Our Programs

We work to enroll older and aged out of care youth in college, support them through graduation, and help them gain the skills needed to enter the workforce.

We do this by providing direct academic scholarship programs, innovative pilots, youth development events, wraparound supports, and emergency funding as needed.

Find out more about our programs below.

The Back to School Package Program The Nicholas Scoppetta Scholarship Program Bridge Scholars The Spirit Award The Financial Empowerment Fund Emergency Funds The Youth Advisory Board & Peer Mentorship Network to Success

NYFC Direct Scholarships

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The Back To School
Package Program

If you’re a youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program, The Back-To-School Package Program provides two stipends per year for incidentals, and a laptop computer equipped with antivirus software. Eligible students can receive a package every semester they are enrolled in school for up to 5 years.

Apply now
  • Student is currently in foster care in NYC or was in care until their 18th birthday
  • Student is enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university OR student is registered for a vocational program that is a minimum of 90 days
  • The BTS program is accepting applications from January 15th – March 31st, 2021.
  • If you are Aged Out, please click here to apply.
  • All youth who are currently In Care should contact their agency to apply on their behalf. Agency workers should reach out to Cassandra Rosser at crosser@newyorkersforchildren.org for more information
  • Questions or Concerns?
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The Nicholas Scoppeta
Scholarship Program

For youth ageing out of foster care and starting a post-secondary program, The Nick’s Scholars Program provides services in the form of financial, academic, and emotional support to help students transition and graduate.

Nick’s Scholars belong to a larger community where they can build relationships with other Scholars and adult mentors to support them on their path to a college degree.

For up to 5 years, Scholars receive:

  • Academic Advisement
  • Tutoring
  • Peer to peer mentoring
  • Career Exploration
  • Networking opportunities
  • $500 – $750 per month for living expenses
  • $1000 – $1,200 per year for textbooks
  • Up to $1000 per year for tuition
  • A $500 move-in allowance
Apply now
  • Must be in NYC foster care or have aged out of NYC foster care
  • Must be 24 years old or younger
  • Enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in a CUNY/SUNY school for the Spring 2020 semester
  • Enrolled in a private college in NYC and have completed at least their first year
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Applications are now open through November 20th, 2020. Click here to apply.
  • Questions or Concerns?
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Bridge Scholars

The Bridge Scholarship Program was developed to support youth who wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies.

Two youth, who will be known as Bridge Scholars, will each receive $8,575 worth of tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year and will participate in other NYFC programs like the Youth Advisory Board, Peer Mentoring and community-building events. Priority will be given to undocumented youth and students who are not eligible for financial aid.

Apply now
  • Must be currently or formerly in foster care in NYC (If formerly in foster care, student must have aged out)
  • Must not be older than 25 years
  • Enrolled or have been accepted and plan to enroll in college/university in Fall 2020 semester.
  • Must reside in and/or attend college/university in Queens, NY (If attending college outside of Queens, your primary residence must be in Queens)
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Applications are now closed
  • Questions or Concerns?
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The Spirit Award

Our Spirit Award is granted to youth who have achieved academic success, demonstrated a willingness to think beyond themselves, shown resilience in the face of challenges, and gained a new sense of self-awareness because of the obstacles they have had to overcome.

The Spirit Award consists of a $10,000 scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship and two $2,500 scholarships awarded each year to four individuals.

Apply now
  • Must be in a 4-year college program with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be entering their Junior or Senior year in an accredited 4-year college or university as a full-time student
  • Applications are currently closed.
  • Questions or Concerns?
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The Financial
Empowerment Fund

This fund aims to help college students ease the financial burden of pursuing their education. Each scholarship recipient will meet with a Financial Coach – provided by First Republic Bank – once per semester, where they will receive instruction on navigating student loan debt and learn how to establish credit.

Up to five students will be selected for this scholarship and will receive up to $5,000 based on academic merit and financial need.

Apply now
  • Must be currently in foster care or have aged out of foster care in NYC, with priority being given to students who have aged out
  • Must be entering their Junior or Senior year in an accredited 4-year college or university
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate significant financial need
  • Applications are open through October 27th, 2020. Click here to apply.
  • Questions or Concerns?
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Emergency Funds

NYFC has 4 available emergency grants designed to provide emergency support for individuals who fall under the following categories:

  • Youth who are aged out of NYC foster care, between the ages of 18-26, and are not currently enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program
Apply now
  • Must be aged-out of NYC foster care
  • Must be aged 18-26 years old
  • Must provide brief description of what funds will cover
  • Youth who are currently in foster care in NYC and are currently enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program
Apply now
  • Must be currently in NYC foster care
  • Must be currently enrolled in a college or an accredited vocational program
  • Must not be older than 27 years old
  • Must provide documentation of the reason funds are needed
  • Your Agency staff member must submit the application on behalf of the student applying so that NYFC can verify the student’s foster care status
  • Click here to apply
  • Questions or Concerns?
  • Youth who are aged out of NYC foster care, ages 18-26, and are currently enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program
Apply now
  • Must be aged-out of NYC foster care
  • Enrolled in a college or an accredited vocational program
  • Must not be older than 27 years old
  • Must provide documentation of the reason funds are needed
  • Youth who are currently in foster care in NYC and are not enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program
Apply now
  • Must be currently in NYC foster care
  • Must be aged 18-21 years old
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a college or accredited vocational program

NYFC will generally fulfill requests to cover emergencies such as:

  • Overdue rent or emergency housing assistance
  • Overdue utility bills
  • Medical and dental bills for uninsured necessary procedures
  • Transportation
  • Books and school supplies
  • Support for groceries and food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Technology support for remote work and learning
  • Baby food, formula, and diapers
  • Other items at the discretion of the committee

New Yorkers For Children will generally not fund requests for:

  • Legal representation in criminal or civil proceeding
  • Youth who have been compensated through another NYFC Fund

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Non-Scholarships Programs

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The Youth Advisory Board & Peer Mentorship

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a peer leadership initiative where youth meet monthly to create community, fight stigma, advocate for change, and educate the public about NYFC programming and resources.

In 2019, NYFC partnered with NASPA to deliver the three-day Peer-to-Peer Training Program, which provides participants with concrete training on life skills, soft skills, creating healthy relationships, and academics.

YAB is open to youth in or aged out of NYC foster care, ages 15-26.

Interested in joining the YAB or the Peer Mentoring Program?
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Network To Success

Since 2003, the goal of Network to Success (NTS) has been to expose youth ages 15-26 in the wider NYC foster care community to a variety of careers, related educational prerequisites, and skills needed to successfully enter the workforce from an empowered position.

This event brings together NYFC’s Board of Directors, donors, corporate partners, and other volunteers to share their career expertise and engage in meaningful ways with youth.

The event consists of a panel of experts across various fields, a Q & A, and one-on-one activity stations where volunteers work with youth on skills such as resume writing, interviewing, personal branding, and more. NYFC also holds several smaller NTS events throughout the year for our scholars.

For more information, email program@newyorkersforchildren.org

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