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Helping Foster Care Youth Succeed

April 20, 2017

Time:3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This dynamic session will explore the specific challenges faced by youth aging out of foster care and the skills, services, and supports they need to ensure a successful transition out of care. The panel will feature a conversation with youth speakers, service providers, city officials, and funders.


  • Hear directly from current and former foster youth about the challenges they face and the supports they need to successfully transition out of care. Topics covered will include: permanency and long-term support networks; success in college, careers, and other post-secondary pathways; housing access; mental health supports; and building social/emotional and life skills.
  • Help funders understand how philanthropy can effectively support youth and organizations in this work, as well as work with partners to advance systemic change.
  • Catalyze the development of a body of successful evidence-based practices to encourage systemic change, policy reform, and the creation of robust pathways at the city level.


  1. Introduction/Overview: Natasha Lifton, New York Community Trust
  2. Presentations and Discussion with Youth and Community Based Organizations: Moderator – Katie Napolitano, Tiger Foundation

Speakers Include:

  • Graham Windham – Sharmeela Mediratta (Vice President): Providing a continuum of comprehensive academic and post-secondary services and long-term adult and peer supports
  • HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services – Dawn Saffayeh (Executive Director): Supportive housing and promoting academic success in high school/college/post-secondary pathways
  • Youth Communication – Virginia Vitzthum (Program Manager and Editor of Represent magazine): Cognitive and social/emotional skills gained through writing and youth-led advocacy, and effective approaches specific to gender and sexual orientation of youth
  • Children’s Aid Society – Jessica Maxwell (Fostering Youth Success Alliance Director): Policy advocacy around the creation of a college success program for foster youth
  • Administration for Children’s Services – Julie Farber (Deputy Commissioner): System perspectives and policies, permanency work, and creating pathways to success
  • Recommendations for Funders & Closing:
    Toya Williford, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and Samantha Ender, JP Morgan Private Bank

Please RSVP to by February 10, 2017


April 20, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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