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.


Contact Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Coordinator, or 646.257.2930



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



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.

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