NY: Empowering futures with an initiative for foster youth (Includes video)
Scripps News – January 04, 2024
A diploma helped open a path forward to Sanji Afruz. It’s a symbol of the obstacles she’s already cleared. Afruz was once in the foster care system. Right now, there are more than 6,000 children in foster care in New York City. Nationwide, there are nearly 400,000. According to the U.S. Department of Education, children in foster care are at high risk of dropping out of school and are unlikely to attend or graduate from college. New York offers a statewide scholarship. New York City took it a step further with housing and a $60 per day stipend for students enrolled in school.