Founded in 1996, by Nicholas Scoppetta, the former Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with ACS to improve the lives of youth in foster care and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. NYFC’s organizational goal is to support efforts to improve the well-being of youth in foster care through education, career development, the acquisition of life skills, and strengthening the child welfare system.
There are nearly 11,000 children in foster care in New York City and more than 40% are over the age of 12. NYFC works to assist older youth, ages 12 to 21, as they prepare to transition out of the child welfare system and into adulthood. There is a tremendous need and responsibility to improve long-term outcomes for this at-risk group of youth. Much is required that cannot be provided by government funding. Therefore, NYFC aims to bridge that gap and provide these young people with the guidance and support they need to become successful and self-sufficient adults. Since its founding, NYFC has distributed over $50 million to support youth in foster care throughout New York City.
Throughout the years, NYFC has developed programs that make a difference in the lives of young people in foster care. NYFC’s efforts include providing college scholarships, tutoring and job training programs, and networking opportunities. NYFC works to support the child welfare community by providing resources focusing on the individual needs of youth in care. Every year, NYFC positively impacts the lives of over 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programs including the Back-to-School Package Program, the Spirit Award, the Guardian Scholars Program, the YOUTH CAN! program, and the Youth Advisory Board.