A Case Study:
The NYC Fair Futures Story

In NYC, there are nearly 3,000 young people in foster care ages 11-21.

Through Fair Futures, NYC became the first in the nation to secure and baseline public funding for a long-term, comprehensive model for youth in foster care.

 Fair Futures' youth-led advocacy campaign was successful in securing $10 million in FY20, $12 million in FY21, and $20 million in FY22 for all 26 foster care agencies to implement the model. Fair Futures currently reaches nearly all young people in foster care, ages 11-20. 

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 7+ 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.

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