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Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

                                       

President
Peterson Rodriguez

Vice President
Milcah Slater

Secretary
Jamar Daniel

Treasurer
Jahlika Hamilton

Committee Members
Jermaine Christian
Lela Clement
Atheena Fraser
Jessica Jimenez-Mercado
Monica Rodriguez
Marlo Scott
Rae Toussaint
Anthony Turner
Jonathan Valerio
Hasan Williams

Jermaine and Antoinette 2

Meet the 2015 Spirit Award Recipient

Antoinette Kane, speaking at the Spirit Award 2015

Antoinette Kane is a 21 year-old Sociology major, who is beginning her senior year at Bard College. As a leader amongst her peers and within her community, Antoinette exemplifies the core values of the Spirit Award. She has achieved significant academic success and is committed to serving as a positive advocate for change.

When she was four years old, Antoinette witnessed the shooting of her mother. She heroically saved her mother’s life and identified the perpetrator. Giving her mother time to heal, Antoinette moved in with her grandfather and did not return to her mother’s care until she was nine. At the age of 14, Antoinette was placed in foster care and subsequently became responsible for her life decisions and survival. At 18, Antoinette decided to sign herself out of foster care. Determined to achieve success, Antoinette focused on her studies and realized education was the way to overcome the obstacles in her life.

After arriving at Bard College, Antoinette worked to establish herself as a student leader and social activist. She has led protests and campaigns to highlight the severity and prevalence of social issues such as systemic racism and gender inequality. Antoinette also helped launch Bard College’s first-ever peer mentor program, dedicated to helping teens in foster care, both socially and academically.

This educational scholarship will help pay for Antoinette’s academic expenses as she finishes her bachelor’s degree. Antoinette’s ultimate goal is to develop her own nonprofit organization dedicated to education, prison, and foster care reform.

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 Manager, 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 here

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

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.

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.

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

May Is Foster Care Awareness Month

Because no one makes it alone… NYFC is partnering with FosterMore to bring awareness to young people in foster care as well as the unique challenges these young people face. FosterMore is a coalition of not for profit organizations and foundations working to raise awareness of the youth in America’s foster care system.

Despite the challenges of foster care these youth have dreams, ambitions and the potential to succeed. A recent study found that 70% of foster youth plan to go to college. However, like all children, they need guidance and support. Whether that comes from a family member, mentor, friend, teacher or other member of the community, that support can make all the difference.

Visit fostermore.org to learn more.

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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2015 YOUTH CAN! Program Participants

Youth CAN!

2013 YOUTH CAN! Program Participants

 

The Program

The Futures In Motion: Youth CAN! Program is a pipeline program founded in 2013 to empower youth in foster care, ages 18-23, with the crucial skills, knowledge and support to become competitive in the marketplace. The program consists of an 11 week summer intensive professional skills workshop series. Upon completion of the workshops, our participants have the opportunity to be placed into part-time paid internships with our partner organizations, Northwell Health and Walgreens/Duane Reade, which provides additional hands-on career training.

The Need

Each year 800 foster youth over the age of 18 age out of the system in New York City. Half of all former youth in foster care in NYC, about 1,800 young adults, ages 21-24, are likely to be out of work¹. Of those who were employed, almost a third was working part-time. Of those who were unemployed, one out of six was incarcerated². With the proper tools and support, great progress can be made in helping these individuals access and hold onto employment that leads to self-sufficiency and life-long success.

The Impact

  • 39 youth in foster care have participated in the program to date
  • 34 were placed in internships through the program
  • 1 participant was hired as an Assistant Manager with Walgreens following Phase I
  • 20% of program participants are now employed

 

“I always knew what I wanted to do, but never had a way to get my foot in the door. This program opened the world to me.” — Jahlika, 2015 Youth Can! graduate

 

¹ Center for an Urban Future (2011). “Fostering Careers.” p.14 http://nycfuture.org/pdf/Fostering_Careers.pdf
² Center for an Urban Future (2011). “Fostering Careers.” p.4 http://nycfuture.org/pdf/Fostering_Careers.pdf

 

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.

La Perla Holiday Cocktail Party To Benefit NYFC

On Tuesday, December 10th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) and La Perla  hosted a holiday cocktail event to benefit youth in foster care at the luxury brand’s Madison Avenue flagship. 

Guests included Suzy Biszantz, Allison Aston, Lydia Fenet, Chelsea Leyland, Julie Macklowe,  Hayley Bloomingdale, Somers Farkas, Killian Hennesy, Vanessa Cornell, Marisa Brown, Susan Burden, Chris Del Gatto and Veronica Webb Del Gatto, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Alison Harmelin, Rory Hermelee, Natalie Echavarria, Susan Magazine, Amy McFarland, Clare McKeon, Gillian Miniter, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Edward Barsamian and Coralie Charriol Paul, among others.

Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA

On Monday, December 9th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA.  At this annual event benefitting youth in foster care, Valentino USA and 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.

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Wrap to Rap 2013 Presented by Valentino USA

On Monday, December 9th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA.  At this annual event benefitting youth in foster care, Valentino USA and 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. As the Presenting Sponsor of Wrap to Rap, Valentino USA employees will be volunteering at the event in lieu of hosting their own holiday party for the second year in a row. The partnership is an opportunity for NYFC supporters, like Valentino USA, to connect with the foster care community and give back for the holidays.  Additional sponsors include: The Ainsworth, Fiji Water and Paige Management.

The night’s special guests included Wendy Kahn, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lauran Tuck, Ayla Farnos, Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Clare McKeon, Susan Gilroy, Susan Burden, Dana Auslander, Brian Mazza, Eric Brettschneider, Susan Magazine, and DJ D-Nice, among others.

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Reveal to Benefit NYFC

On Tuesday, November 19th New Yorkers For Children joined Bergdorf Goodman for their “Holidays on Ice” window reveal. Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, along with extreme action group Streb, kicked off the event. Following the performance and unveiling, guests were invited to a private shopping event to benefit New Yorkers For Children.

