The Youth Advisory Board is a group of young people who support NYFC by shaping public perceptions of children and youth in foster care, and inspiring peers to become advocates in their communities. YAB collaborates with other programs for positive youth development, education, and professional success, while encouraging New Yorkers of all ages and walks of life to strengthen society.

We participate in volunteer events and projects throughout the year. Thank you for joining us to wrap presents for young children in foster care to brighten their holiday season.

In addition to providing much-need holiday gifts for children in foster care, Wrap to Rap also reminds us all of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Because of you, a child will know that someone is thinking about them this holiday season, and that someone is you.

One of the reasons why we am so thrilled to be able to give back to children in foster care this holiday season is because we were in foster care, ourselves. We know how special it is to wake up on Christmas morning and have a gift to unwrap. It is because of where we come from that New Yorkers For Children is so important to us.

We have to step up and make sure all New York City children get ahead in life. We want to let all the young people here today know that it’s not about where you came from, it’s about where you’re going. Today it is clear that you are all on the right path, volunteering your time to make the holidays brighter for children in care.