BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN NEW YORK
EVENT DATE: Nov 21, 2015
The fifth annual Bowl-A-Thon, presented by Friends NY and their Young Professionals Board, will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2:30 to 5pm at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. To make this year's event a success, I am asking for donations of $75 to support our Achievers. However, any contribution you can make is a huge difference! Join us for an afternoon of bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf and bocce in support of generational change, one child at a time. Become a part of that story right now!
In a nutshell, FOTC is an early intervention, long-term support system for the most at-risk youth in the city. The program aims to break the vicious cycle of generational poverty by accomplishing the three statutes of its mission for the Achievers: successfully graduating high school, delaying parenting until adulthood, and avoiding the juvenile justice system. FOTC currently mentors and tutors 151 young children (“Achievers”) with the most need from kindergarten through college.
For example, of the Achievers we currently serve,
- 98% receive free or reduced lunch,
- 84% live in single parent households
- 58% are the children of teen mothers
- 48% had no caregiver employed in the last year, and
- 45% have a parent who is or has been incarcerated.
As you will see below, the results have been dramatic and the donations support these ongoing services and the friends who support, mentor, and teach the children (“Friends”).
Results of What We Do
- 98% of our high school Achievers remained in school compared to the 24% drop-out rate for the population we serve.
- 76% (25 of 33) of our Achievers who took a high school Regents exam passed, including 100% (6 of 6) passing their English Language Exam. This passing rate far exceeds the city average, which remains below 50%.
- A young lady who has been with the program for 10 years has graduated from high school this past June as the salutatorian of her class.
- Only two of our Achievers have been involved with the juvenile justice system compared to a projection of nine - a 78% improved outcome.
The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon estimate that helping one child live out a new story can save the United States around $900,000.00. And each dollar invested in a child returns $7! Millions of children need to hear a more hopeful story.