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Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Reveal to Benefit NYFC

 

On Tuesday, November 19th New Yorkers For Children joined Bergdorf Goodman for their “Holidays on Ice” window reveal. Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, along with extreme action group Streb, kicked off the event. Following the performance and unveiling, guests were invited to a private shopping event to benefit New Yorkers For Children.

Guests included Adelina Wong Ettelson, Allison Aston, Amy McFarland, Bronson van Wyck, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Elizabeth von der Goltz, Linda Fargo, Marisa Brown, Natalia Echavarria, Rory Hermelee, Susan Shin, Zani Gugelmann, Alexandra Lind Rose, Lauren Kenny, Veronica Swanson Beard, Veronica Miele Beard, Fern Mallis, Jennifer Creel, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Kelly Rutherford, Jodie Snyder, and Danielle Snyder.

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.

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.

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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A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

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

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

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.”

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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.

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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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Roger Vivier and NYFC celebrate launch of Jeune Fille line

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

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

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

2012 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

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

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

2012 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

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

 

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

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

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

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A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

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

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

A Fool’s Fête 2012 Presented by CD Greene

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

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

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CD Greene Hosts Spring Dance Kick-Off Event

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

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

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CD Greene Hosts Spring Dance Kick-Off Event

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

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

Meet Our 2011 Spirit Award Recipient

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

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

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

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

Meet the Health Care Network to Success Panelists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erika Faust
Orthodontist, Elite Orthodontics

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

Theresa Williamson
Medical Student, Yale University

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

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

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

Northwell Health Hosts NYFC Network to Success

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

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

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North Shore LIJ-Health System Hosts NYFC Network to Success

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

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Tory Burch Reception to Benefit New Yorkers For Children

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

Tory Burch Reception to Benefit New Yorkers For Children

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

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Solange Azagury-Partridge and NYFC Host Cocktail Event

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

Solange Azagury-Partridge and NYFC Host Cocktail Event

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

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NYFC Hosts 2011 Wrap to Rap

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

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

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NYFC Hosts 2011 Wrap to Rap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet NYFC Guardian Scholar Vanessa Louis

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

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

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

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Meet NYFC Guardian Scholar Vanessa Louis

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

 

2011 Fall Gala

NYFC celebrated the 2011 Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 20th at Cipriani 42, raising over $1.7 million to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks was honored with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his work with at-risk youth. The evening’s program was hosted by youth in foster care who are leaders in New Yorkers For Children programs.

The 2011 Fall Gala Co-Chairs were Oscar de la Renta, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Lise and Michael Evans, Kevin and Erika Liles, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Shirin von Wulffen and Frédéric Fekkai, with Nicholas Scoppetta as the honorary chair. 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 musical performance by piano iconoclast ELEW.

NYFC recognized Carmelo for his extensive philanthropic work benefitting at-risk youth. A product of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Projects, Carmelo’s accomplishments extend well beyond the court. Some of his work includes the creation of the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, which helps empower and provide opportunities for underserved kids and families and the co-founding of Courts 4 Kids, a program that finds and refurbishes courts in underserved areas. In 2006, The Giving Back Fund, the premier philanthropic resource for the sports and entertainment communities, ranked Carmelo in their top ten of the “Giving Back 30″ report on celebrity philanthropists in America.

Vice Chairs of the 2011 Fall Gala were Debbie Bancroft, Donya and Scott Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Alina Cho, Chris Del Gatto, Beth Rudin DeWoody , Selita Ebanks, Amanda and Jonathan Eilian, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Marina Killery and David Orentriech, Pia and David Ledy, Julie and William Macklowe, Nina B. Matis, Mary Kathryn and Alexander Navab, Scott and Candice Posner, Shafi Roepers, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, George Sharp, Susan Shin, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, Philip and Viktoria von Wulffen, Vanessa Weiner von Bismark, and Stephanie and David Wolkoff.

CIRCA and St. John were the leading sponsors of the Fall Gala. Additional sponsors included BNY Mellon, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Tommy Hilfiger Group, American Express, Ann Taylor, BET Networks, Community Collection, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Dior Beauty, Frederic Fekkai, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, La Perla, KWL Enterprises, Longchamp, MAC Cosmetics, Macy’s and Bloomingdales, North Shore LIJ Health System, Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue. Ann Taylor 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 fifth consecutive year, designing an environment reflective of NYFC’s commitment to helping young people succeed. Music was provided by D-Nice during dancing.

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 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.

2011 Fall Gala

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

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View the 2011 Fall Gala film

CIRCA Event to Benefit NYFC

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

CIRCA Event to Benefit NYFC

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

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NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

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

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Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Jessica J.
Guardian Scholar, Hunter College

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

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

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

Vanessa L.
Guardian Scholar, Kingsborough Community College

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

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

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

Seong I.
Guardian Scholar, Hunter College

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

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

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

Amara T.
Guardian Scholar, Kingsborough Community College

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

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

Katia S.
Guardian Scholar, John Jay College

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

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

2011 Vocational Conference Sponsored by BNY Mellon

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

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

Sign up to attend the June 28th NYFC Vocational Conference

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

Prada Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

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

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HONOR Celebrates Store Opening to Benefit NYFC

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

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Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success

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

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2011 Educational Conference Sponsored by Neuberger Berman

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

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

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

HONOR Celebrates Store Opening to Benefit NYFC

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

A Fool’s Fête 2011 Presented by Soigne K

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

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

A Fool’s Fête 2011 Presented by Soigne K

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

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Chloe Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tech Careers Unplugged Network to Success

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

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

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

Chloe Hosts Cocktail Reception to Benefit NYFC

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

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

NYFC and IKEA Redecorate the ACS Children’s Center

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

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

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

NYFC Teams Up with Walmart for Wrap to Rap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NYFC 2010 Wrap to Rap

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

NYFC 2010 Wrap to Rap

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

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Soigne K Hosts Event with NYFC

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

Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Melissa S.
Freshman, Hunter College

