Fresh Start Initiative

The Fresh Start Initiative provides “Fresh Start Kits” containing personal hygiene items to help runaway and homeless youth maintain their dignity in the face of significant challenges.

Local businesses and national retailers have provided donations of non-perishable snacks, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, band-aids and other essential items to be distributed to vulnerable youth who are receiving services through DYCD-funded programs.  A number of civic-minded businesses have contributed to the “Fresh Start Kits”, including:

  • American Hygiene Industries
  • Estee Lauder
  • NIKE
  • Vinnie’s Styles
  • Pathmark

DYCD continues to accept donations for the "Fresh Start Kits" for current and future runaway and homeless youth.

To make a donation or recommend a potential partner, contact DYCD:
Phone:      1-800-246-4646
                   Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 7 PM

E mail:     youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov