference is a planned partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services, FEGS, FedCap, and other New York City foster care agencies. The goal of the event is to help older youth in foster care, who may not be college bound, explore the professional world and different employment opportunities available to them. The day-long conference helps youth gain a greater understanding and confidence in resume writing, goal setting, and interviewing skills, in addition to providing them with the opportunity to meet myriad New York City employers.

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Annual Educational Conference

The Annual Educational Conference is a collaboration between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services, foster care agencies, and educational organizations throughout New York City to help high school students in foster care take the next step to apply and enroll in college. The conference provides students with the opportunity to learn about higher education from college students in foster care as well as educational experts. The day-long event helps students gain knowledge about topics such as the application process and financial aid and inspires them to reach their educational goals.

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Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) supports New Yorkers For Children by shaping public awareness and 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 inspiring New Yorkers of all ages and walks of life to strengthen society.

Wrap to Rap

Wrap to Rap is NYFC’s annual holiday event. Each year before the holidays, the Board and Friends of NYFC and teens in foster care wrap presents for younger children in care. In addition to providing much-needed holiday gifts for children in foster care, this signature program serves to remind teens of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities.

Watch the Wrap to Rap film

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CHIPP Holiday Party

On December 15, 2009, the Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (CHIPP) hosted its sixth annual holiday party at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island. The event, a joint effort between New Yorkers For Children, the Administration for Children’s Services, and the Department of Corrections, brings children in foster care together with their mothers who are incarcerated to celebrate the holidays. The event serves to maintain bonds between children and their mothers and create lasting family memories.

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Tour of Good Morning America

On the morning of November 20, 2009, the 2009 New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award winner and several members of the Youth Advisory Board woke up bright and early to tour the studios of Good Morning America. The youth spent an exciting morning learning about news production, from the news desk to the sound room. They were personally invited by anchor Diane Sawyer, who has shown a deep commitment to youth in foster care through her ABC report, “A Call to Action: Saving Our Children.” Diane and fellow anchors Robin Roberts and Chris Cuomo were on hand to answer the group’s questions and show them around the set. NYFC thanks Good Morning America for providing these young people with such an incredible experience!

Upcoming events

On September 22nd, NYFC will host our Tenth Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Mary J. Blige, Philanthropist and Founder of FFAWN, will be honored and Anderson Cooper, CNN Anchor, will serve as the evening’s host. This year’s Co-Chairs are Nina and Mitch Davidson, Oscar de la Renta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Kevin Liles, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.

To help MAKE IT HAPPEN for the nearly 17,000 children in foster care in New York City, purchase your table or tickets by downloading and returning the reply form. Click here to view the invitation.

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Request for Proposals

NYFC is issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) to foster care agencies, preventive services, supportive programs, and community based organizations that serve older youth in foster care in New York City. NYFC will provide one year grants to organizations to fund programs that will help prepare older youth in foster care to successfully transition into adulthood. Please note that all applications must be received by NYFC, in their entirety, by 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

To submit a proposal, click here

2008 Fall Gala

NYFC Annual Fall Gala
On Tuesday, September 16th, more than 700 supporters celebrated the Ninth Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala at Cipriani 42.  Co-chairs Oscar de la Renta, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott and Caryn and Jeff Zucker were joined by special guest Mariska Hargitay for the evening, which raised nearly $1.9 million for young people in foster care.

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NYFC Partners with Broadway

At the request of Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, the Broadway smash hit A Steady Rain added one additional performance to benefit New Yorkers For Children and the NYCPBA Widows’ & Children’s Fund. The specially added final performance took place on December 6 at the Schoenfeld Theatre and raised over $115,000 to benefit the youth we serve. This critically acclaimed, record-breaking play was one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the season, and had been sold out since the beginning of its limited run. After the performance, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig took the stage to talk about the charities and host a special auction.