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

Sandra G.
Freshman, John Jay College

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

Peterson R.
Freshman, John Jay College

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

Salvatore Ferragamo and W Magazine Host Cocktail Party to Benefit NYFC

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

NYFC 2010 Fall Gala

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

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NYFC Fall Gala Kick-Off Party Hosted by CIRCA

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

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

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

NYFC 2010 Fall Gala

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYFC Youth Advisory Board volunteers at NAC Kids Olympics

 

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

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

Youth For Yoga

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

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Prada

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

NYFC Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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

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

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

Apply to Join the Guardian Scholars Program

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

You must:

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

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

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

•Be an incoming freshman or sophomore

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

Guardian Scholars Program Application

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

Apply to be the next NYFC Spirit Award Recipient

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

You must:

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

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

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

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

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

2012 NYFC Spirit Award Application Form

Program Manager

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

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

Your key responsibilities will include:

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

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

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

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

No phone calls please.

 

A Fool’s Fête 2010

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

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

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

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

Youth For Yoga

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

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

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

Akris

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

Back-to-School Package Program

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

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

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

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

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

Meet Our Newest Guardian Scholars

Milton B.
Freshman, John Jay College 

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

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

Katherine V.
Freshman, John Jay College

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

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

 

2010 Vocational Conference

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

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

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

New Yorkers For Children Funds Fourteen New Programs in 2009

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

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

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New Yorkers For Children Funds Fourteen New Programs in 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NYFC 2011 Fall Gala

Honoree
Carmelo K. Anthony

Honorary Chair
Nicholas Scoppetta

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

request the pleasure of your company at the

NEW YORKERS FOR CHILDREN

2011 Annual Fall Gala

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Cipriani 42

Cocktails at 6:30 pm

Dinner, Live Auction, and Musical Performance to Follow

Black Tie

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

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

Youth For Yoga

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

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NYFC Partners With Broadway

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

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

2009 Educational Conference

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

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

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

 

CHIPP Holiday Party 2009

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

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

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

 

Ankasa

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

Find us on Facebook

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

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Rachel Roy

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

Tour of Good Morning America 2009

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

Wrap to Rap 2009

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

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

Tenth Annual Fall Gala

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Request For Proposals

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

To submit a proposal, click here.

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

Sports Network to Success

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

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

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

Valentino and Vogue

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

A Fool’s Fête 2009

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

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

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

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

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

Dior and Vogue

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

Friends Committee

Honorary Chair
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos*

Committee Co-Chairs
Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy
Alina Cho

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

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

*denotes NYFC Board Member

Wrap to Rap 2008

On Wednesday, November 19th, nearly 200 teens in foster care were joined by members of the New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Board of Directors and Friends Committee at the Empire Hotel Rooftop for the Sixth Annual Wrap to Rap.Guests were treated to special musical performances by Sean Kingston and Mario, and LL Cool J’s attendance brought an extra dose of holiday cheer to the teen volunteers at Wrap to Rap.As DJ D Nice spun hip hop classics, volunteers wrapped more than 1500 holiday gifts to be distributed to children in foster care this holiday season.

This annual event brings together the Board and Friends of NYFC and young people in foster care for a fun evening to provide much-needed holiday gifts for children in foster care, as well as reminds teens in foster care of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their community.Thank you to our generous donors, including Wal-Mart, Scotch 3M, Post-It, Bonne Bell, Sony BMG, Kid Robot, Harajuku Lovers, Burberry, Godiva, Conde Nast, Tommy Hilfiger, Random House, Commonwealth Packaging, Benefit Cosmetics, Alternative Apparel, MTV, Cirque du Soleil, the Whitney Museum, American Apparel, and J. Crew for making this event possible.

New Yorkers For Children Funds Thirteen New Programs

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

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

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

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

Coalation for Hispanic Families

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

Fund For Social Change

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

Good Shepherd

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

Graham Windham

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

Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)

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

New Alternatives For Children (NAC)

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

New York Center For Children

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

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

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

Osborne Association

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

Safe Space

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

The Door

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

Youth Communications

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

Roger Vivier

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

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

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.

Nordstrom and Vogue

In celebration of its Ninth Annual Fall Gala, New Yorkers For Children was proud to partner with Nordstrom and Vogue on Tuesday, June 17th for an evening to benefit the youth in foster care in New York City.  Hosts Marisa and Matt Brown, Anne and Mario Grauso, Nancy and Andrew Jarecki, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Shirin von Wulffen and Frederic Fekkai, Stephanie and David Wolkoff, and Caryn and Jeff Zucker were joined by Pete Nordstrom at the Harold Pratt town house for cocktails to kick off the Fall Gala, which is sponsored by Nordstrom.  Following cocktails, guests enjoyed an intimate dinner at Philippe.

Among the NYFC supporters in attendance were Oscar de la Renta, Phillip Lim, Peter Som, Thakoon Panichgul, Zac Posen, Fern Mallis, Andre Leon Talley, Joy Bryant, and Katie Lee Joel, as well as members of the Board of Directors and Friends Committee.  We look forward to seeing everyone again at the Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 16th!

Wrap to Rap 2005

Hip hop legends Dana Dane, DJ Whiz (of Kid ‘N Play fame) and D-Nice joined Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Victor Matthews, Marisa Brown, Zani Gugelmann, Alexandra Lind Rose, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Donatella Arpaia, Lauren Davis, Martin Gibson-Dessoffy, Amy McFarland, Norma Olarte Becker, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Neva Anton and Eva Anisko to help 20 teens living in foster care at the New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Wrap 2 Rap holiday party on Wednesday, November 30. NYFC hosted an afternoon of wrapping presents for younger children in foster care at Bellini Restaurant from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The teens, who are members of the Administration for Children’s Services’ Peer Leadership Council (PLC), wrapped toys for their “Little Angels” – younger children in foster care with whom they have developed peer mentoring relationships. PLC provides young people in foster care between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to develop self confidence, leadership skills and a supportive peer network.

