Meet our Fair Futures Heroes!

Fair Futures Heroes

We are honored to acknowledge & celebrate our Fair Futures Heroes!

We are honored to acknowledge and celebrate our
Fair Futures Heroes!

Fair Futures is a true collaboration and community made possible by the many individuals who contributed to its growth and success. This grassroots, youth-led movement started in 2018 and evolved into a coalition of over 100 organizations and the largest cross-sector collaboration in the history of child welfare. Today, there are 500+ Fair Futures staff across 37 organizations implementing the model, which supports over 4,000 young people who have experienced NYC's foster care and/or juvenile justice systems.

Nominate a Fair Futures Hero

Anyone can nominate a Fair Futures Hero!
One hero is chosen each month in the categories below:

Fair Futures Leader

Fair Futures Leader
Fair Futures Partner
Foster Care Coach, Tutor, or Specialist
Juvenile Justice Coach or Specialist

Fair Futures Partner

Foster Care
Coach, Tutor, or Specialist

Juvenile Justice
Coach or Specialist

This Month's Heroes

Fair Futures Leader

Khadijah Austin

Coach Supervisor
Abbott House

Meet Khadijah
Fair Futures Partner

Sarah chiles

Executive Director
Redlich Horwitz Foundation

Meet Sarah
Foster Care
Coach, Tutor, or SPecialist

Sandy Ramsey

Coach
Rising Ground

Meet sandy
Juvenile Justice
Coach or specialist

Ashley McAuley

Coach and Housing Specialist
Martin de Porres
Youth and Family Services

Meet Ashley

Ms. Austin has taken the Fair Futures program at Abbott House to a new level since becoming the Coach Supervisor. Her team works collaboratively and seamlessly with the youth and families and the entire team at Abbott House. She is very supportive and has a wealth of information when it comes to inspiring her staff to better serve their young people and families.

Ms. Austin has also been a leader in the Fair Futures community as a member of the Implementation Committee and a frequent participant on learning communities, workshops, and trainings where she shares her agency's best practices and provides helpful insights/input as to how we can collectively and continuously improve the Fair Futures model and impact.

Ms. Austin is very passionate, committed, and dedicated and goes above and beyond in all that she does!
Even if you only spend a few minutes with Ms. Austin you could only walk away with an impression that she cares deeply for her team and her young people is unmatched and her passion is infectious.

Sarah Chiles has been the Executive Director of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation and is one of the founding leaders and supporters of Fair Futures.  Sarah helped conceive the advocacy strategy behind the Fair Futures movement and coordinated with ACS and the Foster Care Excellence Fund (now the Youth & Families Forward Fund) to launch a public-private partnership that funded the youth-led advocacy campaign and infrastructure needed to develop, codify, and scale the Fair Futures model systemwide.

‍As an active member of the Fair Futures Steering Committee, Advocacy Committee, and Advisory Board, Sarah has been involved in every aspect of Fair Futures since its inception, from coalition-building, advocacy, and communications strategies to advising on implementation and organizational change.  As a funder, Sarah was nimble and responsive to fund urgent priorities; recruit grantees and others to the coalition; engage deeply with government partners; and leverage relationships for elevated responsiveness from public officials.

Sarah's leadership helped secure $4 million in philanthropic investments (and much more in sweat equity), which in turn leveraged over $72 million in public dollars in just those years and $30.7 million going forward in permanent, annual funding to make NYC the first in the nation to provide support to young people who have experienced foster care up to age 26.

Fair Futures would not be where it is today without Sarah's vision, thought partnership, advocacy, strategic advice, expertise, moral support, collaborative leadership, and unwavering commitment and dedication to young people.

Coach Sandy Ramsey from Rising Ground received 9 nominations from her colleagues and young people!

One nominator summed it up:
Sandy is totally dedicated to the young people she coaches. Day or night, near or far, she is always ready and eager to support her youth. Nothing gets in her way and she delivers. There is not a single youth who does not praise her, as they know she has their back and they can depend on her to help them navigate any situation. She is the dependable, caring, and strong parental figure they have lacked or longed for. Sandy embodies all the qualities that make for a “Super Coach.”

