Programs for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Posted in: Funded Initiatives, News, Youth, Families, and Communities

Posted on October 10, 2017

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., awarded $3,750,000 to enhance and expand innovative programs for youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system.

Those who age out of foster care without a permanent family arrangement are at significantly elevated risk of criminal justice system involvement and other negative life outcomes. Recognizing that investments in remedial education and pathways to employment best equip this population to transition out of care, District Attorney Vance awarded three-year grants to the following two organizations, which are expected to serve approximately 500 young New Yorkers, ages 16- to 24-years-old, who are about to transition, or have recently transitioned, from foster care each year:

  • The Door 
    • Award: $1,875,000
    • Services and Programming: Academic and career services; work readiness and occupational skills training, including career advancement coaches and job placement specialists; individualized case management; housing placement.
  • Graham Windham
    • Award: $1,875,000
    • Services and Programming: Individualized case management; permanency and family-finding services; peer support groups and mentoring; mental health treatment; targeted employment and educational support; housing placement.

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