The afternoon’s festivities were set to tunes spun by hip hop idol D-Nice, who played everything from R&B and rap classics to new releases. Each young person in attendance received a goodie bag from Kenneth Cole Productions filled with holiday treats donated from L’Oreal, Altoids, Target, American Greetings, Earnest Sewn, Theory, Nivea, Baby Phat, Philosophy, Abercrombie & Fitch, LeSport Sac, Lippman Collection, ghd, Pixi, Lands End, Vibe, Mac and more! Scotch 3M generously donated wrapping paper, tape, dispensers and bows. Bellini graciously contributed venue, food and beverage for this event.

Harry Winston

On Wednesday, November 28, New Yorkers For Children hosts Donya Archer Bommer, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Ashley McDermott, Kelly Behun Sugarman, and Shirin von Wulffen joined 2007 Fall Gala sponsor Harry Winston for an evening of shopping and cocktails to kick-off the holiday season in “Winston Wonderland.”  In addition to viewing the exquisite Diamond de Niege collection, of which 10% of proceeds through January 31, 2008 were donated to NYFC, revelers were treated to an exclusive exhibition of archival designs.  Among the supporters who filled the 718 Fifth Avenue store were Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, Tinsley Mortimer, Muffie Potter Aston, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict.  We are so grateful for Harry Winston’s support of New Yorkers For Children’s educational programs.

Elie Tahari Store Opening and Beach Cocktails

New Yorkers For Children partnered with Elie Tahari for two events in East Hampton in the summer of 2007, both celebrating Tahari’s generous support of the NYFC Gala and the opening of their new boutique.  On July 14th, Rory and Elie Tahari opened their home to members of the Board of Directors and Friends Committee for an evening event overlooking the ocean in Sagaponack.  Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Helen and Tim Schifter, Susy Korb, B Michael, Coralie Charriol Paul, Ashley McDermott, and Stephanie LaCava enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and when the sun went down, Elie Tahari generously provided sweaters to keep guests warm.

On August 11th, Elie Tahari once again invited NYFC to East Hampton, this time to the Elie Tahari boutique.  Rory and Elie Tahari were joined by Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Kelly Behun Sugarman, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie, Sophia Bush, Cindi Lieve, Jill Hennessy, Olivia Palermo and other NYFC supporters for shopping and cocktails in the new boutique.  In addition to their sponsorship of the 2007 Fall Gala, Elie Tahari also contributed a percentage of sales from this event to support the Back-to-School Package program.

Saks Fifth Avenue

What better way to “kick-off” the 2007 Annual Fall Gala than with a celebration at Saks Fifth Avenue’s new shoe floor, 10022-SHOE!  Susan Burden, Donya Archer Bommer, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Ashley McDermott, Coralie Charriol Paul, Helen Schifter, Kelly Sugarman, Shirin von Wulffen, Renee Rockefeller, and Zani Gugelmann hosted the event on September 6th, which also served as the official opening of Saks’ newly redesigned eighth floor shoe department.  The new space is so large, it has been given it’s own zip code!

New Yorkers For Children supporters, including Lauren Shortt Pinto, Arden Hess Rowland, Maggie Betts, Stephanie LaCava, and Susan Shin put their best foot forward and attended the Fashion Week event to celebrate Saks Fifth Avenue’s support of the 2007 Annual Fall Gala.  DJ Sky Nellor spun music while attendees browsed the enormous collection of shoes.  In addition to serving as a silver sponsor of the Gala, Saks generously supported the Back-to-School Package program to improve the lives of New York City’s college-enrolled youth in foster care.

Burberry

On October 14th, Allison Aston, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Fabiola Beracasa, Marisa Brown, and Zani Gugelmann hosted a private shopping event with Burberry at the store’s flagship location on 57th Street.  Despite the rain, supporters of New Yorkers For Children packed the store to listen to DJ Sky Nellor while shopping the Burberry Prorsum and custom designed handbag collections.

In addition to their support at the September 18thFall Gala, Burberry donated 15% of sales on the evening to New Yorkers For Children in support of programming and initiatives for young people in foster care in New York City.

Salviati

Despite ever-dropping temperatures, New Yorkers For Children’s supporters came out in droves on Thursday, December 13thto attend an evening awareness event with Salviati.  Jennifer Creel, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, B Michael, Susan Shin, Euan Rellie, Renee Rockefeller, Alexandra Lind Rose, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Arden Wohl hosted guests, including Marisa Brown, Claire Bernard, Stephanie LaCava, and Steven Victor, at the West Broadway boutique.  With Salviati’s pledge to donate 10% of sales for the week to NYFC, attendees eagerly snapped up gorgeous glass jewelry and housewares by the Italian design company.  As a generous sponsor of the 2007 Fall Gala, we are so thankful for Salviati’s support

Bally

Eager to celebrate the second consecutive sell-out year of A Fool’s Fête, Friends Committee members and other devoted NYFC supporters attended a cocktail reception at Bally’s Madison Avenue Flagship on Thursday, March 6th.  Hosts Fabiola Beracasa, Marisa Brown, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Lydia Fenet, Susan Shin, Shirin von Wulffen, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were on hand to thank Bally’s creative director Brian Atwood while guests including Joy Bryant, Byrdie Bell, Nina Garcia, Maggie Betts, Phillip Bloch, and Bebe Neuwirth enjoyed music by DJ Sky Nellor.  A percentage of the evening’s proceeds benefited New Yorkers For Children.

Pronovias

Flamenco dancers were right at home on Wednesday, May 7th as Spanish bridal designer Pronovias hosted the opening of their flagship New York store with New Yorkers For Children. A sponsor of the upcoming New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala, Alberto and Susana Palatchi of Pronovias were joined by NYFC hosts Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, Annelise Peterson, Dabney Mercer, Lydia Fenet, Tinsley Mortimer, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermès for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing in the multi-level 52nd Street store. Guests were transported to a Spanish fiesta for the night and enjoyed an unbelievable array of appetizers, replete with hand-carved Spanish ham flown in for the event. Revelers including Karolina Kurkova, Susan Shin, Stephanie LaCava, and Ivanka Trump kept the dance party going well past the anticipated 9:30pm conclusion. If the cocktail reception was any indication, Pronovias’ participation at the Gala will be truly remarkable. NYFC wishes to thank Pronovias for their generous support, which will benefit youth in foster care in New York City.

Wrap to Rap 2004

On Tuesday, November 30th, P. Diddy’s new teen discoveries B5, Hip Hop Legend D-Nice and several of Hip Hop’s hottest artists joined Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Norma Olarte Becker, Tinsley Mortimer, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Alexandra Lind Rose, Marisa Brown, Lauren Davis, Claire Bernard, Susan L. Burden and 30 teens in foster care at New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) “Wrap to Rap” hip hop holiday party.  NYFC hosted an afternoon of wrapping donated presents for younger children in foster care. The teens who are members of ACS’s Peer Leadership Council (PLC) gave all wrapped toys to their “Little Angels” — younger children in foster care with whom they have developed peer mentoring relationships. PLC provides young people in foster care between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to develop self-confidence, leadership skills and a supportive peer network.

 

The atmosphere of the afternoon’s festivities was set by hip-hop legend D-Nice spinning hip hop classics and new releases at Serafina Restaurant Downtown.  Some of today’s hottest hip-hop artists also stopped by to wrap and rap with the teens including P. Diddy’s teen sensations B5.  One lucky teen won a New Era 59Fifty cap designed by rapper Fabolous.

The PLC teenagers in attendance received holiday treats from Kenneth Cole, NARS, Banana Republic, Ghirardelli, NBA, Le Sportsac, Capitol Records, Philosophy, L’Oreal, Old Navy, Vibe Magazine, Pepperidge Farm, Anthony Logistics for Men, Biotherm, New Era Caps, Steiner Sports, OP Sunglasses, Newman’s Own, Crabtree & Evelyn, Juicy Couture and more!

Wrap to Rap 2006

On November 28th, 2006, members of the Friends of New Yorkers For Children were joined by NYFC supporters and young people in foster care for the 4th Annual Wrap to Rap.  DJ D-Nice set the tone for the afternoon, spinning hip hop classic that were perfect for the impromptu dance lessons that sprang up.  Friends including Joyce Varvatos, Renee Rockefeller, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Howard Kuo, Oliver Hammond, and Lydia Fenet were joined by Rachel Roy and Damon Dash, who joined teens in foster care to wrap holiday gifts for younger children in foster care.

NYFC is so grateful to First Republic Bank for hosting this wonderful holiday tradition.

Wrap to Rap 2007

On November 14, 2007 Delta Air Lines and New Yorkers For Children hosted the Fifth Annual “Wrap to Rap”, an afternoon of wrapping gifts for youth in foster care in New York City at Sky360° by Delta.  While DJ Sky Nellor spun hip hop classics, LeAnn Rimes, Damon Dash and the NYFC Friends Committee were joined by 60 teens in foster care to wrap toys and gifts for young children in foster care.  Dylan’s Candy Bar presented a dessert decorating station and biscuits and hot cocoa by Godiva Chocolatier put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Attendees were kept busy wrapping more than 1200 holiday gifts, which will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care this holiday season.  Once their hard work was done, teens and Friends showed off their singing skills with karaoke, hosted by Spotlight Live.

Damon Dash emceed a raffle of Microsoft Zune portable digital media players, which went home with two lucky gift wrappers.  As a special thank-you for their hard work, each of the teens received a gift bag including Converse sneakers, Baby Phat sunglasses, Philosophy products, a copy of Scholastic’s Harry Potter, Godiva chocolates, Vitamin Water, and other gifts for the holiday season.

We were also thrilled that SKY360 continued their support of New Yorkers For Children through the holiday season by offering gift wrap services for a nominal fee of $5 per gift.  The proceeds benefited New Yorkers For Children.

NYFC wishes to thank everyone who donated and showed their support to this event. Wrap to Rap would not have been possible without your generosity.

Fall Gala 2005

Over 700 guests joined New Yorkers For Children at our Fall Gala, held on September 21, 2005 at Cipriani on 42nd Street in New York City.  The event raised 1.3 million in funds to support New York City’s children who are in foster care.

Co-chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Donya and Scott Bommer and Kelly and Jay Sugarman, the Gala brought together some of New York City’s most influential people from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, government, business, philanthropy and society to show their support for the nonprofit partner of the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services.

During the program, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about the significance of NYFC’s work and presented Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and CEO of The Children’s Defense Fund, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children.  NYFC Founder and current NYC Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta gave a brief history of the organization and presented hip-hop legend and CEO of Rush Communications Russell Simmons with the Business Leadership Award for his work with inner-city youth.  Children’s Services Commissioner John Mattingly highlighted the unique nature of the partnership between NYFC and Children’s Services and presented Glenn Coleman, a senior at Howard University who entered the foster care system as a teenager, with the Freddie Mac Spirit Award and a $10,000 scholarship for his educational achievement and mentoring involvement.  Grammy Award winner and Time magazine “Hero” Melissa Etheridge finished the evening with a spectacular performance.

NYFC is especially grateful to our Gala co-sponsors DeBeers, the Scott and Donya Bommer Foundation and Jay and Kelly Sugarman.  Our thanks also go to Roberto Cavalli, who provided the vodka for the evening, Teen Vogue, who dressed the young women and Banana Republic, who dressed the young men in foster care attending as guests of NYFC.

With the support of co-chairs, sponsors, donors, and guests, NYFC’s Tenth Anniversary Fall Gala was a great success—giving NYFC 1.3 million more ways to support youth in foster care.

Fall Gala 2006

The 7th Annual New Yorkers For Children Fall 2006 Gala raised over $1.3 million in support of children in foster care. The event, held on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at Cipriani 42nd Street, was chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Hugh and Deborra-Lee Jackman, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman and co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and Kevin Huvane. Honorary Chairs included Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta and John B. Mattingly.

Diane Sawyer of ABC News presented The New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award, a $10,000 scholarship, to Sha’Rhone Frost, a freshman at John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, Vice President of the Fund for the City of New York, received the Nicholas Scoppetta Award for Service to Children. Grammy Award winning musician, LeAnn Rimes, performed.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, Diane Kruger, Damon Dash and Rachel Roy and Hana Soukupova attended. Also on hand were Margherita Missoni, Amy Sacco, Alexis Bryan, Elie and Rory Tahari, Fabiola Beracasa, Lucy Sykes and Euan Rellie, Olivia Chantecaille, Kim Hierston, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Lauren DuPont, David and Sybil Yurman, Zac Posen, Kelly Bensimon, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, and Keren Craig.

We are especially grateful to Gala Vice-Chairs Debbie Bancroft, Jon Blum, Donya Archer Bommer, Susan L. Burden, Lauren Davis, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Susy Korb, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Alexandra Lind Rose, Andrew Saffir, Timothy Ware Schifter, Susan Shin, Orna Shulman, Kelly Behun Sugarman, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Richard E. Frick, Emily Lin, Renee Rockefeller, and Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck for their support of this year’s Gala.

The Fall 2006 Gala was partially underwritten by Nokia and supporters included Vogue, Federated Department Stores, Harry Winston, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Valentino, Marchesa, David Yurman, Chloe, Wachovia Securities and Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Fall Gala 2007

More than 700 guests joined New Yorkers For Children on September 18th for our Eighth Annual Fall Gala, which was held at 583 Park Avenue.  David Stark’s event décor included mirrors and reflective surfaces to reinforce the Gala’s theme: “Help starts with you!”  The 2007 Gala has raised more than $1.95 million thus far, setting a record for funds raised at this annual event with a 30% increase.

This year’s Gala was chaired by Oscar de la Renta, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, and LeAnn Rimes, along with honorary chairs Commissioners Nicholas Scoppetta and John B. Mattingly.  Following the dinner, chart topping artist Sean Kingston performed several of his hits, including his #1 single “Beautiful Girls.”

NYFC supporters and young people in foster care honored Laura Baudo Sillerman, President of the Tomorrow Foundation, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, for her dedication to closing the gap between have and have-not children in our community.  This year’s Wachovia New Yorkers For Children Spirit Award, presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to community and the determination and ability to overcome the barriers to academic success, was awarded to Ishmael Kamara, a senior at SUNY Oneonta.  Ishmael plans to use the scholarship he received from NYFC to pursue his Masters degree in education.

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program was a focal point of the Gala.  For the first time, the event featured a live auction of the packages, which contain essentials including laptops, Random House dictionaries, Target backpacks and gift cards, Cole Haan wallets, Pantone notebooks, smartwater, L’Oreal Professionnel shampoo and conditioner, Sferra bath towels, and more.  This year NYFC is aiming to provide a Back-to-School Package to each of the 500 college-enrolled young people in foster care in New York City.  The live auction of the $2,500 Back-to-School Packages raised more than $125,000, providing packages for 50 young people and putting us well on our way to achieving our goal!  We are also thrilled to announce that FedEx has agreed to serve as the exclusive delivery service of the Back-to-School Packages in 2008.

The evening also featured a film about six young people who have been impacted by NYFC.  Chantel Johnson, Sha’Rhone Frost, Rayshawn Pettaway, Nathanial Aviles, Dawnae Silvia, and Jessica Maxwell each shared their personal stories about their experiences in foster care, which were both inspirational and a testimony to the impact NYFC programs can have on young people.  We are so grateful for their participation!

NYFC was pleased to be joined by sixteen young people in foster care to celebrate the evening.  Macy’s Inc. generously dressed the youth, while Mario Diab and Dior Beauty provided hair styling and make-up.  We are grateful to these generous supporters for helping our young people look so spectacular.

NYFC would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, particularly Wachovia Foundation, Wachovia Securities, Christian Lacroix, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Elie Tahari, Harry Winston, Freddie Mac Foundation, Cantor Fitzgerald, Macy’s, Inc., Tumi, Reservoir Capital Group, Cole Haan and Target.

A Fool’s Fête 2007

 

New Yorkers For Children hosted an extraordinarily successful Fool’s Fête on April 19, 2007 at the Mandarin Oriental.  The Fourth Annual Spring Dinner Dance was sponsored by Emanuel Ungaro and raised more than $400,000 to support the NYFC Back-to-School Package program.  For the first time in the event’s history, tickets were sold out before invitations were mailed, ensuring terrific turnout and a packed dance floor as 400 fashionable attendees and eleven young people in foster care celebrated NYFC’s successes.

Chairs Lauren Davis, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff worked tirelessly to create a spectacular event.  Generous supporters and corporate sponsors included Frederic Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen, Hermine and David Heller Foundation, Carola and Robert Jain, Andres Santo-Domingo, David Wassong and Abigail Klem, Christina Floyd, Reservoir Capital, Carlos Miele, Costume National, Jenni Kanye, Pantone, Salviati, Tibi, Rebecca Beeson, and Valentino.

In addition to outstanding advanced ticket sales, the evening’s silent auction, which featured couture gowns, exquisite handbags, jewelry, sports tickets, spa products, travel packages, and more, set a record for NYFC and grossed nearly $50,000, more than doubling funds raised in last year’s auction.

NYFC is grateful for the support and generosity of Valery Joseph Salon, Zeller Tuxedos, Tibi, Tracey Reese, Nicole Miller, Nine West, and B Michael, who provided styling and consultation for the young people in attendance.

Fashion Network to Success

On June 13, 2007 NYFC brought together influential designers, merchandisers, fashion writers, stylists, and more for a Fashion Network to Success panel. Elie Tahari, John Varvatos, Jim Seuss, Stefani Greenfield, Philip Bloch, Anne Slowey, Fern Mallis, BJ Coleman, Aja Mangum, and Horacio Silva were among the panelists who provided valuable information about their experiences in the fashion industry and how they began their careers.
Members of the Friends Committee and Board of Directors were on-hand to show their support for the 150 young people in attendance, as well as show their gratitude for the panelists who generously donated their time.

Tour of Good Morning America 2008

On Friday, May 30, New Yorkers For Children provided ten young people in foster care who are passionate about the entertainment industry with the experience of a lifetime.  Good Morning America host Diane Sawyer invited some of NYFC’s young people to attend a taping of the morning show, which included a live performance by Usher in Bryant Park.  After watching the show-stopping performance from the front row, the young people traveled to Times Square Studios to meet with Diane and her co-host, Robin Roberts.  Diane’s personal commitment to child welfare reform was illustrated when she hosted the 2006 NYFC Fall Gala and presented her deeply moving film on foster care in America and around the world. She and Robin were both inspired by the young people they met on the Good Morning America set. 

Back in the control room to watch the live broadcast for the West Coast, the young people all spoke about their desires to become involved in the entertainment industry.  ABC generously invited the youth back to meet with professionals from other aspects of the field, and we are looking forward to revisiting Times Square Studios this summer.  We are so grateful to ABC, Diane Sawyer, and Friends Committee member Rory Hermelee.

Foster Care Alumni Network to Success

On Wednesday, December 5, 2007, more than 100 young people in foster care filled the auditorium at the New School for a Network to Success event featuring a panel of foster care alumni.  Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, the 2006 recipient of the NYFC Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award, served as the moderator for the evening, and was joined by successful panelists from all walks of life.  2005 NYFC Spirit Award winner Glenn Coleman, who received his degree from Howard University, spoke about the challenges he faced on his path to success and how he was able to overcome them.  Glenn now works in technology sales in New York.  Giselle John, Executive Director of Voices of Youth, spoke about how growing up in foster care motivated her to give back to her community. Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, having spent several years of his childhood in foster care, urged young people to persevere in the face of adversity.  We are so grateful to all of our panelists, whose experiences inspired the next generation of New York City’s youth in foster care.

A Fool’s Fête 2008

On April 16, 2008, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their Fifth Annual Spring Dinner Dance—New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête, presented by Missoni.  More than 450 guests attended the evening of dinner and dancing at The Mandarin Oriental, which sold out before invitations were mailed for the second consecutive year.  The evening raised more than $515,000 in support of New Yorkers For Children’s educational programs.

Event Chairs Marisa Brown, Martin Gibson Dessoffy, Lydia Fenet, Margherita Maccappani Missoni, Coralie Charriol Paul, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, along with Junior Chairs Fabiola Beracasa, Zani Gugelmann, Oliver Hammond, Tinsley Mortimer, and Arden Wohl were instrumental in the evening’s success.  Honorary Chair and founding member of the Friends Committee, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, was surprised during the evening’s program when she was presented with an award in appreciation of her dedication to the Friends Committee.  We are so grateful for Dayssi’s support, without which A Fool’s Fête could not have grown into the amazing success that it has become.

Another of the evening’s highlights included a record-breaking silent auction, replete with custom couture gowns, relaxing spa treatments, vacation getaways, and delicious restaurant packages.  Bidding continued well into the night, and the auction eventually grossed more than $52,000.

Generous supporters and corporate sponsors included our Lead Sponsor, Swarovski, as well as Ram and Preethi Sundaram, Huge Boss, Roger Vivier, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Bally, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Jay Ahr, Missoni Profumi, Reservoir Capital, Bluemercury Apothecary, Tibi, and Vogue. In addition to their table purchases, Frederic Fekkai and Dior Beauty provided hair and makeup consultations for the 10 young people in foster care who joined us for the evening.  Friends Committee member B Michael once again lent his support by dressing and styling the youth in Missoni, Tibi, Tracy Reese, and Hart Schaffner Marx.  Thank you to all of our generous contributors.  We look forward to seeing you at next year’s A Fool’s Fête!

Entertainment Network to Success

New Yorkers For Children hosted our Tenth Network to Success, focused on music, film, and television industries on Wednesday, May 7th at the NYU Kimmel Center. The Friends and Board Members of NYFC were instrumental in securing some of the most successful and prominent professionals from the entertainment industry, including actress Joy Bryant, music video director Hype Williams, film producer of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull David Koepp, Warner Music Group EVP Kevin Liles, FOX morning show host Mike Jerrick, and Oscar-winning film producer Bill Goldman. More than 150 young people in foster care were inspired by the panelists, who stressed the importance of education as a safety net when pursuing your dreams.  

Among the NYFC supporters in attendance to celebrate the Tenth Network to Success were Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Donya Archer Bommer, Susan Burden, Norma Becker, and Howard Kuo and Rory Hermelee, whose dedication to the planning of this event helped to make it our most successful to date.

In addition to enjoying the panel presentation and round table discussions with the panelists, the youth in attendance participated in a job readiness workshop presented by FEGS. The young people learned about networking and professional etiquette and were able to put their newly acquired skills to use. Thank you to FEGS for their support of this important event.

A Fool’s Fête 2006

 

On Friday, April 7, 2006, the Friends of New Yorkers For Children, along with nearly 400 supporters, filled the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Third Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête, sponsored by GUCCI.  Event Chairs Lauren Davis, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Renee Rockefeller, Susan Shin, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff were joined by guests including Ivanka Trump, Carmen Kass, Thom Filicia, Gemma Ward, Jennifer and Dariush Maanavi, Douglas Hannant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Roopal Patel and Dani Stahl in support of the NYFC Back-to-School Package program.

In addition to a delicious dinner and dancing that continued well into the night, A Fool’s Fête also featured a lavish silent auction.  Donations to the auction included items by Catherine Malandrino, davidburke & donatella, Ferragamo, GUCCI, Hollywould, Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, and Zac Posen to name a few.  Revelers in attendance bid generously, and in tandem with ticket and table purchases, the evening grossed more than $200,000 for the Back-to-School Package program.

