Foster Pride: More Than "Just" Art Classes!

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Do you think Foster Pride “just” has art classes? Well, we do—because these popular after-school programs help children learn new skills and build self-esteem — but in addition to that we also offer many scholarship and mentoring opportunities! 

In just the last month…

  • Fifty-plus teens in foster care from all over the city participated in Career Week attending resume writing and networking workshops and getting the chance to go behind-the-scenes at Momentum, the marketing agency behind the Nike and Coachella campaigns; the NYC Department of Law; and ABC-TV where anchor Bill Ritter served as their personal guide.  Teens learned what it’s like to work in these industries, the educational and professional opportunities they should take advantage of and the speakers gave inspiring stories about the personal obstacles they had to overcome to get where they are today.

  • Fashion guru Lyz Olko taught our teens how to cut, embellish, recycle and re-create dozens of cool jeans and jackets donated by Levi’s, in  “Refashion-Fashion” workshops—and this summer they’ll be selling their fabulous creations at the Hester Street Fair!

  • We began plans for two new after school art classes—in the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as a new collaboration with the Studio Museum in Harlem!

That’s not all! On May 15 we will be hosting a fabulous evening of wine, food and music in support of all the great work we do! Click here to RSVP and learn more

Did you know that May is National Foster Care month? Join us as we celebrate making a difference in the lives of youth in foster care by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST NEW IMMIGRATION POLICIES

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More than five million children in the United States have an undocumented parent or family member. Because of their immigration status these families have always been at risk of separation, but expanded immigration enforcement actions under the Trump administration have greatly increased that risk. Here’s what you can do to help keep families together:

  • VOTE!  The best way to make your opinions known is to vote in officials who believe in what you believe in.

  • Immigrants need lawyers—support the ACLU and the NYCLU.

  • Show Up—to vote, demonstrate, volunteer to help.

  • Watch Martin Smith’s PBS Frontline documentary Separated: Children at the Border for a comprehensive overview of the issues.

  • Keep writing, emailing elected officials to let them know that the immigrant issue is important to you. Likewise, keep emailing, writing to your news stations—let them know that that they need to keep stories about immigrants and new immigration policies in the news.