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Thank You from a Youth CAN! Participant

I have taken some time to internalize what I wanted to say to you all. I have recently been accepted as a part of the Duane Reade/Walgreens family. I was offered and had appreciably accepted a position as an Assistant Store Manager at Duane Reade. Although I was offered this position, I did not obtain it all by myself. During my time as a participant in the Youth CAN program, I took risks I haven’t taken before, gotten out of my comfort zone, and met some amazing people. The program provided me a foundation and resources that allowed me to support my vision toward getting to who and where I want to be. I have learned so much in the courses provided at North Shore LIJ Health System every Tuesday and the wholesome practices given from The Reciprocity Foundation every Friday. From both, I gained and enhanced my soft skills, which will be necessary during my new journey and later on in life. Furthermore, having the chance to work closely with my mentor from Walgreens, Michael, has allowed me to diligently work and focus on things I needed to improve, such as my interviewing skills, resume critiquing, body language and much more.

Overall, I would like to say THANK YOU for all of your determination and effort put into assisting youth, such as myself, with progressing and fulfilling dreams and mostly reaching success. You all have played a huge part in helping me get to where I am today, even if you believe it was the smallest of gestures shown. Every talk I had, advice that was given, laughs shared, memories reminisced, and introduction to someone made all the difference. Remember “Small steps make big feats.” Because of you, I was and am able to excel and utilize all I have learned to become a greater me and overcome whatever I encounter with great courage, skill and strength while helping others to do the same.

Kimberly
Youth CAN! Participant

Wrap to Rap 2015

 

Thanks to Macy’s, NYFC’s Board and Friends Committee members, and supporters, NYFC’s 13th Annual Wrap to Rap event was a huge success!

Our 2015 Wrap to Rap Presenting Sponsor, Macy’s, hosted this festive and fun event, on Tuesday, November 17th, at Macy’s Santaland. NYFC’s Board and Friends Committee members, and Youth Advisory Board joined over 40 teenagers in foster care to wrap 700 holiday gifts for young children in care. Throughout the holiday season, the Administration for Children’s Services will distribute these gifts to some of the 11,000 children in foster care in New York City.

Special guests included Terry Lundgren, CEO, Chairman of the Board, President, and Director at Macy’s, Inc., who spoke of the importance of volunteering and supporting our communities; NYFC Board Member and Macy’s Chief Merchandising Planning Officer, Patti Ongman; DJ D-Nice, who spun hip hop and holiday classics; and Board and Friends Committee Members Allison Aston, Eric Brettschneider, Suzy Biszantz, Hana Bitton, Marisa Brown, Susan Burden, Ayla Farnos, Susan Gilroy, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Clare McKeon, and Susan Singh.

NYFC’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) leaders, Anthony and Peterson, spoke of the tremendous impact NYFC has on youth in foster care, particularly during the holiday season. In addition to providing much needed gifts and joy to children in care, Wrap to Rap reminds our teen volunteers about the importance of giving back to their communities. To conclude the evening, the YAB raffled off prizes for our youth volunteers, including Macy’s and Starbucks’ gift cards, and Amazon Kindles.

NYFC would like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Macy’s for their generosity and support and our incredible donors for brightening the holidays for children in care!

Thank you for giving NYC’s youth in foster care
“A Chance in the World”!

On Thursday September 16th, NYFC hosted the 16th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Steve Pemberton, Vice President Diversity and Inclusion, Global Chief Diverstiy Officer, Walgreens Boost Alliance,  was presented with the 2015 Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, due to his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. And his continued support of  the Futures in Motion: Youth CAN! program, an educational and vocational training program for children in foster care.

Maya Haile and Marcus Samuelsson, Chef-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie with NYFC’s Inaugural Community Enhancement Award for their dedication to helping youth in Harlem.

The 2015 New Yorkers For Children North Shore-LIJ Spirit Award, a $10,000 educational scholarship was presented to Antoinette Kane for her academic talent and her ability to overcome life’s challenges. To learn more about Antoinette and other Spirit Award recipients click here.

The event, hosted by Friends Committee Member Alina Cho,  raised over $1.25 million and featured dinner, casino games, dancing, and a live auction by Lydia Fenet. Other special guests at the event included Guardian Scholars and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

The night was Presented by  Chloé. Co-Chairs included Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Christine and Richard Mack, and Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai.

In celebration of the event, an exclusive Charitybuzz auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences will open October 1st and run until October 15th. Including a five night stay at the Montage Beverly Hills and tickets to a taping of Saturday Night Live!

Thank you for giving NYC’s youth in foster care
“A Chance in the World”!

On Thursday September 16th, NYFC hosted the 16th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Steve Pemberton, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Chief Diverstiy Officer, at Walgreens Boots Alliance,  was presented with the 2015 Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, due to his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. NYFC greatly appreciates Steve and Walgreens’ continued support of  NYFC’s Futures in Motion: Youth CAN! program, an educational and vocational training program for children in foster care.

Maya Haile and Marcus Samuelsson, Chef-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie with NYFC’s Inaugural Community Enhancement Award for their dedication to helping youth in Harlem.

The 2015 New Yorkers For Children North Shore-LIJ Spirit Award, a $10,000 educational scholarship was presented to Antoinette Kane for her academic talent and her ability to overcome life’s challenges. To learn more about Antoinette and other Spirit Award recipients click here.

The event, hosted by Friends Committee Member Alina Cho, raised over $1.3 million and featured dinner, casino games, dancing, and a live auction by Lydia Fenet. Other special guests at the event included Guardian Scholars and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

The night was Presented by Chloé. Co-Chairs included Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Christine and Richard Mack, and Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai.

In celebration of the event, an exclusive Charitybuzz auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences will open October 1st and run until October 15th. Including a five night stay at the Montage Beverly Hills and tickets to a taping of Saturday Night Live!

Futures In Motion: Youth CAN!

NYFC has established a partnership with the Office of Community and Public Health at the North Shore-LIJ, Walgreens Family of Companies, and The Academy to offer a summer vocational training program.

This program will provide you with the opportunity to:

  1. Develop skills, knowledge, and experiences in a professional environment
  2. Access professional development and explore potential career opportunities
  3. Participate in an internship to gain hands-on experience
  4. Identify and prepare for a possible career path in health care or retail
  5. Develop a one-to-one relationship with a mentor

To be eligible you must be:

  1. Between the ages of 20 and 24
  2. Currently or formerly in foster care in NYC
  3. Have at least a high school diploma or GED
  4. Eligible to work in the US (valid ID is required)

The Program

  1. Phase I – 
    1. you will develop professional skills in a series of workshops developed by NSLIJ, Walgreens and FEGS. You are required to attend all sessions each week.
    2. NSLIJ workshops –
      1. Tuesdays, 9am-4pm. Transportation provided at 7:30am
    3. FEGS Bronx Youth Center
      1. Fridays, 9am-2pm, MetroCard provided
  2. Phase II – 
    1. If you successfully complete Phase I of the program, you will be encouraged to apply and interview for a paid part-time internship. The internships will be 20 hours per week for 12 weeks, at a pay rate of $12 per hour. Or you may also apply for a scholarship to complete the New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and certification.

Applications

Applications are due Friday, April 10, 2015.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

To apply, click here.

Please email or fax your completed application to:

Catherine Hilyard, NYFC Youth Program Coordinator

Email: chilyard@newyorkersforchildren.org

Fax: 646.257.2931

 

2015 Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue

The Friends Committee of NYFC invites you to join them on Thursday, April 16, 2015 for the 12th Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête. Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, the 2015 Spring Dinner Dance will be held at the Mandarin Oriental, New York and will support the nearly 11,000 youth in foster care in New York City.

This year, NYFC is proud to pay tribute to beloved Board Member Oscar de la Renta and celebrate the tremendous impact he had on NYFC’s programs and development. NYFC is forever grateful for Oscar’s remarkable efforts and unwavering desire to help youth in foster care.

This festive and fashionable evening will feature cocktails, dinner, dancing, a luxury silent auction and a special tribute to Oscar de la Renta.

Click here to purchase your tickets and or tables or contact Sheena Julio, Garwood Events at sheena@garwoodevents.com.

