New Yorkers for Children is an organization that aims at improving the well-being of youths who are raised in foster homes in New York. Together with the Administration for Children’s Services, they make sure that the young people’s welfare in foster families is well cared for by providing education, life skills, and career development. Nicholas Scopate founded this organization in 1996. Before NYFC, Nicholas was the Commissioner of ACS. NYFC has since managed to raise and distribute more than $50 million in support all around New York. It has also come up with programs like the Guardian Scholars Program, the Youth Advisory Board, the Spirit Award, and Back-to-School Package Program has benefits over a thousand youths in foster care. Other programs that the organization has worked on to impact the lives of these kids include job training programs, college scholarships, networking, and tutoring programs. Many children in foster care are above the age of 12 which is a critical age group that need guidance as they transition into adulthood. NYFC comes in to help them succeed in their adult life. The government funding is not enough sometimes and so these organizations, NYFC and ACS take that responsibility and step in to help with either financial or moral needs.
The New Yorkers for Children holds a Gala every year. In 2016, it was celebrating its 20th anniversary in support of the New York’s youths in foster care. The ceremony was held at Cipriani 42nd Street and hosted by Steve Pemberton the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Global Chief Diversity Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. Trey Songz, Erica Bearman, Frederic Fekkai, Rose Gilroy, Eniko Mihalik, Alexia and David Leuschen and Luma Grothe were among the A- listers in attendance. Also in attendance were the people who have benefited from the programs developed by NYFC. Presented by Chloe, one of the event’s sponsors, the charity event raised over $1.3 million and honored James B. Milliken. The City University New York Chancellor was recognized for his dedication and leadership in creating opportunities for the youths in need in New York City. Apart from Chloe and CUNY chancellor, James B. Milliken, other sponsors of the event included The Jay and Kelly Foundation, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Tristan Waltz and Grier Eliasek, Frank Marshall, and Sun Capital Partners Foundation among others. Most of the above sponsors chaired the celebration joined by the first Deputy Commissioner Administration for Children Eric Brettschneider and Gladys Carrion. Among the Vice Chairs presented were Beth Rudin DeWoody, Susan Burden and William Goldman, Tony Gilroy and Susan Egbert Gilroy, and Susan and John Hess.