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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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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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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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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

 

Make It Happen For Youth In Foster Care

“NYFC has inspired me by making my dreams a reality.” -Ishmael, Spirit Award Recipient

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NYFC continues to have a tremendous impact on the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Please click the button below to provide young people in foster care with the tools and resources they need to achieve academic success.

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

990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Our Mission

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults.

NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

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

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Sign up to attend the June 28th NYFC Vocational Conference

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

NYFC Spirit Award


 

2015 Spirit Award Recipient, Antoinette Kane

 

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

Donate to the Back-to-School Package Drive

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

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

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

$1,500 = 1 laptop and 1 printer

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

$100 = A gift card to purchase books

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

Request for proposals

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

To submit a proposal, click here.

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

Staff

NYFC Staff:

Catherine Hilyard
Youth Program Coordinator
chilyard@newyorkersforchildren.org

Jessica Kowalczyk
Foundation and Communications Coordinator
jkowalczyk@newyorkersforchildren.org

Erin Kuchar
Manager of Special Events
ekuchar@newyorkersforchildren.org

Susan Magazine
Executive Director
smagazine@newyorkersforchildren.org

Subash Midha
Controller
smidha@newyorkersforchildren.org

Cassandra Rosser
Administrative Assistant
crosser@newyorkersforchildren.org

Debra Stumpf
Administrative Director
dstumpf@newyorkersforchildren.org

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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For Youth in Care

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.

**Students who received an Exception to Policy (ETP) are still in care, and therefore will be registered by their agency, not through this application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Were formerly in foster care in NEw York City until at least age 18
  • Be under age 25
  • Be registered to attend college or a vocational training program for the upcoming semester

 
To Apply

This year’s application is now closed and will re-open in January 2016.

Questions

Contact Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Coordinator, chilyard@newyorkersforchildren.org or 646.257.2930

 

THE 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.

Download the application

 

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.

www.youthsuccessnyc.org

Board of Directors

President
Eric Brettschneider

Vice President
Susan L. Burden, MSW

Treasurer
Scott Posner

Secretary
Lauren Shortt Pinto

Commissioner, Administration for Children’s Services
Gladys Carrión

Executive Director
Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Board Members
Nicole Arnaboldi
Jon Blum
Donya Archer Bommer
Brentin Brown-Bullock
Gladys Carrión
Kathryn Conroy
Vanessa Cornell
Lise B. Evans
Susan Egbert Gilroy
Larry Harris
Nancy Jarecki
Louis Klein
Kevin Liles
Dorina Spelman Link
Jessica Maxwell
Jennifer Mieres
Patti Ongman
Steve Pemberton
Nana Smith
Kelly Behun Sugarman
Lauran Tuck
Shirin von Wulffen
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Founder and President Emeritus
Nicholas Scoppetta

Emeritus
Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder d. 2016
Geoffrey Canada
Oscar de la Renta d. 2014
Daniel Kronenfeld
Anna Wintour

Advisory Board
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Jack O’Kelley, III

Our staff

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez
Executive Director
sfriedman-gonzalez@newyorkersforchildren.org

Ellen Ampofo
Youth Academic Advisor
eampofo@newyorkersforchildren.org

Yeymi Hoffmans
Director of Finance
yhoffmans@newyorkersforchildren.org

Taj Haider
Director of Development
thaider@newyorkersforchildren.org

Vanessa Marquez
Director of Communications and Marketing
vmarquez@newyorkersforchildren.org

Cassandra Rosser
Administrative Assistant
crosser@newyorkersforchildren.org

Debra Stumpf
Administrative Director
dstumpf@newyorkersforchildren.org

Request for Proposals

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

To submit a proposal, click here

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.

Donate here or  use our donation form and mail it in!