Back-to-School Package Program

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire educational experience. Packages are sent each semester that the student is enrolled in college up to age 25.

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2014 Accomplishments

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, The Futures In Motion: Youth CAN! Program, the Guardian Scholars Program, and the Youth Advisory Board. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

The following are a few examples of our accomplishments in 2014:

$50,017.20 was distributed to 35 young people by The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund to help youth formerly in care who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies.

326 laptops were provided to youth in foster care as part of the 760 Back to School Packages sent in 2014.

75 Back-to-School Packages were sent to youth who have aged out of the foster care system, a new addition to the program.

Over 75 teenagers in foster care volunteered at the 2014 Wrap to Rap program, which provided over 1,000 gifts to children in foster care during the holiday season

The Youth CAN! program doubled in size in 2014, and now has had 30 participants to date. 70% of participants moved into internships thanks to the program.

The 2014 Spirit Award recipient, Jermaine, was provided with a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his educational goals, in addition to the two runners-up, who received scholarships of $2,500 each

 

Join the NYFC 2015 TCS NYC Marathon Team!

Why join New Yorkers For Children’s team?

NYFC Marathon team members will receive guaranteed entry into the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon in exchange for fundraising a minimum amount to support NYFC’s work.

NYFC team members will also receive:

A personal fundraising page through Crowdrise to make your supporter outreach simple

Fundraising support from NYFC staff

Great gear to show your NYFC spirit – including a team t-shirt and water bottle

Invitation to our Pre-Marathon Pasta Party, where you can connect with fellow team members

Opportunities to take part in team runs

and All of our thanks!

How to apply

Email Jessica Kowalczyk at jkowalczyk@newyorkersforchildren.org

Learn more about the program

Click here to read more about the TCS NYC Marathon Charity Partners Program.

Questions?

Email jkowalczyk@newyorkersforchildren.org

2009 Fall Gala Film

Oscar-nominated director Tony Gilroy (Duplicity, Michael Clayton) premiered his first short film, featuring the inspiring stories of eight youth in foster care, at New Yorkers For Children’s Tenth Annual Fall Gala on September 22, 2009.

2010 Fall Gala Film

A short film by Kat Westergaard was shown at the 2010 Fall Gala 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 features one of the Inaugural Guardian Scholars, Basilia, who graduated from Hunter College and Zhanna as she transitions to college with the support of the Hugh Jackman Guardian Scholarship.

2011 Fall Gala Film

A short film by filmmakers Kat Westergaard and Chris Ciancimino was shown at the 2011 Fall Gala that illustrates the challenges that young people in foster care face as they pursue a college education without traditional family support. The film features past NYFC Spirit Award recipient, Glenn Coleman, as he continues his education at graduate school and newly announced NYFC Guardian Scholar, Vanessa Louis, a freshman at Kingsborough Community College.

12th Annual Wrap to Rap

On Tuesday, December 2th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted Wrap to Rap.  At this annual event benefiting youth in foster care, NYFC Board and Friends Committee members joined over 80 teens in foster care to wrap 1,000 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 need, 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 of the night included the NYFC Friends Committee, The Ainsworth, Macy’s and Paige Management.

2014 Fall Gala Film

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) celebrated the 2014 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.35 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. The film features the Youth CAN! Program and the partnership between New Yorkers For Children and North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The film by Meaning in Media Studios and North Shore-LIJ Film Studios was shared with Fall Gala guests to celebrate the Youth CAN! Program success!

Join the Four Seasons Food Truck as it makes stops around New York City!

The Four Seasons Food Truck will be serving recipes by John Johnson, executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel New York! 10% of proceeds, for the week, will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

Items include John Johnson’s house made Italian sausage and pepper hoagie, pastrami soft pretzels, black and white cookies and much more! All items are $10 or less and a portion of the Food Truck.

Keep track of the Food Truck, along its culinary journey, by following #FSFoodTruck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Below is the schedule this weekend:

–   Friday, October 3rd – 375 Hudson Street between West Houston and King Streets, 12pm to 2pm

–   Saturday, October 4th – Kleinfeld Bridal, 110 West 20th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, 11am to 1pm

–   Plus a special appearance at Captain Lawrence Brewery, 444 Saw Mill Road, Elmsford on Friday from 5pm to 7pm on Friday and on Saturday from 4pm to 6pm

Meet the 2014 Spirit Award Recipient

The 2014 Fall Gala marked the 11th anniversary of the NYFC Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually to a young person in foster care who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community, and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success. Northwell Health sponsored the Spirit Award.

 

Jermaine Christian

Jermaine Christian is a 22 year-old student at New York University. He is in his junior year with a major in Leadership and Management Studies with a concentration in International Business. Jermaine’s academic talent and his ability to overcome life’s challenges make him an excellent recipient of this year’s Spirit Award.

When he was 14 and just starting high school, Jermaine entered foster care. Being in foster care never allowed Jermaine to feel completely settled, as he was always facing unexpected changes. Although he graduated from high school on time, he soon found he was unprepared to deal with the challenges of college, and was forced to withdraw.

While this was a hard lesson for Jermaine to learn, he says “sometimes you have to go through rough times to prepare for greatness.” Soon after Jermaine joined the Year Up program, where he was introduced to Nicholas Scoppetta and Susan Magazine, and learned about New Yorkers For Children. While attending New Yorkers For Children’s Network to Success event, he realized the importance of a college degree in order to secure a better future.

Jermaine was accepted into New York University where he received a 3.9 GPA during his first semester. He joined NYU’s Gentleman of Quality Club, a civic-minded brotherhood that promotes leadership, scholarship and service. he also joined the New Yorkers For Children’s Youth Advisory Board, where he currently serves as Treasurer.

This scholarship will help Jermaine pay for his educational expenses as he continues to pursue his goals and earn his Bachelor’s degree. He says “I still have much to learn, but I’m dedicated to turning a big vision into a brilliant future.”

NYFC Launches The 2014 Fall Gala With Chloé

On Monday, September 15, Chloé hosted a cocktail party benefitting NYFC, at the brand’s SoHo Boutique. The event was hosted by Marisa Brown, Selita Ebanks, Alison Harmelin, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Amy McFarland, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Susan Shin. Guests previewed Clare Waight Keller’s fall collection while enjoying champagne and macaroons. Chloé also offered guests the unique opportunity to engrave and personalize their purchases.

On Tuesday, September 16,  Chloé hosted a breakfast event benefitting NYFC, at the brand’s Madison Avenue Boutique. The event was hosted by Lise Evans, Lauren Kenny, Christine Mack, and Clare McKeon. Chloé models showed off various looks from Clare Waight Keller’s fall collection while guests shopped and enjoyed breakfast bites.

Starting September 30th running through October 5th, Chloé will be donating 10% of sales from the Soho and Madison Avenue boutiques to NYFC!

Back-to-School Package Program

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire educational experience. Packages are sent each semester that the student is enrolled in college up to age 25.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE STILL IN FOSTER CARE:

Young people who are still in foster care will continue to be registered by their agency worker.

 

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE AGED OUT OF FOSTER CARE:

These young people will be able to apply for their own packages, if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have aged out of foster care in New York City
  • Be under age 25
  • Be registered to attend college or a vocational training program for the upcoming semester

Apply Here

Submit the application to Catherine Hilyard, including a copy of unofficial college transcript and class schedule for this semester

 

2014 Macy’s 5K Run/Walk

On Saturday June 21st, join NYFC Executive Director Susan Magazine at the Macy’s 5k Run/Walk in Battery Park. Beginning at Battery Park City on the West Side, employees can either run or walk along the scenic Hudson River before looping back down to Wagner Park for an end-of-race celebration.

Although online registration is required to participate, raising funds for Ronald McDonald House of New York City and New Yorkers for Children is encouraged but not required. Sign up free today by joining a team, create your own team, and then invite your friends and family to join you for the second annual Macy’s 5K Run/Walk!

Register Here

Scholarships For Youth In Care

Guardian Scholars Program:

A comprehensive college scholarship program for New York City youth in foster care.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City and attending Hunter, John Jay or Kingsborough as a Freshman or Sophomore in the 2014-2015 school year. If formerly in foster care, applicant must have been in care on or after his or her 16th birthday.