NYFC was honored to be joined by ten young people in foster care who have been involved with our programs.  Thank you to B Michael, Diane von Furstenberg, Iman Cosmetics, Kenneth Cole, Nine West, and Tracy Reese for their generosity in dressing and styling the young people in foster care who joined us for the evening.

We are so grateful to our Lead Sponsor GUCCI, as well as our corporate sponsors Hugo Boss, Circa, Tracy Paul, Calvin Klein and Valentino.  We look forward to seeing you at our next Spring Dinner Dance!

Hip Hop Network to Success

To kick off 2007, NYFC hosted a Network to Success event that focused on the hip-hop industry. The event took place on January 17th at the NYU Kimmel Center.  Over 150 teens in foster care joined members of the Board and Friends Committee, including Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Tinsley Mortimer, Dabney Mercer, Fabiola Beracasa, Eva Anisko and B Michael, to listen to and speak with panelists representing all aspects of the hip-hop industry.  Teens in attendance learned hip hop is not just a culture, but can also be a career.

Panelists ranged from artist managers to public relations executives to CEOs of record labels and included Russell Simmons, Damon Dash, Chris Lighty, James Cruz, Danyel Smith, Ebro, Geronimo, Al Branch, Crystal Howard, Conrad Dimanche, and Derrick “D Nice” Jones. They enlightened, inspired and provided insight into careers in the hip hop industry to all in attendance. 

Fall Gala 2008

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

Upon entering Cipriani, guests were greeted by an oversized composition notebook, designed by David Stark, which featured quotes from young people in foster care about the importance of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC).  Those messages were echoed throughout the room, with additional quotes projected on the walls and marble composition notebook vases holding lush red flowers on each table.  The décor set the tone for the evening, and was a constant reminder to the guests of how important their support is for young people in foster care throughout New York City.

Jimmy Fallon opened the evening with a special Comedic performance to welcome guests.  Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group presented honoree Kevin Liles, Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group, with the Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award for his tireless efforts to promote education and provide inspiration to young people.  In his acceptance speech, he reminded the young people in attendance that despite adversities they may have faced, they are all superstars.  He then welcome surprise guest Lupe Fiasco, who performed his hit single, “Superstar.”

Mariska Hargitay introduced a moving film featuring six of NYFC’s young people, who spoke about the need for support in their quest to achieve their dreams and set the tone for the hugely successful live auction of Guardian Scholarships, Back-to-School Packages, and other resources for students, presented by Sotheby’s Jamie Niven.  In less than ten minutes, guests raised their hands to be champions for NYFC educational programs, raising nearly $350,000.

Spirit Award recipient Kevin Di Benedetto, a junior at Binghamton University, was among the young people in foster care in attendance.  Kevin plans to use his $10,000 scholarship to achieve his goal of completing his PhD in computer science.  Kevin and his peers were thrilled to meet many celebrity attendees at the Gala, including Jay Z, Beyonce, Blake Lively, Joy Bryant, Gayle King, Julianne Moore, Kim Raver and musical guest Patti Labelle, who invited the young people on stage during her roof-raising performance.

New Yorkers For Children is particularly grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, Nordstrom.  In addition to their generous support at the Gala, Nordstrom provided clothing and accessories for the young people in attendance to make them look like the superstars that they are!  Silver sponsors MAC Cosmetics and Frederic Fekkai provided makeup and hair consultations for our young guests to complete their glamorous looks.

Thank you to reception underwriter Wachovia, as well as to Platinum sponsors Donya and Scott Bommer, Ashley and Jeff McDermott, Roger Vivier and Kelly and Jay Sugarman.  We look forward to your continued support and hope to see you next Fall!

Please continue to check our website for photos from this incredible evening!

Foster Care Mentoring Institute

Ensuring that youth leave foster care with permanent connections to caring adults is a priority.  This is especially true for young people who will transition from care and will need someone to provide ongoing guidance and support as they navigate the challenges of adulthood.  NYFC supports Children’s Services’ Central Mentoring Office to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for youth in foster care.

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Apply to be the next NYFC Spirit Award Winner!

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.

The application deadline is June 15th.

2010 NYFC Spirit Award Recommendation Form

2010 NYFC Spirit Award Application Form

 

Wrap to Rap Holiday Gift Wrapping Event

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

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Children of Incarcerated Parents Program

The Children of Incarcerated Parents Program (CHIPP) offers a visiting program at Rikers Island and to City, State and Federal correctional facilities for those children in foster care whose parents are incarcerated.  NYFC supports a Special Events and Holiday Program and Photo Program to help ensure that the bonds between children and their parents are maintained.

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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

Youth Financial Empowerment Initiative

The Youth Financial Empowerment (YFE) initiative is an asset building program for youth transitioning from foster care. This unique financial savings program offers youth in foster care, ages 16-21, the opportunity to save for specific asset purchases (education and homeownership) that will support economic independence. Participants contribute to these accounts with earned income and these contributions are matched with a mix of government and private funds that enable purchase of an approved asset goal.

CHIPP Holiday Party

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

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Tour of Good Morning America

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

Network to Success

Twice annually, New Yorkers For Children hosts Network to Success events.  These networking events provide more than 150 young people in foster care, who are high school and college students, with the opportunity to network with a “dream team” of professionals in various industries and learn about exciting career opportunities. Panelists are able to provide invaluable insight and inspiration to the young adults in foster care, who greatly benefit from career exposure and guidance.

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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

Upcoming events

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

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

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Our friends

Established by the Board of Directors of NYFC in 2002, The Friends of New Yorkers For Children (The Friends Committee) is composed of New Yorkers who support the goals and plans of NYFC. Members of The Friends Committee help to support and participate in programs for children and young people who are in foster care and raise awareness of NYFC.

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Request for Proposals

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

To submit a proposal, click here

2008 Fall Gala

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

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NYFC Partners with Broadway

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