Case Studies

Case Study: Fair Futures

Fair Futures wanted to:

Raise public funding to provide coaches for youth in and aging out of foster care

Challenges Fair Futures faced

They needed to create a broad coalition of champions and develop a multifaceted advocacy campaign to secure funds from New York City. The funding would allow for a highly successful model involving coaching and tutoring to be expanded to all young people in and aging out of foster care up to age 26. To fully implement the model, Fair Futures needs a $50 million annual investment.

Capalino Assisted with

What we got done

Capalino helped build a coalition of over 100 nonprofits, child welfare agencies, foundations, advocates and young people to raise the profile of Fair Futures. The coalition met with dozens of elected and appointed officials, held rallies, testified at hearings and elevated the voices of young people in care. To date, Fair Futures secured has $22 million over two years to begin implementing the model, and its champions in government have called for a ramp-up to the full $50 million. This investment would make New York the first in the nation to offer long-term, wraparound support for foster youth from middle school until the age of 26.

Testimonial

Long-term support provides the necessary transformative support that foster care youth need to successfully transition into adulthood. My proudest achievement is helping the Fair Futures Campaign obtain $22 million dollars from the City to provide coaching and tutoring to young people in and aging out of foster care. –Jeanne Mullgrav, Group Leader, Capalino

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