Students participating in the program will receive:

Personalized wrap around services in the form of financial, academic and emotional support
Monthly stipend to help cover educational and living expenses
Connection to academic and personal resources

Guardian Scholars Application

NYFC Spirit Award:

A $10,000 scholarship for one young person in foster care in New York City who is succeeding at any 2-or 4-year college.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City who has completed at least one year of studies at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. If formerly in foster care, applicant must have been in care on or after his or her 16th birthday.

The recipient will be a young person who has demonstrated:

Outstanding leadership skills
A commitment to their community
Determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success

Spirit Award Application

Questions: please contact Catherine Hilyard at 646.257.2930 or chilyard@newyorkersforchildren.org.

15th Annual Fall Gala Honoring Michael J. Dowling

The New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Fall Gala is a high-profile annual fundraising event which raises over $1.2 million annually to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. There are close to 12,000 children in foster care in New York City, and NYFC strives to provide youth with the support, guidance, and opportunities that every child deserves. Over the past eighteen years, it is fundraising initiatives like the Fall Gala and loyal supporters like you who have enabled NYFC to reach youth through scholarships, academic support, tutoring programs, career development, networking opportunities, and the support needed to achieve a lifetime of success

We are proud to announce that this year we will honor Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO, North Shore-LIJ Health System. North Shore-LIJ Health System has been an incredible supporter of NYFC and children in foster care, and we are thrilled to celebrate their dedication to, and Michael’s leadership in creating a brighter future for our youth.

Co-Chairs of the 2014 Fall Gala include  Lise and Michael Evans,  Dayssi and Paul Kanavos,  Christine and Richard Mack, and Stephanie Winston and David Wolkoff.

To purchase tickets or tables click here

Chloé Soho Boutique Donates 10% of Sales April 22nd – 27th

Preview Clare Waight Keller’s latest collection and support NYFC and our city’s youth in foster care! From Tuesday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 27th, 10% of all proceeds from the Chloé Soho Boutique at 93 Greene Street will be donated to NYFC.

To set up a personal appointment, contact the Chloé Soho Boutique at 646.350.1770 or sohonewyork@chloe.com. Can’t stop by the store? Call the boutique at 646.350.1770 April 22nd through April 27th to put in your order!

Chloé Soho Boutique
93 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
646.350.1770
sohonewyork@chloe.com

Lauren X Khoo and New Yorkers for Children Celebrate the Launch of Lauren X Khoo Fine Jewelry

On February 20, 2014, Lauren X Khoo and New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) hosted a cocktail party at a private Upper East Side townhouse to launch the Lauren X Khoo luxury jewelry collection.  200 notable New Yorkers turned up to meet designer Lauren Khoo, whose brand will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming NYFC Spring Dinner Dance.  All in attendance celebrated the continuing partnership, as a percentage of sales from the evening benefitted youth in foster care in NYC.

Celebrating in the glamorous house which was decorated with all white flowers and furnishings, were Beth Ostrosky Stern, Allison Aston, Donya Bommer, Deborra-Lee Furness, Marisa Brown, Rory Hermelee, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Susan Shin, Dori Cooperman, Lauren Khoo, Clare McKeon, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Mark Gilbertson, Suzy Biszantz, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Ann Caruso and Kelly Behun Sugarman, Susan Gilroy, Ayla Farnos, Lauren Kenny, Susan Burden, Amy McFarland, Larry Harris, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Allison Harmelin, and Susan Magazine.

WWD, Town & Country, Avenue, and more reported on the event. Click here to purchase tickets to the New Yorkers For Children Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Lauren X Khoo.

 

Elizabeth Steeves, Manager of Special Events and Projects

Elizabeth Steeves has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2009, and Manager of Special Events and Projects since 2013. Elizabeth oversees fundraising events like the Fall Gala and Spring Dinner Dance, as well as volunteer and awareness-raising events like Wrap to Rap. Additionally, she is responsible for online communications and grant writing. Elizabeth graduated from Gettysburg College in 2007 with a BA in Political Science.

Lindsay Adamski, Youth Program Coordinator

Lindsay Adamski, LMSW, oversees the day-to-day operations of New Yorkers For Children’s youth programs. This includes monthly meetings with all students in NYFC’s scholarship programs to help them navigate college life and troubleshoot any challenges that arise. She also provides support and coaching to help NYFC’s Youth Advisory Board members meet their group goals. Lindsay joined NYFC in October 2012. She earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University with an emphasis in nonprofit management in children, youth, and family services and her Bachelor of Social Work from Providence College. Her prior experience in child welfare and college access includes CASA-NYC, the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association, and Ocean Discovery Institute.

Debra Stumpf, Administrative Director

Debra Stumpf has been with NYFC since 2006 and the Administrative Director since 2007.  In that position she manages the back office functions that keep NYFC efficiently working on a day to day basis.  Debra came to NYFC from Mother Cabrini High School and St. Cabrini Shrine in Washington Heights.  With a Masters in Divinity she taught High School Religious Studies for 15 years and then served as the Executive Director of St. Cabrini Shrine for 14 years.  Debra lives in Yonkers with her husband Charles.  They have a son, Michael who lives in Utica NY.

Hans Vogel, Controller

Hans Vogel, Controller for New Yorkers for Children, comes to us with more than thirty years of not for profit experience. He has served in various financial capacities including CFO of The Interchurch Center, Director of Finance and Administration of the American Craft Council and Controller of the Everybody Wins Foundation. Hans has a MA in Public Administration and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Back-to-School Package Program

 

 NYFC’s Back-to-School Package Program

 

The Program

 

The deadline for the Back-to-School package has passed.

Application Eligibility requirements
In order to apply for NYFC’s Back-to-School Package Program, each applicant must verify that he or she meets the following requirements:

  • Was formerly in foster care in New York City until at least age 18
  • is currently under the age of 25
  • Is registered to attend college or a vocational training program for the upcoming semester

 

If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements, he or she should submit The Back-to-School Package application to Ellen Ampofo (eampofo@newyorkersforchildren.org). Please note, each application must include an unofficial copy of the applicant’s college transcript and a class schedule for the next semester.
Youth who are currently in foster care must be registered for the Back-to-School Package Program by their agency workers.

Over the years, NYFC has sent thousands of Back-to-School Packages to students in foster care, providing these deserving scholars the tools necessary to thrive during their educational or vocational experiences. NYFC is committed to providing these young people with the resources and support they need to become self-sufficient and successful adults. Each Back-to-School Package is valued at $1,000 and includes a laptop, a Metrocard to help students travel to and from classes, and an Amazon gift card for books.

The Need

Youth in foster care face specific challenges around education. Only 37% of foster youth go onto college, compared to 60% of all high school graduates1. Enrolling is just the beginning, only 2% of foster care alumni ages 25-34 had received a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28% of young adults nationally2. While there are many barriers to graduation, lack of access to fundamental tools should not be one of them.

NYFC’s Impact

 

“Thank you so much, you have no idea how much I appreciate everything you have done to help me further my education. If it wasn’t for people like you, I don’t know if I would have made it this far.” — Vanessa, 2015 Package Recipient

“Receiving my Back-to-School Package was a very special feeling, like someone really cared about me, and my educational goals. The program gives me the motivation to strive towards greater academic achievement!”— Tiffany, 2015 Package Recipient

“You guys are awesome, thank you for making this happen. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able do my PowerPoint Presentation for Public Speaking and write my papers for English. You are truly making a difference in my life, thank you!” — Tony, 2015 Package Recipient

 

 

 

1. Casey Family Programs (2007). “Educating Children in Foster Care” http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/publication-db/documents/educating-children-in-foster-care.pdf

2. Casey Family Programs (2007). “Educating Children in Foster Care” http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/publication-db/documents/educating-children-in-foster-care.pdf

 

2014 Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Lauren X Khoo

On Monday, April 21st, New Yorkers For Children hosted its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City, raising over $620,000. The celebration was presented by luxury jewelry brand Lauren X Khoo who joined Event Chairs Alina Cho, Natalia Gottrett Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction, which featured Lauren X Khoo’s Sensual ring, which inspired the night’s décor.

Chloé served as the Lead Fashion Sponsor of the event, and was joined by additional table sponsors Atelier Swarovski, By Kilian, Gabriela Cadena, Himan Brown Foundation, Jo de Mer, La Perla, MAC Cosmetics, Max Mara, Source Of Hope Foundation, and Sun Capital Partners Foundation.

Special guest and Guardian Scholar Katia Steward addressed the audience, sharing her experiences in foster care. Additional students supported by NYFC were in attendance to celebrate the evening and were styled by the Spring Dinner Dance Event Chairs, Phillips-Van Heusen, MAC Cosmetics, and Glamsquad.

YAB Annual Teambuilding Retreat

On August 23-24, 2013 New Yorkers For Children Youth Advisory Board (YAB) participated in their first group retreat at the Fairview Lake YMCA in Newton, NJ. This retreat provided an opportunity for YAB members to reflect on their work this past year and plan for the upcoming school year.

This jam packed weekend included team building activities and project management workshops led Ysette Guevara of Minds On Fire (http://www.minds-on-fire.org). The YMCA staff also led the group through a challenging high ropes course. A campfire with s’mores and ghost stories topped off the weekend’s activities. When they were not in their workshops, YAB members were able to explore the beautiful hiking trails of the YMCA, swim in Fairview Lake, and play basketball and volleyball.

This quick trip outside the city provided an excellent opportunity for YAB reflect on their progress and prepare for another exciting year.

ESCADA Hosts Luncheon With Megha Mittal

On November 5, 2013, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), ESCADA and Saks Fifth Avenue introduced ESCADA Chairman Megha Mittal to NYFC supporters and Saks clients in her first United States public appearance. Event guests were treated to a fashion presentation of the ESCADA Resort 2014 collection, followed by an intimate lunch and personal shopping experience.

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ESCADA Hosts Luncheon With Megha Mittal

On November 5, 2013, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), ESCADA and Saks Fifth Avenue introduced ESCADA Chairman Megha Mittal to NYFC supporters and Saks clients in her first United States public appearance. Event guests were treated to a fashion presentation of the ESCADA Resort 2014 collection, followed by an intimate lunch and personal shopping experience.

Marisa Arredondo, Chele Chiavacci, Sonia Nassery Cole, Jennifer Creel, Lise Evans, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Susan Magazine, Laurel Nuzzo, Susan Shin, Lauren Shortt and others spent the afternoon with Megha Mittal and shopped to benefit NYFC.

NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (formerly NYFC Guardian Scholars Program)

The Program

The NYFC Nick’s Scholars Program is a working partnership between the private sector, foster care agencies, CUNY and Private Colleges in New York City designed to support our students most effectively. NYFC believes education provides a solid foundation for the path towards success and self-sufficiency. This comprehensive program provides wraparound support to current and former foster youth, enrolled at any CUNY or Private College in New York City. The Nick’s Scholars Program is designed to close the educational achievement gap of foster youth by providing essential financial, academic, and emotional support. The program helps students to improve their educational and personal outcomes.

For questions, contact:
Ellen Ampofo
Youth Academic Advisor
New Yorkers For Children
450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 403
New York, NY 10123
Tel: 646.257.2937
Fax: 646.257.2931
Eampofo@newyorkersforchildren.org

Applications are currently closed. 

Meet Our 2013 Spirit Award Recipients

The 2013 Fall Gala marked the 10th anniversary of the NYFC Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually to a young person in foster care who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community, and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success. Northwell Health sponsored two Spirit Awards in honor of the 10th Anniversary.

Crystal Cameron

Crystal Cameron is a 23 year-old student at Hunter College. She will be starting this year with advanced standing in the R.N. Pathway program at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. Crystal’s ability to overcome life’s challenges and her unwavering commitment to a career in nursing make her an excellent candidate for this year’s Spirit Award.

When she was 16, Crystal entered foster care after receiving the life changing call that her father had been killed. At age 17, she gave birth to her daughter, who provided her with the motivation to focus on her education. Crystal graduated high school and started college at LaGuardia Community College, where she was recognized as an honors student and was on the Dean’s List for three semesters.

At the same time that she was entering the nursing program at LaGuardia, Crystal was transitioning out of foster care without a permanent home to live. She found herself struggling in the challenging nursing program amidst instability in her personal life. Despite all that she was facing outside of school, Crystal persevered through the program and completed her requirements.

This past June, Crystal graduated from LaGuardia with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. She was chosen as the pinning ceremony leader for her nursing program, planning the prestigious ceremony and speaking in front of her classmates and professors. In August she passed her National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

This scholarship will help Crystal pay for her educational expenses as she continues to pursue her goals and earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Crystal’s dream is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a motivational speaker for young girls in foster care. Crystal feels proud to share her story and feels that “if you just have one person who believes in you, it can make all the difference.”

Zinyusile Brian Khumbula

Zinyusile Brian Khumbula is a 20 year-old sophomore at Pace University studying Public Accounting. His drive for academic success, along with his desire to serve his community, makes him a deserving candidate for this year’s Spirit Award.

Brian was born in Zimbabwe and raised in both Zimbabwe and South Africa. He moved to the United States in September of 2009 and has been in foster care since he was 17.

Brian has taken an active role in improving foster care for other young people. He is a member of his agency’s Youth Council, which meets with the agency President to talk about issues youth in care are facing and generates solutions to support these young people. Brian is described as a “positive force” in these meetings for his insightful comments, words of wisdom, and willingness to provide support to his peers. He believes that being a leader is not about showing power, but about “working together and helping each other for a greater cause.”

Brian works full time at Fishs Eddy and recently began working for his agency part time in the Bridges to Health program. He is also a youth advisor for Minds On Fire, an organization dedicated to helping young people enter adulthood with confidence, curiosity and compassion.

The Spirit Award scholarship funds will help Brian remain at Pace University and afford the expenses of a private college. Brian’s goal is to become a social entrepreneur and open daycare facilities that would allow low income families to receive quality care for their children. He wants to use his story and the opportunity presented by the Spirit Award to help others.

2013 Fall Gala Film

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) celebrated the 2013 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.2 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. NYFC Founder and President Emeritus Nicholas Scoppetta, who was himself in foster care as a child, was honored with a lifetime achievement award for child welfare. The above film shares Nicholas Scoppetta’s journey from foster care and highlights his inspirational work as the first Commissioner for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and founder of NYFC.

The film by Kat Westergaard and Chris Ciancimino was shared with Fall Gala guests to celebrate Nicholas Scoppetta’s 17 years of leadership, which has allowed NYFC to distribute more than $50 million to support youth in care.

Sign Up for the 2013 NYFC Vocational Conference
Sponsored by BNY Mellon

This all day conference is an opportunity for youth, ages 14-21, to learn the skills needed to get and keep a job, and to get connected with workforce development agencies in NYC. An email was recently sent to the educational and vocational specialists at your agency about this conference. The Vocational Conference will include professional skills workshops, practice job interviews, networking, and opportunities to connect with job readiness programs, including Year Up, Next Generation Center, and FEGS. For agency workers, a free two hour professional development workshop will be presented by Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI).

For more information and to register for the conference, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CapturingACareer

Raffle prizes for youth and agency workers

Free giveaways for all youth who attend

Lunch and snacks provided

DETAILS:

Thursday July 25, 2013

10 am-4 pm

NYU Global Center, 238 Thompson St.

Take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or M to the W 4th Street Station, or the N, R to the 8th St – NYU station, or the 6 to the Bleecker St. station, or the 1 to the Christopher St – Sheridan Sq. station.

Eric Brettschneider Appointed President of the Board

Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder & President Will Remain as President Emeritus

On June 6, 2013, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) appointed Eric Brettschneider President of the Board of Directors. Nicholas Scoppetta, the organization’s founder, has held this position since NYFC’s inception in 1996.  Brettschneider has been a member of NYFC’s Board of Directors for 15 years, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Program, Audit and Strategic Planning Committees. Scoppetta, who retired as President, will remain involved with the organization as President Emeritus.

“We have focused on educational programs that help youth leaving foster care become self-sufficient.  That includes all forms of education, academic, vocational and important life-skills.  Education is the key to opportunity for these young people. I step down with some reluctance and more than a touch of sadness. NYFC has its roots in my personal history and has been an important part of my life for the past 17 years. However, those feelings are tempered by the fact that my successor is Eric Brettschneider, a talented, experienced child welfare professional who I am confident will build on and enhance the success we have enjoyed,” said Nicholas Scoppetta.

