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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Guardian Scholars Program

The NYFC Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, City College, and Kingsborough Community College. These youth are forced to make difficult transitions into adulthood, often without traditional family support. The Guardian Scholars program provides essential financial, academic, and emotional support to help students become successful, self-sufficient adults.

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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

YAB stops by ABC News to meet Diane Sawyer

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.

Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund

The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund is set up to help youth who were formerly involved in the foster care system in New York City, ages 21-25, to complete or further their studies or educational endeavors. The Fund assists these youth who encounter an unforeseen or unusual financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education without interruption. The Fund’s long-term goal is to use its financial resources to help a wide range of students to graduate from college. The Fund is not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding source. Requests must be urgent in nature.

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NYFC Spirit Award

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.

Meet the NYFC 2014 Spirit Award Recipient

Back-to-School Package Program: Supplies For Success

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program provides college-enrolled youth in foster care with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire college experience. Youth receive $2,500 in supplies throughout their studies, including a laptop computer, printer, software, backpack, bed linens, toiletries, school supplies, and more.

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Network to Success

Network to Success events provide high school and college students in foster care with exposure to a variety of industries and potential career paths as they begin to formulate plans for their future. Students are invited to meet a “dream team” of professionals from diverse industries such as sports, fashion, and entertainment and learn about potential careers.

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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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Website for Youth in Foster Care

In partnership with Youth Communications and Children’s Services, NYFC launched a new website, the first of its kind, dedicated to the specific needs of youth transitioning out of foster care. The site serves as a significant resource for these young men and women, helping them to make a successful transition to adult life. Young people have the unique opportunity to contribute their own stories to the site, allowing youth to communicate with and learn from each other.