The Fair Futures Model
In a Nutshell

Fair Futures is an advocacy movement and a comprehensive model, led by and centered around young people.

Fair Futures is a youth-led advocacy movement and coalition of 100+ organizations and foundations advocating for all young people in New York City’s foster care system to have access to the long-term, comprehensive supports they need to achieve their potential.

Fair Futures is also a comprehensive model that helps young people in foster care reach their potential by providing individualized supports from 6th grade through age 26.  The model includes a robust middle school program that prepares students for success in high school and a coaching program starts in the 9th grade that includes professional coaching and 1:1 tutoring to help young people achieve their academic, career development, and life goals. 

The Fair Futures model was developed and codified through a 1.5-year research project that included the expertise of New York City’s leadership in child welfare and youth development. The model is based on evidence-based programs nationally and best practice programs at NYC foster care agencies that have achieved strong outcomes for young people at scale over the last eight years.  The model also infuses best practices at critical junctures derived from other educational and workforce development organizations.

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The Fair Futures model helps young people:

Prepare for and graduate from high school

Connect to and persist in post-secondary settings

Engage in career development experiences in line with their interests and navigate a career pathway

Build trusting relationships and a network of positive adult and peer supports

Access and maintain stable housing and gain life skills

Build trusting relationships and a network of positive adult and peer supports

Access and maintain stable housing
and gain life skills

While the model currently serves NYC foster youth, hundreds of young people have achieved strong outcomes through coaching! 

While the model currently serves NYC foster youth, thousands of young people have achieved strong outcomes through coaching! 

Fair Futures Coaches:

Are full-time, highly trained professionals that receive ongoing support/technical assistance 


Build trusting relationships with the young people they support, and the key adults in their lives 

Believe in the young person’s potential and let them lead


Provide emotional support on a weekly basis

Help young people  develop academic, career, and life goals and taking steps toward those goals


Expose youth to opportunities and help them explore both academic and career pathways

Connect youth to schools, programs, and opportunities in line with their interests


Help young people persist in academic and career opportunities

Celebrate their success at every juncture! 

The Benefits of Fair Futures

Proven Approach

The Fair Futures model is based on evidence-based national programs and existing NYC-based programs that have achieved strong results at scale over the last several years.

Youth-Centered

Coaching allows young people to achieve THEIR goals!

Make it Yours

Tailored to your geography and target population, organizations are encouraged to build a program identity beyond Fair Futures and create their own name, brand, and success stories