The Children’s Defense Fund has been working in New York since 1992 to focus on the intersection between race and poverty as it impacts on our children and youth. That work is more important than ever today. The children and youth in our communities that were already facing severe challenges before COVID are now in nothing less than crisis.
- 2019 census data confirm more than 700,000 children in New York State live in poverty, and half of those in severe poverty
- More than 100,000 children in New York State lack health insurance.
- African Americans comprise approximately 19% of New York’s children and youth, but currently account for nearly one third of New York’s cases of COVID-19-linked Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
- The Raise the Age legislation we helped pass has dramatically reduced the number of New York youth arrested, detained and incarcerated within adult prison populations.
I am writing to you today with hope. Hope that together I know we can make a difference and change the odds for those children and youth in our communities who are most vulnerable.
Hope that the challenges and difficulties today do not, must not and will not define our future or our children’s future.
And finally, hope that you might consider joining us as we fight every single day for New York’s most vulnerable children. Every child, every family, in crisis that we can reach together matters.
Would you be part of our Children in Crisis Fund for New York’s most vulnerable children and youth today?
Gifts of any amount will make a difference.
$10,000 to assist with direct program services that will help us to fight for education reform, youth justice reform and the elimination of childhood lead hazards.
$5,000 to support college readiness and leadership development programs for junior and senior high school students and our college students.
$2,500 to support the purchase of computers and school supplies for our college students.
$1,000 to support cultural awareness and advocacy engagements for youth.
Will you join with other individuals, families and businesses to change the odds for New York’s most vulnerable children today?
Executive Director, CDF New York
If you want to know more about how your gift will make a difference, please reach out to us directly. You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212-697-0186.