Announcements
Preview Screening of Short Film About Foster Youth
December 3, 2016
Family Rewritten is a short film featuring former Represent writer Camilla Tecsy (see featured story "Living for Myself, Not My Mother"). The film was made by Yasmin Mistry as part of a larger project that includes live-action and animated films about life in foster care. This special preview screening will be held at Halyards (a bar), 406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 at 5 p.m. A panel discussion about care and aging out will be held afterwards. For more on the film project, go here.
College Scholarship for Foster Youth
Application Deadline: December 5, 2016
The 2017 Honorable Judith S. Kaye and Children and the Law Committee Scholarship, valued up to $2,500, will be awarded to three students. To get the scholarship, you must be enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited undergraduate or post-high-school certificate program. The scholarship is open to students who will age out or have aged out of foster care in New York State. You must be younger than 26 and demonstrate a school-related financial need. For more info, go here.
Shovel Snow This Winter
Shovel snow this winter for the New York City Department of Sanitation. You can register weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Snow laborers earn $15 per hour, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year. You must be at least 18 years of age, eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Click here for more info.
Get Trained for a Health Care Job
The Career Pathway Program in Health Care provides a large range of services to get you ready to work and succeed in the health care field. Those include job training, internship placement, tutoring and other academic help, financial literacy workshops, and support services. For more info, click here. For what documents you need to bring, click here.
Hard Hat Jobs: Not Just for the Guys
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) prepares women 18 and older for jobs in construction, utility, and maintenance. You should have a high school diploma or GED and be able to do physical labor for eight hours. These are often union jobs and start at $10 to $17 an hour, with the opportunity to make as much as $45 an hour after completing an apprenticeship. NEW also helps with childcare and helps prepare you to work in a mostly male workforce. For more info, click here.
Youth Can Apply for SSI Before Aging Out
The federal Social Security Administration is now letting foster youth apply for monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits six months before they age out. Youth may be eligible if they have a behavioral health condition, physical disability, and/or cognitive impairment, or if their disability limits their functioning. The other requirement is "very low income," but under this exception, youth can now apply in advance while still receiving foster care money. For more information, go here.
From Aerobics to Zumba: Free Exercise Classes
Shape Up NYC offers a range of free exercise classes to anyone who turns up across the five boroughs. Classes include yoga, pilates, line dancing, body toning, and many others. Their website lets you know where and when all the day's classes are.
More Money Available for Foster Youth in NY Colleges
The Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI) is a new program specifically for foster youth who are either already in college or about to enter college in New York state. FYCSI provides supports and financial assistance to help students achieve academic success and meet college expenses. The 2016-17 New York State budget includes $3 million to continue supporting the students identified last year and support additional students in the 2016-17 academic year. To learn more about how to access these additional resources, visit fysany.org/faq.
Are You Living in Harlem and on Probation?
The Harlem Justice Community Program at Children's Village helps court-involved young people ages 16-24 connect to jobs, education, and their community. HJCB hooks you up with volunteer gigs that improve work readiness at Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, the Allah Education Center, and other organizations. It is a year-long program—six months of direct service and six months of aftercare—and you receive a stipend. To find out more, click here. Besides the number on the flyer, you could also contact Cheyenne Hudson at 212-932-9009 ext. 7129 or Eric Fernandez at ext. 7134.
Share Your Experience to Improve Care
ACS Commissioner Carrión has assembled a team to look at how the foster care system can be improved; the goal is to have foster care operate more like a "home away from home." If you have been in the system, take this short survey. Please share it with your peers who have foster care experience so they can contribute to a better system too. Click here to complete the survey.
Find Out Which Campuses Are LGBTQ-Friendly
Several experts have studied U.S. colleges' gay-friendliness by measuring the following things: inclusion policies, health and counseling services, LGTBQ clubs and organizations, and classes in gender and queer studies. Find out if the college you're thinking of welcomes all its students at their website.
Get a Boost Into College
The City University of New York (CUNY) Start-ASAP pipeline serves students aged 17-21 who are in care and wish to pursue an Associate's degree at a CUNY community college (Medgar Evers, BMCC, Hostos, and seven others). Youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP pipeline are eligible for: (1) help with the CUNY Admissions and financial aid process; (2) CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance and other financial supports; (3) weekly MetroCards; and (4) paid, on-campus internships at $10/hour for up to 15 hours a week. For more information, click here.
Scholarship Search Engine
Search for scholarship opportunities on categories including school, difficulty in getting, ethnicity, and others. GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and is free. To start hunting down money for college, click here.
Mentoring for Youth Aging Out
The Children's Village, Pinkerton Mentoring Program is an 11-month mentoring program in the Bronx. Young adults ages 17-22 who are transitioning out of foster care can get a stipend; connections to jobs, educational, vocational, and volunteering activities; hot meals and transportation; and more. Click here.
Let Job Corps Help You Get Employed
Job Corps is a federal program that helps 60,000 people ages 16-24 a year get trained for jobs. To hear foster youth and former foster youth talk about how Job Corps has helped them, click here. For more about Job Corps, go to their website, which includes an application or call or call 800-733-JOBS [5627].
Get Job Training, Certification, GED Help, and More
Henkels+McCoy helps young people (17- 24 years old) who are neither working nor in school to pursue careers and educational goals. We offer short term training and certifications in OSHA, Work Readiness, LEED, Customer Service, Computer Hardware, as well as paid internships, ongoing job/educational placement, and general support services. Locations in the Bronx and Queens; new training cycles start up every month. Click here for more information.
Help Advocates Decide Which LGBTQ Issues to Focus On
What's Your Issue is a project that aims to support LGBTQ youth organizing and to push for local and national policy change to improve those youths' lives. The group is administering a survey to find out what matters most to you so that organizers can use it in their schools and communities. The group will share the anonymous results of the survey on www.whatsyourissue.org and with organizers, policy-makers, and funders. Click here to take the survey.
Find Opportunities and Services in Your Neighborhood
New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development has a new website that lets you search for Afterschool Programs, Jobs and Internships, Immigrant Services and more, all arranged by program type, borough, or neighborhood. Click here to find what you need.
Find Help for Substance Abuse
Mentalhelp.net has gathered thousands of inpatient treatment facilities across New York state into an easy-to-use website. You can search by zip code for facilities or talk to a treatment advisor to help you navigate the process. You can also find the nearest Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous group near you. If you or someone you care about has an addiction problem, click here.
You Are Probably Eligible for Financial and Academic Help: SEEK and CD
SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is the higher education opportunity program at the four-year CUNY colleges. It was established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college due to their educational and financial circumstances. SEEK and College Discovery (for two-year programs) both provide significant financial and academic support. In most cases, tuition is free. NOTE: Students must fill out Section 4 of the application to be admitted to SEEK (or the Honors program). Both are labeled "optional" on the form, so many students skip over them and lose the opportunity to be considered. For more info, click here.
Get Trained for Jobs in Woodworking, Cable Installation,
Commercial Driving and More

Brooklyn Workforce Industry trains you and gives you certifications for a range of careers. No previous experience is necessary, but you must be ready to train and work full-time. All BWI programs are free of charge. Click here for more info.
Huge Resource List
Next Move gathers together hundreds of resources organized into categories like Healthcare & Counseling, Housing & Foster Care, Jobs, Undocumented Support and more. The website is easy to navigate and is for youth ages 16-24 who are not in school or working. Click here to find what you need!
Jump-Start Your College Education
The Harlem Clemente School for the Humanities provides free, accredited college courses in the humanities to people over 18 who don't have much money and come from adverse circumstances. The Clemente Course provides a rigorous education in literature, philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing. The eight-month course is held in Harlem. The Clemente School offers free books, cultural outings, childcare, and more to a few motivated people who haven't been to college yet. To find out more and to apply, click here.
Get Your New York City ID Now
IDNYC is the new, free, government-issued identification card for all New York City residents. You do need to show some proof of residency, but if you're homeless or a domestic violence survivor, a nonprofit can be your address. The card also comes with free one-year membership at many museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens. To find out more, click here.
Pathways to Graduation
Pathways to Graduation (formerly GED Plus) is a high school equivalency program open to students turning 18 - 21 this school year. Students can study at one of dozens of sites across the city, in both schools and other sites such as hospitals and community organizations. Many of our sites have paid internships. Pathways to Graduation students will also have access to our College and Career Resource Centers. College and Career Coaches will help students plan for their futures after graduation. Coaches follow up with graduated students to ensure they enroll in college or find meaningful work. Referral Centers for High School Alternatives are located in every borough to help high school aged students navigate their educational options. We assist students who have recently arrived to NYC, who want to recommit to school, or who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma (formerly GED). Find more information about our program, locations, and contact information here.
Emergency Financial Help for College Students Who Were in Care
The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund is set up to help youth formerly in care in New York City, ages 21-25, to stay in college when they hit an obstacle. The Fund provides one-time emergency financial assistance to full/part time college students who are faced with an unexpected financial emergency that would prevent them from continuing their education. The Fund is not for routine expenses but for real emergencies. Click on this link for the application.

For more info, go to www.newyorkersforchildren.org, or contact Phyllis Brodsky, Office for Child and Youth Initiatives, at (212) 341-3318 or Phyllis.Brodsky@acs.nyc.gov.
Free Books!
ACS and nonprofit First Book are teaming up to get free and deeply discounted books into the hands of foster children and other low-income New York City kids ages 0-18. If you work for a program where most of the youth are low-income, you just have to sign up and then you will be alerted when books become available. Click here for more info.
Parent-Child Therapy Resource Guide
This is a great new resource for parents of babies and toddlers who have an ACS case or who are trying to avoid that happening. This guide lists all the places in New York City where parents and their children play together with the support of a therapist. This type of therapy helps the parent understand the baby more and also provides much-needed support to stressed-out caregivers. The guide also includes personal stories by people who've done the therapy. See more info.
Hundreds of Programs to Help You With College
NYC College Line is a new website that organizes almost 400 programs for getting into and staying in college. It's for all New York City students, but you can search for programs that help foster youth and other categories by using the site's filter system. Click on http://nyccollegeline.org/ and then choose a borough or "All NYC." The gray column on the left titled FILTERS gives you many ways to search. For example, scroll down to "Audiences," click the blue "Show more" and "Youths in foster care" comes up. You can check that, along with any other category that fits you, like "GED Students" or "Students with disabilities" and all the relevant programs appear. You can also Ask an Advisor if you can't find what you're looking for. See more info.
FAFSA 101
This 32-page booklet answers most of the questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and has just been updated! The FAFSA is how colleges and the government decide how much financial aid you can get, so it's an important first step in preparing for college. This easy-to-read guide breaks it down and gives helpful phone numbers and links along the way. See more info.
Help Navigating Health Insurance
The NYC Health Insurance Link website helps New Yorkers learn how to get the health coverage and care they need. Find out about Medicaid, Child Health Plus (CHP), the Affordable Care Act, and more. See more info.
Teens in NYC Clinic Guide Is Now an App
The NYC Health Department's Teens in NYC clinic guide, providing teens with sexual and reproductive health information, is now available as a free app for Apple and Android phones. Search clinics by location, service, or method of birth control. The Teens in NYC clinic guide is also available in print (call 311 for free copies), and has just been updated to include 70 clinics. You can also get it online (search for NYC Teen at nyc.gov), and via the Teens in NYC Facebook page.
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Free Legal Help
The Door's Legal Services Center is offering free legal consultations on criminal law issues. Is there a warrant out for your arrest? Trying to reach your public defender? Need to get your rap sheet? The lawyers at The Door can provide free and confidential help. To make an appointment, contact Sara at (212) 941-9090 x3280 or srosales@door.org. Located at 555 Broome Street in Manhattan, The Door is a youth services center for people ages 12-21.
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More Free Legal Help
Youth Represent will help you if you are age 24 or under, low-income, and have a case pending in Criminal Court or Family Court, or if you have another legal problem related to an arrest or conviction.

In addition to criminal defense, Youth Represent helps youth who are facing legal problems because of an arrest or criminal conviction, including problems with employment and employment licensing education, including school suspension hearings and higher education issues; housing eviction or benefits; getting a Certificate of Relief; understanding your criminal record; and more. See more info.
LGBTQ Public School Students: Know Your Legal Rights
Advocates for Children has published a 24-page booklet covering issues facing LGBTQ teens. The booklet spells out your rights and specific steps to take if you are harassed at school, if you need to switch schools, if you become homeless and more. The booklet provides many resources, including gay-friendly shelters, health clinics, and legal clinics. See more info.
Job Training and Internships
Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau is teaming up with employers in the fields of aviation, health care, custodial services, culinary logistics, IT, and customer service to provide training and internships for foster youth aging out of care (ages 18-25). Find out more about this program, Youth Employment Services (YES) here.
Don't Get Ripped Off by a For-Profit College or Vocational School
Most for-profit, or proprietary, colleges and some vocational schools take your money and do not deliver the credentials or jobs they promise. The city has put out a website full of helpful tips about how to research schools to find out if they are scams or legit. Links include the College Navigator, where you can check if a college is for-profit, and an alphabetical list of licensed trade schools. See more info.
Paid Internships in Mercer County, New Jersey
To Work program offers foster children ages 16-22 who are aging out or who have already aged out an opportunity to attend job training seminars and networking events, to obtain hands-on job experience, and to receive skills training through internships. Each participant gets to select the industries they want to work in, and One Simple Wish will place them there for two weeks each. After completing four two-week internships (10 hours per week), the participant will receive $1,000. One Simple Wish also covers most travel expenses. See more info.
Find a Sponsor
The LifeSet Network matches foster youth or adults who've aged out with donors who want to give gifts, job opportunities, help accessing resources, and encouragement. See more info.
Get Fit, Find a Job, Get College Help
Boys up to age 21 can gain coaching and lifeguarding experience, get tutoring, get a job at partner companies, and work out with a fitness trainer at Boys Club of New York. There is also a social worker onsite. The three BCNY locations are: East Harlem (321 E. 111th St., btwn 1st and 2nd Aves); Lower East Side (287 E. 10th St, btwn 1st Ave and Ave A); and Flushing, Queens (144-01 41st Rd., off Main St). For more information, visit www.bcny.org or contact Atavia Whitfield at atavia.whitfield@bcny.org
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Mentoring Program for Mothers Aged 16-23
A Young Mother's DREAM is a new program in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, that helps young moms, ages 16-23, stick with school through a one-on-one mentorship program. The mentors also had babies when they were young and went on to complete their educations. The mentors and mentees meet at least once a month and attend workshops. See more info.
For Staff
Planned Parenthood Training
December 2016
Planned Parenthood has released its training schedule for the second half of the year. These classes help adults who work with youth stay on top of issues of sexuality and reproductive health. Class topics include Trans Awareness, Public Insurance, Reproductive Health, and Emotional Intelligence in Sexuality Education. Click here for the full schedule and info.
Healthy Relationship Workshops
Sign up now for workshops on the topics of dating violence and healthy relationships for adolescents, young adults and parents. Each workshop is facilitated by two trained peer educators and consists of highly interactive activities designed to encourage discussion and critical thinking about the challenging topic of relationships. The Healthy Relationship Training Academy also offers training for staff members of organizations who work with adolescents and young adults on the topic of dating violence. Click here for more info.
Better Serve Your Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients
Safe & Respected is a Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Best Practices Guide for child welfare and juvenile justice practitioners. It includes strategies for success and resources that will help staff meet the specific needs of TGNC children and young people. Specifically, the guide features an overview of the barriers that TGNC children and young people face in foster care and juvenile detention, a glossary of terms, an overview of affirming resources, policies, and best practices for staff to help affirm and support TGNC children and young people. See more info.
Use Your Website to Let Former Foster Youth Know About
Expanded Health Coverage

The American Academy of Pediatrics is sharing computer code that you can easily paste into your own website's source code to alert former foster youth or youth about expanded health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare entitles youth aging out of care to Medicaid until they turn 26. This is a foster-care-friendly extension of the bill that allows parents to keep children on their insurance until age 26. See more info.
Guide for Running a Workshop on Getting Sexual Health Services
This guide developed by the NYC Department of Health provides step-by-step instruction on conducting a 45-minute workshop to teach teens (aged 13-19) how to access sexual health services - where to go, what to get, and what to expect when visiting a clinic. The workshop features an interactive role-play and discussion questions. To receive a free electronic copy of the workshop facilitation guide, email TeensinNYC@health.nyc.gov with your name, title, agency, and the number of youth aged 13-19 who are served by your program. See more info.