Sandy's young people seem to agree! 
They said:

  • I nominated Ms. Ramsey because she is very supportive, caring, and hard working. I love her and she deserves to be rewarded!

  • She has always showed compassion towards my situation and show up when I need her the most.

  • She is a really good Coach - I can talk to her about anything and she really understands me.

  • She helped me at my lowest and was always there when I needed her and always understood my problems and provides me with the help and things I need.

  • This person is my Fair Future Hero because she helped me get to the point where I was able to help myself

Her team is also inspired:

  • Her relentless drive and motivation every day - whether she’s on the job or not - for the youth she serves is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a pleasure working beside her.

  • Sandy embodies the spirit of dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to the growth and well-being of our youth. Ms. Ramsey has demonstrated an exceptional level of passion for her work, going above and beyond to ensure that every young person she works with has the resources, support, and guidance they need to thrive.

  • Ms. Ramsey has shown a remarkable ability to be resourceful, constantly seeking out new opportunities and innovative solutions to empower the youth she works with. Her tireless dedication to taking initiative, seeking out new ways to engage and motivate the young people we serve, and learn new systems to ensure the youth receive all supports available to them has truly set her apart as an exemplary leader in our program.

  • What truly sets her apart is her collaborative approach to her work. She is a natural team player, always looking to work closely with the young people she mentors, as well as with her colleagues and the broader community, to achieve positive outcomes. Her ability to foster a sense of teamwork, empathy, and mutual respect has been a driving force in shaping the lives of the youth she serves.

  • Ms. Ramsey has shown a deep and genuine care for the young people she works with. She has consistently gone the extra mile to ensure that each individual feels valued, supported, and understood. Her ability to connect on a personal level, to listen with empathy and understanding, and to provide guidance and mentorship tailored to the unique needs and strengths of each young person she encounters is truly inspiring and truly makes working with her a joy.

Ashley began her work with Martin de Porres Youth and Family Services August 2020. Since being with the agency, Ashley worked in the role as a Youth Specialist and Care Manager. Ashley currently holds the title of Fair Futures Coach and Housing Specialist. Ashley earned her BA degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ashley shows time and time again her commitment to supporting young people and their families. Ashley also shows this commitment by how she advocates for young people and their families needs internally and externally.

Ashley has truly grown and continues to grow within her role since becoming a part of the Fair Futures Family. Ashley has been a steady presence in trainings and workshops, Learning Communities, and other shared learning spaces, lending her insight to coaches new to the program. Though she prefers not to be the loudest voice in the room, she is certainly one of the most respected and appreciated thanks to her knowledge and her passion. When the Center began exploring housing supports for young people impacted by the justice system, Ashley made use of her “other hat” and tapped into her housing expertise to share ideas and identify gaps.

Ashleys strengths extend well beyond her systems knowledge and her collaboration with her peers, she is a fierce advocate for her young people. Most recently, an alumnae of MDP’sClose to Home program re-engaged with Ashley during a moment of crisis. Ashley worked tirelessly to address his immediate needs and advocated so that he could engage with and have access to Fair Futures support and programming.

Ashley’s colleague, Simone, shared:
“Working with Ashley is such a pleasure. She is very passionate and committed to our youth. I believe we make a great team. The way Ashley advocates for our youth and their families speaks to the person she is and how much she loves what she does.”

Fair Futures Leader

Khadijah Austin

Coach Supervisor
Abbott House

MEET Khadijah

Fair Futures Partner

Sarah Chiles

Executive Director
Redlich Horwitz Foundation

MEET Sarah

Foster Care
Coach, Tutor, or SPecialist

Sandy Ramsey

Coach
Rising Ground

MEET Sandy

Juvenile Justice
Coach or specialist

Ashley McAuley

Coach and Housing Specialist
Martin De Porres Family of Services

MEET Ashley

Ms. Austin has taken the Fair Futures program at Abbott House to a new level since becoming the Coach Supervisor. Her team works collaboratively and seamlessly with the youth and families and the entire team at Abbott House. She is very supportive and has a wealth of information when it comes to inspiring her staff to better serve their young people and families.