As one of New York City’s most dedicated and effective public servants, Scoppetta has worked under every New York City Mayor since John V. Lindsay, spending nearly five decades in City and Federal government. Currently Chairman of the city’s Conflict of Interest Board, Scoppetta served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Deputy Mayor and Commissioner of Investigation, and Associate Counsel to the Knapp Commission. In 1996, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani tapped him to be the City’s first Commissioner of the newly formed ACS. Under Scoppetta’s leadership, ACS engaged in a comprehensive reform of the City’s child welfare system that won praise from national experts.

In 2002 Scoppetta became Fire Commissioner and rebuilt the Department, which had been devastated by the September 11th terrorist attacks. Upon his retirement from the FDNY in 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Nearly every mayor over the last 50 years has turned to Nick Scoppetta for help – usually to get the City through a crisis.  Few ever have served our City so long or so well.”

It was during his tenure as ACS Commissioner that Scoppetta founded New Yorkers For Children – a deeply personal endeavor. As a young child, Scoppetta and his siblings were removed from their home and placed into foster care. Since NYFC’s founding, Scoppetta has been committed to connecting with youth in care on a personal level and to guiding NYFC in making a larger impact on the child welfare system by bridging the gap and providing services the government cannot offer. Over the past 17 years, NYFC has distributed over $50 million in funds to youth in care through direct programs, as well as through partnerships with ACS and other youth servicing organizations.

“The honor of serving New Yorkers For Children is magnified by the fact that Nick Scoppetta, a heroic leader, has been its President since NYFC’s founding. We will continue the tradition Nick established – empowering the child welfare community,” said Brettschneider.

Brettschneider is one of the foremost experts in child welfare. Currently the Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner at the New York State Office of Children & Family Services and President of the Viola W. Bernard Foundation, Brettschneider brings over 45 years of experience in both the private and public sectors to the position of President of the Board of Directors at NYFC. He is also a member of the faculty at NYU. Brettschneider entered child welfare and human services in 1967 as a family court intake worker and child care worker, before spending 10 years as Director of The Queens Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (now Safe Space).

In 1980, he joined the New York State Department of Social Services, where he worked on the implementation of the Child Welfare Reform Act. While Deputy Commissioner for The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), Brettschneider was instrumental in implementing major advances for Children’s Services. He continued his work on behalf of New York City children and their families for almost 20 years as Executive Director of the Agenda for Children Tomorrow. As NYFC President, Brettschneider is committed to furthering the initial goals that led Scoppetta to found NYFC, and continuing his legacy of improving the conditions and futures of youth in foster care in New York City.

 

14th Annual Fall Gala
Honoring Nicholas Scoppetta

On Tuesday, September 17th, New Yorkers For Children hosted their 14th Annual Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  The 2013 Fall Gala, which raised over $1.2 million, honored New Yorkers For Children founder Nicholas Scoppetta for his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. At the gala, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Commissioner Ronald E. Richter announced that Mayor Bloomberg will dedicate the children’s center to Scoppetta, renaming it the Nicholas Scoppetta Center.

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14th Annual Fall Gala Honoring Nicholas Scoppetta

On Tuesday, September 17th, New Yorkers For Children hosted their 14th Annual Fall Gala to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  This year’s gala honored New Yorkers For Children founder Nicholas Scoppetta for his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. At the gala, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Commissioner Ronald E. Richter announced that Mayor Bloomberg will dedicate the children’s center to Scoppetta, renaming it the Nicholas Scoppetta Center.  Under Scoppetta’s leadership, NYFC has distributed over $50 million to benefit youth in foster care since the organization’s founding in 1996. Now retired from the board of NYFC, Scoppetta has stayed on as President Emeritus.

Co-Chairs of the 2013 Fall Gala included Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan Burden, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Lise and Michael Evans, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Erika and Kevin Liles, Candice and Scott Posner, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, and Lauran and Justin Tuck.

The event, which raised over $1.2 million, featured dinner, dancing, a special musical performance from Common, and a live auction by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven. The evening was hosted by the exceptional young people whose lives have been changed because of their involvement with NYFC. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the NYFC Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship awarded annually at the Fall Gala to a young person in foster care enrolled in college. North Shore-LIJ Health System sponsored two Spirit Awards this year in honor of the 10th Anniversary.  Other special guests at the event included Guardian Scholars and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

Additional sponsors included American Express, Armani Exchange, BET Networks, BNY Mellon, by Kilian, The Children’s Aid Society, Frédéric Fekkai, Giorgio Armani, Goldman Sachs, KWL Enterprises, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, North Shore LIJ, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sun Capital Partners, among others.  Moda Operandi and Tommy Hilfiger dressed the youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Frédéric Fekkai provided makeup and hairstyling.

Vince Camuto Event to Benefit NYFC

On Tuesday, June 11th, Vince and Louise Camuto and Supermodel Adriana Lima hosted a cocktail party benefiting New Yorkers For Children to celebrate the launch of Vince Camuto’s first VC Signature store. Guests at the event included Lindsey Ellingson, Marisa Brown, Lise Evans, Tory Burch, Susan Shin, Sandra Ripert, Amy McFarland, Susan Burden, Lara Meiland Shaw, Ric Pipino, and  Laura Eastwood. DJ Chelsea Leyland spun tunes for the packed crowd gathered to check out the VC Signature line and support NYFC.

In addition to making a contribution to NYFC in honor of the event, Vince Camuto donated 20% of NYFC supporters’ purchases at the 667 Madison Avenue boutique.

Vince Camuto Event to Benefit NYFC

On Tuesday, June 11th, Vince and Louise Camuto and Supermodel Adriana Lima hosted a cocktail party benefiting New Yorkers For Children to celebrate the launch of Vince Camuto’s first VC Signature store. Shop now at the 667 Madison Avenue boutique through June 25th and Vince Camuto will donate 20% of sales when you mention NYFC! 

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Scholarships for Youth in Care

Guardian Scholars Program:

A comprehensive college scholarship program for New York City youth in foster care.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City and attending Hunter, John Jay or Kingsborough as a Freshman or Sophomore in the 2013-2014 school year. If formerly in foster care, applicant must have been in care on or after his or her 16th birthday.

Students participating in the program will receive:

Personalized wrap around services in the form of financial, academic and emotional support
Monthly stipend to help cover educational and living expenses
Connection to academic and personal resources

Guardian Scholars Application

NYFC Spirit Award:

A $10,000 scholarship for one young person in foster care in New York City who is succeeding at any 2-or 4-year college.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be a highly motivated student currently or formerly in foster care in New York City who has completed at least one year of studies at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university. If formerly in foster care, applicant must have been in care on or after his or her 16th birthday.

The recipient will be a young person who has demonstrated:

Outstanding leadership skills
A commitment to their community
Determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success

Spirit Award Application

Questions: please contact Lindsay Adamski at 646.257.2935 or ladamski@newyorkersforchildren.org.

In Recognition of National Foster Care Awareness Month
Help Us Make a Call That Can Change a Life

 

Glenn was in his senior year at Howard University when he learned that his financial aid and student loans weren’t going to cover his tuition.  Having just aged out of foster care, Glenn didn’t have anywhere to turn for support.  He tried applying to banks and foundations for additional loans and scholarships, but was told over and over again that he wasn’t eligible for their programs.

With his tuition bill overdue, Glenn’s school gave him three days to move out of his dorm.  After working so hard on his education, it was devastating to think that he may not be able to finish school.  As he began packing up his belongings, Glenn received a phone call that would change his life.

NYFC Guardian Scholars Shine as Hosts of 2013 Fool’s Fête

In celebration of the 10th Annual Fool’s Fête, NYFC Guardian Scholars Amara and Shavonn hosted the evening’s program.  Originally born in West Africa, Amara is working toward becoming a lawyer to serve as an advocate for youth in foster care.  Shavonn also wants to give back to her community by becoming a counselor or social worker.  As Guardian Scholars, Shavonn and Amara receive wrap-around services from NYFC, including tutoring, a living allowance, school supplies, peer encouragement, and monthly meetings to ensure students are on track to meet their educational and professional goals.

