TELL MAYOR DE BLASIO AND THE CITY COUNCIL TO INVEST IN ONE-ON-ONE COACHING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN FOSTER CARE SO THEY CAN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND LIFE
Fair Futures: The Fair Futures coalition is made up of more than 100 child welfare agencies, non-profits, foundations, advocates and young people working to ensure we fulfill our promise to New York City’s foster youth. We are calling on the Mayor and City Council to make NYC the first in the nation to provide comprehensive support to foster youth from middle school to age 26 through long-term coaching and robust academic, career and independent living supports.
The Ask: Fair Futures, is calling on the Mayor and City Council to make an annual investment of $50 million beginning in the FY 2020 budget for long-term coaching and academic supports for foster youth from middle school through age 26, based on a proven “coaching model.”
Coaches serve the role of an “educational parent” who helps ensure foster youth are connected to educational resources early on, like quality academic tutors in middle and high school and specialists to help them navigate the college application process, and then offer the basic life guidance and emotional support most young people turn to parents and family for in their early 20’s.
Why It Matters: Foster youth who age out at 21 are at increased risk of homelessness, incarceration and early parenthood -- all of which drain taxpayer dollars.
Providing foster youth access to long-term coaching and robust academic, career development, and independent living supports is a proven strategy for increasing graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment, preventing system involvement, and helping youth get on a pathway to becoming self-sufficient, successful adults.
To learn more about Fair Futures and our proposal to the Mayor and City Council, watch this video: