Meet our Fair Futures Heroes!

A Case Study:
The NYC Fair Futures Story

In NYC, there are over 6,000 young people in foster care ages 11-26 who have experienced foster care.

Through Fair Futures, NYC became the first in the nation to secure and baseline public funding for young people in foster care through age 26!

Fair Futures' youth-led advocacy campaign was successful in securing $10 million in City funding in FY20, $12 million in FY21, $20 million in FY22; and $30.7 million in FY23 for all 26 foster care agencies to implement the Fair Futures model.

In FY23, the NYC Mayoral Administration fully baselined Fair Futures funding and expanded funding eligibility to age 26.  Public funding was also secured to provide young people in NYC’s juvenile justice system with Fair Futures individualized supports.

Read about youth-led advocacy in NYC - and see the FAQs below.

Before Fair Futures, ~50% of young people repeated the 9th grade, and by age 21 nearly 40% become disconnected.  Of the ~600 young people who age out of foster care at age 21, ~80% did not have their high school degree.  Within three years of aging out, and 1 in 5 will enter a homeless shelter.  

However, these young people are incredibly resilient. Providing them with long-term, 1:1 coaching is a proven strategy for increasing graduation rates and post-secondary enrollment, preventing system involvement, and helping youth get on a pathway to becoming successful adults. At two NY foster care agencies that have already implemented Fair Futures at scale for the last 9+ years, over 90% of participants achieve a high school diploma or equivalency by age 21, and nearly all enroll in the workforce or a post-secondary setting by age 26.  Very few become homeless or justice-involved as Coaches take all measures to ensure youth transition to stable housing and avoid system involvement.

Fair Futures FAQs

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