Following their welcome to event attendees and acknowledgement of sponsors and special guests, Amara and Shavonn introduced Vanessa, who was the featured speaker of the evening.  Vanessa shared her journey in foster care, explaining how she felt when there was no one looking out for her.  When she became a Guardian Scholar, Vanessa was finally able to pursue her dreams with the help of the program’s emotional, educational, and financial support. Today, Vanessa serves as the Vice President of the NYFC Youth Advisory Board, using her experiences to ensure better futures for her peers.

Vanessa’s poem inspired by the Spring Event

Because of you
I’m better
you don’t even know
Could you fathom
the many possibilities your presence leave behind?

Because of you
I’m stronger, faster, lighter
Through your nurture and fertilization
I’ve grown despite negation
So this proclamation
comes from a place deep within me
A place before you
I never knew to exist

Because of you
I’m more than who I am
or what I was
You gave me fuel
to fly above
many influences
You gave me experience
You outright birthed me
giving me life
like I died
then you resuscitated me
and gave me LIFE

Yet when you look at me
you don’t even know…
Could you begin to fathom the many possibilities that your presence leaves behind?
Too many to count as I fly
This may sound cliché, but you are the wind beneath my wings
Yet it’s as if you don’t know
All that you do
when you do
what you do
for me, for us

So I have to say thank you
even though that might never be enough
to express my gratitude
for amplifying my latitude.
Thank you.
Could you begin to fathom the many possibilities that your presence leaves behind?

A Fool’s Fête 2013 Presented by Valentino

The Friends of NYFC hosted the Tenth Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête on April 9, 2013 at the Mandarin Oriental, raising a record high of over $650,000 to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Valentino served as the Presenting Sponsor, returning to the event after sponsoring the inaugural Fool’s Fête event in 2003. Event Chairs included Derek Anderson, Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Victor Kubicek, Amy McFarland, Euan Rellie, Susan Shin, and  Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, music and dancing with DJ D-Nice, a silent auction, and youth speakers Vanessa, Amara and Shavonn.

Special guests at the event included ten young people in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs. Sean John dressed the young men in attendance, David’s Bridal and Via Spiga dressed the young women, and makeup and hair for the youth were styled by Dior Beauty and Frédéric Fekkai.

Futures in Motion: Youth CAN! Program

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is partnering with the Office of Community and Public Health (OCPH) at the North Shore-LIJ Health System (NSLIJ), Walgreens and FEGS to offer an educational/vocational training program for youth aging out of foster care, aimed at enhancing their health and well-being and preparing them for sustainable employment. 

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North Shore-LIJ Health System and NYFC Launch ACT

LIJ Health System and NYFC Launch ACTIn June 2013, North Shore-LIJ Health System and New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), in partnership with FEGS Academy, launched the Accelerated Career Training Program (ACT), an educational and vocational training program to empower youth, ages 18-23, who are currently in or have recently aged out of foster care. Youth participating in the ACT Program gain crucial skills, knowledge, and support to become competitive in the marketplace and to explore possible career paths in health care.

For the 2013 cycle, 10 youth were selected for the pilot program through a competitive process that included an application, personal statement, and interview. 7 youth graduated from Phase I of the program. The remaining 3 youth decided to pursue other postsecondary or employment opportunities. 2 youth were placed in the EMT certification training program at NSLIJ’s CLI (valued at $950/per student) and 3 youth were placed in part-time paid internships in NSLIJ’s various departments (20 hours/week, $12-15/hour). As youth begin to transition from their internships to long-term employment opportunities or postsecondary options, NYFC will track their progress over time.

Questions about the program can be directed to Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Coordinator at chilyard@newyorkersforchildren.org.

 

New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête
Presented by Valentino

On Tuesday, April 9th, New Yorkers For Children will host the 10th Anniversary of its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April:  A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  The 10th Anniversary celebration will be presented by Valentino, who was also the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Fool’s Fete event in 2003.  The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

In celebration of the event, New Yorkers For Children is also partnering with Charitybuzz.com to hold a special auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences within the sports, fashion, arts, and dining industries. Visit the auction now to raise vital funds to support New York City’s youth in foster care!

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Fool’s Fête

On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, New Yorkers For Children and the Friends Committee will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête at the Mandarin Oriental. In honor of this special anniversary, we invite you to join us as a member of the Anniversary Committee by purchasing a table to ensure that New York City’s nearly 14,000 children in foster care receive the support, guidance and opportunities that every child deserves.

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Fool’s Fête

On Tuesday, April 9th, New Yorkers For Children will host the 10th Anniversary of its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April:  A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City.  The 10th Anniversary celebration will be presented by Valentino, who was also the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Fool’s Fete event in 2003.  The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, features dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

In celebration of the event, New Yorkers For Children is also partnering with Charitybuzz.com to hold a special auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences within the sports, fashion, arts, and dining industries. Visit the auction now to raise vital funds to support New York City’s youth in foster care!

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NYFC Youth Take ACTion

North Shore-LIJ Health System, Walgreens and NYFC announce the 2nd year of  the Accelerated Career Training Program (ACT). Youth participating in the ACT Program will gain crucial skills, knowledge, and support to become competitive in the marketplace and to explore possible career paths in health care.

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2012 Vocational Conference Sponsored by BNY Mellon

On June 28, 2012 New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted its BNY Mellon sponsored 2012 Vocational Conference: ‘Looking to a Brighter Future’ at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Over 100 youth in foster care and agency workers attended the event which offered a variety of interactive workshops focused on resume writing, job interviews and networking skills. The day-long conference included youth-led discussions on finding a job, mock interviews led by BNY Mellon volunteers, and a job fair connecting youth with employment and vocational training opportunities. The agency workers participated in a separate workshop led by the Workforce Professional Training Institute (WPTI) on preparing youth for the job search. This is the second year that the conference has been sponsored by BNY Mellon.

The annual Vocational Conference is a joint effort between NYFC, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), BNY Mellon, and New York City foster care and workforce development agencies. NYFC would like to especially thank the tireless BNY Mellon volunteers who were on hand to provide practice interviews, staff the conference, and assist youth throughout the day.

Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund

 

The Program

 

 The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Download the application hereFor more information, please contact our Youth Academic Advisor, Ellen Ampofo at eampofo@newyorkersforchildren.org

The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund assists young people who were formerly in the foster care system with emergency funding to advance and complete their educational endeavors. This Fund is run in close partnership with ACS, where staff members do an initial application review and make recommendations to NYFC. These emergency funds meets vital housing needs, tuition and other academic costs.

The Need

Youth who have been in foster care are often forced to make the difficult transition into adulthood without traditional family support. These students are living on their own, surviving paycheck to paycheck while balancing their responsibilities as students. When a financial emergency hits, these students face a tough decision between continuing their education and leaving school in an attempt to earn the necessary funds.

NYFC’s Impact

$41,480.76 was distributed in 2015 to 25 young people.

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to stay in school and finish my semester. Without the funds I wouldn’t have been able to do so.” – Sandra

 

YAB Presents The Reading Road

On May 19, 2012, the NYFC Youth Advisory Board (YAB), sponsored by Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, planned and organized a Dr. Seuss themed literacy event called ‘The Reading Road’ for young children in foster care.  Throughout the morning, children traveled from station to station, overcoming obstacles, exploring new possibilities and cultivating a love for reading.  Special guests Lauran and Justin Tuck joined YAB members, NYFC Young Associates, and NYFC volunteers to share stories, games, and crafts with children in foster care.

The event began with a reading and dramatic interpretation of Dr. Seuss’s Oh the Places You’ll Go’ to demonstrate that reading is both fun and essential for a bright future. Children then enjoyed face painting, crafting their own books and bookmarks and games to practice their vocabulary and letters.  While children read and played, their foster parents enjoyed stress-relieving yoga with NYFC Friends Committee member Rory Hermelee and participated in a workshop lead by Jumpstart, demonstrating how to encourage reading in their households. Every child in attendance left with a copy of Justin Tuck’s children’s book, ‘Home-Field Advantage’,  an Oh the Places You’ll Go’ pop-up book and a backpack filled with a comforting stuffed animal and warm blanket, all of which were donated by the Tuck family and NYFC supporters.