Ms. Austin has also been a leader in the Fair Futures community as a member of the Implementation Committee and a frequent participant on learning communities, workshops, and trainings where she shares her agency's best practices and provides helpful insights/input as to how we can collectively and continuously improve the Fair Futures model and impact.

Ms. Austin is very passionate, committed, and dedicated and goes above and beyond in all that she does! Even if you only spend a few minutes with Ms. Austin you could only walk away with an impression that she cares deeply for her team and her young people is unmatched and her passion is infectious.

Sarah Chiles has been the Executive Director of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation and is one of the founding leaders and supporters of Fair Futures.  Sarah helped conceive the advocacy strategy behind the Fair Futures movement and coordinated with ACS and the Foster Care Excellence Fund (now the Youth & Families Forward Fund) to launch a public-private partnership that funded the youth-led advocacy campaign and infrastructure needed to develop, codify, and scale the Fair Futures model systemwide.

‍As an active member of the Fair Futures Steering Committee, Advocacy Committee, and Advisory Board, Sarah has been involved in every aspect of Fair Futures since its inception, from coalition-building, advocacy, and communications strategies to advising on implementation and organizational change.  As a funder, Sarah was nimble and responsive to fund urgent priorities; recruit grantees and others to the coalition; engage deeply with government partners; and leverage relationships for elevated responsiveness from public officials.

Sarah's leadership helped secure $4 million in philanthropic investments (and much more in sweat equity), which in turn leveraged over $72 million in public dollars in just those years and $30.7 million going forward in permanent, annual funding to make NYC the first in the nation to provide support to young people who have experienced foster care up to age 26.

Fair Futures would not be where it is today without Sarah's vision, thought partnership, advocacy, strategic advice, expertise, moral support, collaborative leadership, and unwavering commitment and dedication to young people.

Coach Sandy Ramsey from Rising Ground received 9 nominations from her colleagues and young people!

One nominator summed it up:
Sandy is totally dedicated to the young people she coaches. Day or night, near or far, she is always ready and eager to support her youth. Nothing gets in her way and she delivers. There is not a single youth who does not praise her, as they know she has their back and they can depend on her to help them navigate any situation. She is the dependable, caring, and strong parental figure they have lacked or longed for. Sandy embodies all the qualities that make for a “Super Coach.”

Sandy's young people seem to agree!  They said:

  • I nominated Ms. Ramsey because she is very supportive, caring, and hard working. I love her and she deserves to be rewarded!

  • She is a really good Coach - I can talk to her about anything and she really understands me.

  • She helped me at my lowest and was always there when I needed her and always understood my problems and provides me with the help and things I need.

  • She has always showed compassion towards my situation and show up when I need her the most.

  • This person is my Fair Future Hero because she helped me get to the point where I was able to help myself.

Her team is also inspired by Ms. Ramsey's example:

  • Her relentless drive and motivation every day - whether she’s on the job or not - for the youth she serves is beyond anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a pleasure working beside her.

  • Sandy embodies the spirit of dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to the growth and well-being of our youth. Ms. Ramsey has demonstrated an exceptional level of passion for her work, going above and beyond to ensure that every young person she works with has the resources, support, and guidance they need to thrive.

  • Ms. Ramsey has shown a remarkable ability to be resourceful, constantly seeking out new opportunities and innovative solutions to empower the youth she works with. Her tireless dedication to taking initiative, seeking out new ways to engage and motivate the young people we serve, and learn new systems to ensure the youth receive all supports available to them has truly set her apart as an exemplary leader in our program.

  • What truly sets her apart is her collaborative approach to her work. She is a natural team player, always looking to work closely with the young people she mentors, as well as with her colleagues and the broader community, to achieve positive outcomes. Her ability to foster a sense of teamwork, empathy, and mutual respect has been a driving force in shaping the lives of the youth she serves.

  • Ms. Ramsey has shown a deep and genuine care for the young people she works with. She has consistently gone the extra mile to ensure that each individual feels valued, supported, and understood. Her ability to connect on a personal level, to listen with empathy and understanding, and to provide guidance and mentorship tailored to the unique needs and strengths of each young person she encounters is truly inspiring and truly makes working with her a joy.

