Through ACS college assistance programs, the City helps foster children with planning for college and career. Young adults ages 14 to 25 receive help with finding the right college, the admissions process, financial aid package preparation, and support to help them graduate and make connections to career opportunities. Learn more
Resources for Youth
YouthSuccessNYC.org is the one-stop place for information, inspiration and real resources to help teens transitioning from care get ready life now and after foster care. Read teen-written stories, and get legal and educational information and links to programs and services.
Get Your ID
Having an ID is one of the keys to success. Learn how to apply for a birth certificate, Social Security card, and non-driver State ID. Go to www.nyc.gov/GetYourID .
Resource Directory of Youth Workforce Development Services in New York City
The Administration for Children’s Services, FEGS, and New York City Education and Training Coalition (NYCETC) have collaborated on a project: Building Bridges: Connecting the Foster Care and Workforce Communities to Support Positive Outcome for Youth. Enclosed is a list of youth servicing agencies in your community and what services and programs they provide.
Teens in foster care - Youth Financial Empowerment (YFE) is a great way to learn about the power of saving to get the things you want out of life! YFE educates and empowers young people transitioning out of foster care to maximize their resources and build assets for future success. YFE teaches essential financial literacy skills and also provides matching funds to your contributions. If you are between 16-21, and save up to $1,000 you will receive matching funds of up to $2,000 to open an Individual Development Accounts (IDA). Use the money to rent an apartment, buy furniture, pay for college or take an educational trip. Download the brochure (PDF)
Bridges to Health – B2H
Do you or your family need advocacy and support, day habilitation, supported employment or other community based services? Bridges to Health (B2H) provides these services and more to young people in foster care and their families including birth, foster and adoptive parents and siblings. B2H consists of three waivers: B2H for children with Serious Emotional Disturbances, B2H for children with Developmental Disabilities, and B2H for Medically Fragile children—designed to provide community-based health care services and supports to children in foster care or community services supervision. Download the brochure (PDF)
ACS Plan for Preparing Youth for Adulthood
More than half the children living in foster care in New York City are over the age of 12. Preparing Youth for Adulthood seeks to coordinate and strengthen the efforts of ACS and our provider agencies to create positive outcomes for all NYC youth and those transitioning from foster care. Read the Plan
The Youth Workforce Toolkit: A Standard Employer Guide to Support Young Adults in the Workplace
Employers Learn concrete steps to successfully recruit and train youth for employment including:
State and federal guidelines for employing minors
Strategies to involve youths in career planning
Information on partnerships between employers and community-based organizations that support youth as they progress through internships, training and/or various careers
A youth career development model that helps young workers to succeed within your company
Youths Get valuable information on preparing for employment and internships including:
What employers look for in a good employee
Legal age of employment, work guidelines work conditions that youth and young adults are eligible to work, how to get working papers
Getting job training vouchers such as Individual Training Grants (ITG)
Supports and resources: i.e. GED classes, employment and training programs, educational assistance courses, school to work apprenticeship programs, Workforce Career Centers throughout New York City, free and low cost health insurance
Salary earned by youths across the country for entry level positions