Results and Impact

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, Network to Success, the Guardian Scholars Program, the Youth Advisory Board, and the Annual College and Vocational Conferences. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

The following are a few examples of our accomplishments in 2012:

NYFC awarded $325,000 in grants to the Administration for Children’s Services and nonprofit organizations serving New York City youth in foster care

565 students in foster care received Back-to-School Packages during the 2011-2012 academic year

198 young people attended educational, vocational and career networking conferences

75 teenagers in foster care volunteered at the 2012 Wrap to Rap program, which provided over 1,000 gifts to children in foster care during the holiday season

The Guardian Scholars Program expanded to include 8 new students, bringing the total number of current Guardian Scholars to 17

The 2012 Spirit Award recipient, Brian, was provided with a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his educational goals, in addition to the two runners-up, Maurice and Leo, who received scholarships of $2,500 each

2012 Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA

On Wednesday, November 28th, NYFC hosted the 10th Annual Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA. Over 75 teens in foster care joined Valentino USA staff and NYFC Board and Friends at the Ainsworth in Chelsea to wrap 1,000 gifts for younger children in care. The wrapped presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

Special guests included DJ D-Nice, who spun hip hop and holiday classics; Justin Tuck, NYFC’s 2012 Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Honoree and NY Giants Defensive End; and Board and Friends Committee Members Allison Aston, Megan Gray, Eric Brettschneider, Marisa Brown, Susan Burden, Lynne Echenberg, Lise Evans, Ayla Farnos, Susan Gilroy, Zani Gugelmann, Alison Harmelin, Rory Hermelee, Lauran Kenny, Victor Kubicek, Julie Macklowe, Amy McFarland, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan Shin, Lauran Tuck, and Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck.

In addition to providing much needed holiday gifts for children in need, Wrap to Rap also serves as a reminder to teens in foster care of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. Valentino USA employees chose to give back for the holidays by sponsoring and volunteering at Wrap to Rap instead of having their own holiday party. Additional sponsors include The Ainsworth, Baked by Melissa, Fiji Water and Paige Management.

New Yorkers For Children would like to thank the staff of Valentino USA for celebrating the holidays with New York City’s teens in foster care.

You can support this program by making a donation to ensure that New York City’s children in foster care are not forgotten this holiday season.

Park Avenue Garage

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, New Yorkers For Children and Frederic Anderson and Laura Miller will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Park Avenue Garage luxury pop up shop at 38 West 26th Street. This luxury holiday shopping experience will feature discounted one of a kind merchandise from New York’s most exciting companies and design personalities.

Opening night tickets are on sale for $50. 100% of all ticket sales will benefit New Yorkers For Children. Additionally, 5% of the total from Park Avenue Garage’s three day sale will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

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Purchase Tickets to the Park Avenue Garage Opening Night

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, New Yorkers For Children and Frederic Anderson and Laura Miller will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Park Avenue Garage luxury pop up shop at 38 West 26th Street. This luxury holiday shopping experience will feature discounted one of a kind merchandise from New York’s most exciting companies and design personalities.

Opening night tickets are on sale for $50. 100% of all ticket sales will benefit New Yorkers For Children. Additionally, 5% of the total from Park Avenue Garage’s three day sale will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

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NYFC Celebrates the Grand Opening of Park Avenue Garage

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 New Yorkers For Children and Frederic Anderson and Laura Miller will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Park Avenue Garage luxury pop up shop at 38 West 26th Street.

Opening night tickets are on sale for $50.  100% of all ticket sales will benefit New Yorkers For Children.  Additionally, 5% of the total from Park Avenue Garage’s three day sale will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

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Purchase Tickets to the Park Avenue Garage Sale Opening Night

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 New Yorkers For Children and Frederic Anderson and Laura Miller will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Park Avenue Garage luxury pop up shop at 38 West 26th Street. This luxury holiday shopping experience will feature discounted one of a kind merchandise from New York’s most exciting companies and design personalities.

Opening night tickets are on sale for $50. 100% of all ticket sales will benefit New Yorkers For Children. Additionally, 5% of the total from Park Avenue Garage’s three day sale will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA

On Wednesday, November 28th, NYFC hosted Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA.  At this 10th annual event benefiting youth in foster care, Valentino USA and NYFC Board and Friends joined 75 teens in foster care at the Ainsworth in Chelsea to wrap 1,000 gifts for younger children in care while DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics.

You can ensure New York City children in foster care receive holiday presents this year by making a donation.

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Meet Our 2012 Spirit Award Recipient

Brian is a 21-year-old sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Social Work at SUNY – Genessee Community College in upstate New York. Brian’s academic talent, unwavering commitment to community service, and determination to succeed, despite facing significant obstacles, make him an outstanding and deserving recipient for this year’s Spirit Award.

After the death of his mother, Brian entered foster care at the age of nine with one sister and two brothers. Brian has been able to persevere through life’s most difficult challenges. During his senior year of high school, Brian moved to four different foster. With his grades suffering and becoming increasingly more frustrated, he thought his only option was to drop out of high school and look for a job. Brian’s life and aspirations changed after his foster care agency sponsored a trip to a local college. Realizing he wanted to go to college, Brian enrolled in an alternative high school program where he could work during the day and attend classes in the evening. He graduated from the program with perfect attendance, a Regents diploma, and a citizenship award.

As captain of his middle school soccer, baseball and basketball teams, Brian learned how to be a leader from an early age. As a teenager, he served as the Chairman of his foster care agency’s Youth Advisory Board, a committee that provides peer-to-peer mentoring for other youth in foster care. In this role he co-chaired a college trip to Washington DC for 25 youth and has mentored and tutored many boys in his foster care agency. He is currently organizing a support group for children in foster care who have lost their mothers. Brian’s compassion and empathy in his work with these young men are evident to all who work with him.

The Spirit Award scholarship will assist Brian to pay for his college expenses as he transfers to a four-year college. Brian’s ultimate goal is to graduate from college and one day be married and raise a family. He also hopes to return to his foster care agency to work with youth in foster care.

Meet Our 2010 Spirit Award Recipient

Kadidjia, a 20 year old college student who is in her second year at Borough of Manhattan Community College, is the recipient of the 2010 New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award.  She is currently pursuing her Liberal Arts degree and intends to switch to a four-year college to study Biology.  Her dream is to attend medical school and become a gynecologist.

Kadidjia entered care at the age of 12 after her father forced her to leave home.  She lived in a series of foster homes, attending different schools with every move.  Eventually, she was returned to her birth family.  Lacking a stable home life and support system, Kadidjia ran away and found herself homeless at 13 years old.   She soon came to believe that the only way for her to better her life was through an education, at which point she signed herself back into care and re-enrolled in high school.  As a result of her academic achievement and determination to attend college, she graduated from high school one semester early.

In college, Kadidjia’s academic and extracurricular activities exemplify her tremendous desire to succeed despite her tumultuous childhood.   She served as President of the Scholarship Club and was a member of the Academic Senate.  She is currently a Student Ambassador, a peer mentor, a volunteer at the Women’s Health Center at Metropolitan Hospital and a member of the NYFC Youth Advisory Board.  She is also participating in the Cornell Pathway to Success Program, a program for motivated and intellectually curious community college students, who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Cornell.

Kadidjia’s strength has allowed her to set and achieve her own goals and to assist others to reach their own.  Focusing her efforts on disadvantaged youth, Kadijia shares her experiences in hopes of inspiring youth in care who are in need of guidance.  She plans to use the Spirit Award to prepare for the MCAT and assist her with medical school tuition.

Meet Ladasha, One of NYFC’s Newest Guardian Scholars!

Born into a family of three brothers and one sister, Ladasha is very proud to be the first person in her family to attend college. Ladasha is a 21-year-old freshman studying Early Childhood Education at Kingsborough Community College. She is a bright, energetic, and lively young woman with big dreams.

Three years ago, her journey in college got off to a rocky start. She was enrolled in a four-year college in Brooklyn, but struggled while juggling a full-time course load and a full-time job to pay for rent, food, and living expenses. It was simply too much. Ladasha decided to take a leave of absence to save up money for school. She was also preparing to age out of foster care and realized she would no longer have the support system of her foster care agency.