Ashley began her work with Martin de Porres Youth and Family Services August 2020. Since being with the agency, Ashley worked in the role as a Youth Specialist and Care Manager. Ashley currently holds the title of Fair Futures Coach and Housing Specialist. Ashley earned her BA degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ashley shows time and time again her commitment to supporting young people and their families. Ashley also shows this commitment by how she advocates for young people and their families needs internally and externally.

Ashley has truly grown and continues to grow within her role since becoming a part of the Fair Futures Family. Ashley has been a steady presence in trainings and workshops, Learning Communities, and other shared learning spaces, lending her insight to coaches new to the program. Though she prefers not to be the loudest voice in the room, she is certainly one of the most respected and appreciated thanks to her knowledge and her passion. When the Center began exploring housing supports for young people impacted by the justice system, Ashley made use of her “other hat” and tapped into her housing expertise to share ideas and identify gaps.

Ashleys strengths extend well beyond her systems knowledge and her collaboration with her peers, she is a fierce advocate for her young people. Most recently, an alumnae of MDP’sClose to Home program re-engaged with Ashley during a moment of crisis. Ashley worked tirelessly to address his immediate needs and advocated so that he could engage with and have access to Fair Futures support and programming.

Ashley’s colleague, Simone, shared:
“Working with Ashley is such a pleasure. She is very passionate and committed to our youth. I believe we make a great team. The way Ashley advocates for our youth and their families speaks to the person she is and how much she loves what she does.”

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Honorees

Fair Futures Leader

Valerie Moore

Director, WAY Program

Children's Village

Celebrated September 2023

Fair Futures Partner

Commissioner Dannhauser

NYC Commissioner

Administration for Children's Services (ACS)

Celebrated September 2023

FOSTER CARE Coach, TUTOR, OR SpECIALIST

Christina Crosby

Coach, Future Focus Program

Good Shepherd Services

Celebrated September 2023

JUVENILE JUSTICE COACH OR SPECIALIST

Stephany Santiago

Coach

Community Mediation Services (CMS)

Celebrated September 2023

Fair Futures Leader

Tiffany Myrick

Program Director, Los Caminos

Hispanic Family Services

Celebrated December 2023

Fair Futures Partner

Jay Fitzpatrick

YAB Member

Center for Fair Futures Intern

Celebrated December 2023

FOSTER CARE Coach, TUTOR, OR SpECIALIST

Tameeka Brandon

Coach, Future Focus Program

Good Shepherd Services

Celebrated December 2023

JUVENILE JUSTICE COACH OR SPECIALIST

Humberto Muñoz 

Coach

Community Mediation Services (CMS)

Celebrated December 2023

Fair Futures Leader

Valerie Moore

Director, WAY Program

Children's Village

Celebrated September 2023

Fair Futures Partner

Commissioner Dannhauser

NYC Commissioner

Administration for Children's Services (ACS)

Celebrated September 2023

FOSTER CARE Coach,
TUTOR, OR SpECIALIST

Christina Crosby

Coach, Future Focus Program

Good Shepherd Services

Celebrated September 2023

Juvenile Justice Coach or SpECIALIST

Stephany Santiago

Coach

Community Mediation Services (CMS)

Celebrated September 2023

Fair Futures Leader

Tiffany Myrick

Program Director, Los Caminos

Hispanic Family Services

Celebrated December 2023

Fair Futures Partner

Jay Fitzpatrick

YAB Member & Intern

Center for Fair Futures

Celebrated December 2023

FOSTER CARE Coach,
TUTOR, OR SpECIALIST

Tameeka Brandon

Coach, Future Focus Program

Good Shepherd Services

Celebrated December 2023

Juvenile Justice Coach OR SpECIALIST

Humberto Muñoz 

Coach

Community Mediation Services (CMS)

Celebrated December 2023

Fair Futures Heroes

We're proud to acknowledge and celebrate our Fair Futures Heroes!

Fair Futures is a true collaboration and community that is made possible thanks to the  passion, hard work, and commitment of the many individuals who contributed to its growth and success.

Nominate a Fair Futures Hero

Anyone can nominate a Fair Futures Hero!