All young people can benefit from coaching, particularly those who have been system-involved or who may not have an adult figure in their lives to help them on their academic and career journey. Coaches provide long-term emotional support and 1:1 assistance with their life goals.
The Fair Futures coaching model is fully codified/packaged and comes with robust training, technical assistance, easy-to-use tools/frameworks, and an online platform to track progress.
These supports can be tailored based on the youth population and geography; we would help you involve local experts and young people in this process.
Replication Support Package
Based on your organization’s specific needs and budget, we can help you create a customized, tailored implementation and support package that would include:
Includes the core Fair Futures coaching training and a series of academic, career, and housing trainings that would involve local experts and be tailored to the youth population and geography.
Includes 1:1, personalized technical assistance as well as small group supports, specialized workshops, organization-wide trainings, and learning communities.
Guides & Materials
Professionally designed and easy-to-read materials, including the Goals & Steps coaching framework that allows Coaches to track goals and progress, based on the young person’s situation.
Let us help you determine how coaching can fit into your local landscape.
Track youth progress using the Goals & Steps framework.
The platform can also create automated reports and house all codified materials.
Fair Futures has partnered with One Degree to provide a one-stop shop to find local educational and workforce/career development programs.
A grassroots movement was ignited...In 2016, the Interagency Foster Care Task Force was created by the NYC Council, who charged the Task Force with issuing recommendations to improve services and outcomes for youth in foster care. The Administration for Children’s Services led this Task Force and released a set of Recommendations in 2018.
This created a “moment in time” and a platform to advocate for public funding for the 1:1 supports that young people need and were asking for:
The Foster Care Excellence Fund funded a landscape assessment of best practice and evidence-based programs nationally and in NYC to identify/develop the model. Over the next 1.5 years, the Fair Futures model was fully developed and codified by a group of experts in child welfare, education, workforce development, and youth development
In 2019, an advocacy campaign was launched:
Just three months after the advocacy campaign was launched, it was successful in securing $10 million in City funding for all 26 foster care agencies in NYC. In Year 2, $12 million was secured.
A group of eight foundations, called the Foster Care Excellence Fund foundations, created a robust public-private partnership with the Administration for Children's Services to ensure quality implementation of the model system-wide.
The foundations funded the infrastructure needed to scale the model, including:
In the first year of Fair Futures implementation, all 26 foster care agencies implemented the model.
Over 350 staff were hired and received 7.5+ days of training. These staff in turn provided nearly 3,000 young people in foster care with 1:1 coaching, tutoring, and an array of individualized academic, career development, and housing supports.
Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, by the end of the first year, nearly 99% of young people engaged with their Fair Futures Coach and nearly all are working on academic/career goals.
The Benefits of Adopting Fair Futures
Developed a training for a national organization, Friends of the Children, on how to coach high school students with their goals.
Delivered a full set of trainings and learning supports to The Door, a NYC-based non-profit organization that provides workforce development programs and wraparound services to over 1,000 youth each year.
Developed tailored supports and training for CASA NYC Volunteer Advocates who want to learn how to infuse a coaching approach into their work with older youth in foster care.
Currently exploring the launch of a coaching center for young people who are disconnected from school/work or system-involved in upstate New York.