Launch of Fair Futures NY
A coalition of over 70 organizations recently launched Fair Futures NY, an effort to secure $50 million in investment from New York City to provide comprehensive supports to every young person in foster care up to age 26. The effort calls for all youth in foster care from middle school and older to be paired with a long-term coach to increase graduation rates, prevent systems involvement, and ensure self-sufficiency in adulthood. The coaching program is modeled after similar approaches at two foster care agencies – Graham Windham and NY Foundling – that have positive results, but are only available to 12 percent of young people in the City. YTFG members Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Redlich Horwitz Foundation are supporting Fair Futures NY.
Foster Care Workgroup member Miguel Ortiz is featured in the video on the coaching model. Miguel also appeared in a TV interview with Brooklyn City Councilman Steven Levin and the President and CEO of Graham Windham, Jess Dannhauser.