Ladasha now attends Kingsborough Community College, a two-year college in Brooklyn, that is a better fit for her needs. However, this time it feels different. Ladasha was recently awarded a scholarship through the Guardian Scholars Program. “It feels great to know that someone is out there helping me with my education.” She adds, “When I started college again I was wondering how I was going to be able to afford school supplies and textbooks as well as keep a roof over my head. With New Yorkers For Children’s support, I feel a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. I can focus on my school work.”

In her spare time, Ladasha enjoys volunteering, playing volleyball, listening to poetry, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an active member of the NYFC Youth Advisory Board, group of highly engaged high school and college students in foster care who serve as advocates for other children and youth in care in New York City. This past May, she and her fellow members organized a literacy event to instill a love of learning and reading in younger children in foster care.

“I want to be a second grade school teacher. I want to work at Mount Pleasant Cottage School, the same school I went to while I was in foster care. I want to give back to youth in foster care,” says Ladasha. “Your help motivates me to help other students. Your support changes lives.”

Make a donation to the Guardian Scholars program

Fall Gala 2012 Film

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) celebrated the 2012 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.4 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Justin Tuck, defensive end for the New York Giants, was honored with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his work promoting childhood literacy and John Demsey, Group President of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., was honored with the organization’s inaugural  Business Leadership Award for his continuing support of NYFC and youth in foster care.  The evening’s program was hosted by youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

A short film by filmmakers Kat Westergaard and Chris Ciancimino was shown during the program that illustrates the challenges that young people in foster care face as they pursue a college education without traditional family support. The film followed Martin Jack, NYFC Youth Advisory Board President, and Spirit Award finalist, Maurice Reid, as they shared their journey from foster care to today.

13th Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) celebrated the 2012 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.4 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Justin Tuck, defensive end for the New York Giants, was honored with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his work promoting childhood literacy and John Demsey, Group President of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc., was honored with the organization’s inaugural  Business Leadership Award for his continuing support of NYFC and youth in foster care.  The evening’s program was hosted by youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

The 2012 Fall Gala Co-Chairs were Oscar de la Renta, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Scott and Candice Posner, with Nicholas Scoppetta and Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Ronald E. Richter as the honorary chairs. The Fall Gala is NYFC’s major annual fundraising event to provide young people in foster care in New York City with the support that every child deserves. The evening featured dinner, dancing, live auction, and a special performance by Grammy Award-winning musician Marc Cohn.

BNY Mellon, CIRCA and Prada were the leading sponsors of the Fall Gala. Additional sponsors included The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., M·A·C Cosmetics, American Express, Armani Exchange, By Kilian, CNN, First Republic Bank, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Longchamp, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Oscar de la Renta, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sun Capital Partners, St. John, among others.  Armani Exchange dressed the 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 sixth consecutive year, designing an environment inspired by New Yorkers For Children’s mission to promote paths to stable adulthood.  Highlighting the 2012 Fall Gala “Light the Way” theme, Stark created a sparkling lamp-lit pathway which wound through an enchanted forest.

A short film by filmmakers Kat Westergaard and Chris Ciancimino was shown during the program that illustrates the challenges that young people in foster care face as they pursue a college education without traditional family support. The film followed Martin Jack, NYFC Youth Advisory Board President, and Spirit Award finalist, Maurice Reid, as they shared their journey from foster care to today.

Following Marc Cohn’s performance, guests retired to the Cipriani 42 chapel, where they danced to music provided by D-Nice.

NYFC 2012 Fall Gala

Honorees Justin Tuck and John Demsey

Honorary Chairs Nicholas Scoppetta and Commissioner Ronald E. Richter

Gala Co-Chairs Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Lise and Michael Evans, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Kevin and Erika Liles, and Scott and Candice Posner

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NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN

2012 Annual Fall Gala

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Cipriani 42

Cocktails at 6:30 pm

Dinner, Live Auction, and Musical Performance to Follow

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

Click here to download the NYFC 2012 Fall Gala response form now.

Join Us At the 13th Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala!

On Tuesday, September 18th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) will celebrate its 13th Annual Fall Gala.  The Fall Gala is NYFC’s annual fundraising event to benefit young people in foster care in New York City. The 2012 Fall Gala Co-Chairs are Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Oscar de la Renta, Lise and Michael Evans, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Kevin and Erika Liles, and Scott and Candice Posner.

The 2012 Fall Gala will include cocktails, dinner, a live auction by Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s, and a special musical performance. Youth who have benefitted from NYFC programs will act as hosts, sharing their stories during the evening’s program, presenting awards to honorees Justin Tuck of the New York Giants and John Demsey of the Estée Lauder Companies, and introducing the annual Fall Gala film profiling one of their peers.

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NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN Annual Spring Dinner Dance to Benefit Youth in Foster Care Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue

2015 Spring Dinner Dance

On Thursday, April 16, New Yorkers For Children hosted its Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête to benefit youth in foster care in New York City, raising over $755,000. The celebration was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue who joined Event Chairs Dana Auslander, Alina Cho, Nicole Esposito, Lydia Fenet, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Susan Shin, and Honorary Chair Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos in supporting New York City’s youth in foster care. The evening, with décor designed exclusively by David Stark, featured dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

This year’s Fool’s Fête paid tribute to long time Board Member Oscar de la Renta and the tremendous impact he had on NYFC and its students.

Special guest and Guardian Scholar Shavonn Wheeler addressed the audience, sharing her experiences in foster care. Additional students supported by NYFC were in attendance to celebrate the evening and were styled by the Macy’s, MAC Cosmetics, and Glamsquad.

Financial Statements

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, Network to Success, the Guardian Scholars Program, and the Youth Advisory Board. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

2015 Financial Statement

2014 Financial Statement

2013 Financial Statement

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2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN Fall Gala To Benefit Youth In Foster Care Presented By CHLOE & DAVID YURMAN

The 15th Annual Fall Gala Was A Shining Success!

On Tuesday September 30th, NYFC hosted the 15th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Michael J. Dowling, President and CEO of North Shore-LIJ Health System was presented with the 2014 Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, due to his steadfast commitment and unwavering dedication to children in foster care. The night highlighted the Futures in Motion: Youth CAN! program, an educational and vocational training program for children in foster care created by NYFC and Northwell Health.

The 2014 New Yorkers For Children Northwell Health Spirit Award, a $10,000 educational scholarship was presented to Jermaine Christian for his academic talent and his ability to overcome life’s challenges. To learn more about Jermaine and other Spirit Award recipients click here.

The event, hosted by Greg Kelly,  raised over $1.35 million and featured dinner, dancing, a special musical performance from Estelle accompanied by the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, and a live auction by George McNeely. Other special guests at the event included Guardian Scholars and additional youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

Presenting fashion sponsor for the evening was Chloé, with Lead Jewelry Sponsor David Yurman. Co-Chairs included Lise and Michael Evans, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Christine and Richard Mack, and Stephanie Winston and David Wolkoff.

In celebration of the event, an exclusive Charitybuzz auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences is open until October 4th. Including backstage access to an Badgley Mischka show, VIP tickets to the Late Night with Seth Myers, an internship at Modern Luxury Magazine, and many others, this auction in partnership with NYFC supporters will raise necessary funds to support the young people NYFC serves.

Additional sponsors included American Express, Benefits Planning Corporation, BET Networks, Deutsche Bank Asset and Wealth Management,  FTI Consulting- Health Solutions, GE Healthcare,Henry Schein, Hovnanian Enterprises, La Perla, Lenox Hill Hospital, Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute NSLIJ,  M•A•C Cosmetics, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Nickelodeon, Northwell Health, Oscar de la Renta, Staples, Sun Captial Partners, and Valentino. The NYFC Board of Directors dressed the youth in attendance and M•A•C Cosmetics and Glam Squad provided makeup and hairstyling.

 

Donor Information

New Yorkers For Children is a not-for-profit organization which is tax exempt under IRS code 501(c)(3).

All contributions to NYFC are fully tax-deductible for Federal income tax purposes subject to any limitations that might otherwise apply.

NYFC’s federal tax identification number is 13-3904537.

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