Success Stories

 

Over 25 years of Impact

Foster Pride was named “One of NYC’s Four Best Charities” by CBS.com and has been featured on NBC’s Today show, NY1, Weekend Today in New York, In Style, and The Observer, among others.  On her national talk show, Katie Couric singled out Foster Pride as “An organization making a difference in the lives of foster children.” But perhaps our best accolades come from the children themselves. “I have my good life and my bad life,” David, 17, told his teacher. “I want my good life to win.”

 

MASSAMA’S STORY

Massama, 19, is a refuge from Mali who arrived in the United States alone four years ago.  Massama participated in “Career Week,” an event which exposes youth to what it is like to work in different industries, as well as the educational and professional opportunities they should take advantage of to get there and he attended every single session-- visiting a fashion company, a construction site, a restaurant, and a bicycle repair shop. When we asked him what kind of job he would like, Massama’s answer was simple, “One that leads to a good future.”

Foster Pride was able to secure an internship for Massama at the NYC Department of Law where he’s honing his language and administrative skills and participating in group discussions about cases. His bosses admire Massama’s drive, ability and enthusiasm and Massama loves learning and working there. And whether he ends up with a career as an admin, a paralegal, a lawyer, or in some other entirely different profession, we feel confident, as does Massama, that he is on his way to becoming a proud, confident, tax-paying member of his community, one who has a job “That leads to a good future.”

“Using the arts as a launching pad, Foster Pride helps children and teens in their programs develop the skills they need to succeed.”

— New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer