Face the Facts

The need for innovative approaches for helping kids in New York City has never been greater.


  • Of the 1,863,210 children living in New York City, 27%, or 505,098 children are living in poverty (cdfny.org).
  • 1 in 5 kids in New York City relies on soup kitchen and food pantries for their meals (foodbanknyc.org).
  • As of May 2011, the New York City government subsidizes care for 98,000 children (nytimes.com).
  • Child fatality rate is more than 2 times as high in NYC’s neighborhoods with low socio-economic status than those with high SES (nyc.gov).
  • There are 14, 658 children under foster care in New York City, and as of February 2011, 38% of these children have been under the city’s custody for more than 3 years (nyc.gov, childrensrights.org).
  • Each night, more than 16,000 children experience homelessness in New York City.  (coalitionforthehomeless.org)
  • In 2008, New York spent 10 times as much to incarcerate a child in juvenile detention centers than to education a child in a public school (cdfny.org).
  • After school, from 3 to 6 PM is the peak time for teens to commit crimes, be victims of crime, be in or cause a car crash, and smoke, drink or use drugs (fightcrime.org).
  • Six years after participating in a four year after school program for students on welfare, boys left out averaged six times more criminal convictions, while girls and boys who participated were nearly four times less likely to be without a high school degree (fightcrime.org).
  • 80 percent of children and teens who participated in New York City’s after-school Beacon programs said that the program helped them avoid drugs and 74 percent said that the program helped them avoid fighting (fightcrime.org).
  • Eight out of ten principals in The After-School Corporation (TASC) schools reported that parents had more positive feelings about the school because their after-school programs provided a safe place for their children (fightcrime.org).
The Catalog for Giving and our Member Organizations are transforming the lives of the many disadvantaged youth in NYC by providing a daily fork in the road for kids where real change can be accomplished.  

Other Sources

Food Bank NYC
NYC Children's Services Statistics and Links
Children's Rights: Foster Care in New York City
NYC Research Report on The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime
New York Times: A Real, Unnecessary Crisis for Families