Here's what some of our recipients are saying about us.
Teatown Lake Reservation - No Child Left Behind
Teatown Lake Reservation is so grateful to Hope for Youth Foundation for the years of support you have given to our No Child Left Inside (NCLI) program. You have made it possible for thousands of students from lower income communities in the Hudson Valley to take field trips to Teatown where they spend time outdoors, immersed in nature, to learn about science and ecology. Teachers often tell us how much these trips mean to their students, most of whom would not be able to experience Teatown without the NCLI program. A huge thanks again to you for all that you do! Best, Kevin
BLUE PATH SERVICE DOGS…LIFE CHANGING AUTISM SERVICE DOGS FOR CHILDREN
BluePath Service Dogs is incredibly grateful for the support of the Hope for Youth Foundation. With your help, we have been able to grow our program so that we can provide more life-changing autism service dogs to families and their children affected by autism. Our dogs keep children with autism safe, while offering companionship and the opportunity for independence as they mature. Families can once again travel together and attend community events with the confidence that their child with autism will be safe. The support of Hope For Youth Foundation has given our families new hope for their child's future. A huge thanks again to you for all that you do! Regards, Jody
CAREERS SUPPORT SOLUTIONS SCHOOL TO WORK TRANSITION
Since 2005, The HOPE for Youth Foundation has provided vital funding to CAREERS Support Solutions School-to-Work Transition program, allowing students like Lukas (pictured left) to learn the skills needed to find a job that he loves after graduation. Lukas participated in CAREERS Workforce Readiness classes during high school and was placed in a variety of internships to help him discover his skills and interests, with follow-along support from CAREERS staff. After graduation, we helped Lukas find a job in food service at a New Rochelle elementary school. Lukas does a great job and is loved by his supervisor, co-workers and especially the kids, who always want to be in his line when he is serving! Support from The HOPE for Youth Foundation allows us to provide ongoing support to Lukas and hundreds of students like him every year through our High School Transition. This unique curriculum provides students with disabilities soft skills and job skill training so they are able to transition successfully from the classroom to community employment.
PUTNAM VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HOMEWORK LAB
The students of the Putnam Valley School District have been benefiting from a homework booster lab funded by the Hope for Youth Foundation. Students are invited to participate by teachers who are concerned about their ability to keep up with assignments and need support. Honor students from the Putnam Valley High School serve as tutors and peer models for the middle school students and teach them how to study and to value their academic work. The older students build relationships with the younger middle schoolers and create a safe and comfortable place for learning. Teachers monitor and provide helpful strategies for study. This program has become invaluable for families who are not always available to assist students with their homework. The high school students also benefit from the positive feedback that comes from giving help and seeing the results. We have found that students who participate in the booster lab raise their grades and develop self-esteem that comes with accomplishment. Thank you so much for your support
MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION OF THE HUDSON VALLEY…LIFE CHANGING WISHES FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE THREATENING ILLNESSES
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of The Hudson Valley is deeply grateful to the Hope For Youth Foundation for being such a generous supporter of our special mission. Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. All who support the Hope For Youth Foundation are truly making a difference in the lives of our wish kids and their families. With deepest gratitude, Thomas J. Conklin, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Foundation of The Hudson Valley
PEERS INFLUENCE PEERS
The HOPE For Youth Foundation support over the past 25 years has been instrumental in our efforts to help young people to make healthy decisions and avoid the dangers of drugs an alcohol abuse. "Thank you so much for including me in this year's Peers drama! The experience was powerful; in the process of creating this film I gained further knowledge of self and the power of conscious decisions and I made some new friend!” Dorothy Johnson, Class of 2005 "..not only is what you are doing a good way to fight drug abuse, it is the best way…” Former Governor George Pataki, New York “ ...it’s going to be very tough to keep drugs and alcohol away from young people that is why the work you are doing is so important, at the end of the day you will tell each other what your future holds…”, General Barry McCaffrey, Former Director the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
SAINT DOMINICS SCHOOL
We are writing to thank you and the Hope for Youth Foundation for your support over the past four years. It has been put to very good use. The grants have enabled us to purchase Chromebooks for use in Saint Dominic's School, which serves needy children with disabilities who may be autistic, and have physical and emotional handicaps. Many of them live in the Hudson Valley. The Chromebook tablet enables the teacher to individualize instruction, while monitoring the progress of all students in the class simultaneously. It has helped them strengthen both their English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Programs. In fact, one of our students have been able to enhance her writing proficiency by two grade levels, while another improved his math score by 1 1/2 grades. Your support has made a great difference in the lives of our children. We hope that it can continue in the future.
JCCA’S EQUESTRIAN THERAPY PROGRAM
All of us at JCCA are grateful for the generosity of the HOPE for Youth Foundation that supports Equestrian Therapy for youth in our care. This therapy helps abused and traumatized youth develop self-esteem, increase communication and socialization skills and build trust. The therapy has also helped children in our care develop self-sufficiency, learn impulse control and emotional management, set perspective and learn limits and boundaries. The HOPE for Youth Foundation is helping to improve the lives of vulnerable youth on our Pleasantville campus, and is providing them with powerful and liberating experiences that will lead to healing and growth.
WESTCHESTER EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN’S SCHOOL
Thank you, Hope for Youth Foundation, for your generous support of the Westchester Exceptional Children’s School. Your donation to our mission helps us provide children with special needs with high-quality education and the assistance, tools, and resources they need to build life and job readiness skills so they may become self-sufficient. We value our partnership with Hope for Youth Foundation—thank you!
COVECARE CHILDREN’S THERAPEUTIC PLAY ROOM
The funding provided by the HOPE for Youth Foundation has allowed us to award 20 scholarships to parents seeking participation in our S.T.E.P. program. S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) is a series of workshops that provide skills training for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges with their children. It promotes a more participatory family structure by fostering responsibility, independence, and competence in children; improving communication between parents and children; and helping children learn from the natural and logical consequences of their own choices. These 20 scholarships allowed recipients to complete this course with enhanced parenting skills that lead to better child-caregiver relationships. In addition, the funding also made it possible for the successful remodeling of our Children’s Therapeutic Play Room. The Children's Therapeutic Play Room allows children the safe and comfortable space to freely express themselves through both imaginative and interactive play. Equipped with specially chosen toys, our playroom encourages the safe expression of feelings by cultivating healing and promoting the development of effective communication, creative thoughts and healthy decision making We are very grateful for the support that we have received from the HOPE. for Youth Foundation and the wonderful opportunities that have been provided to CoveCare Center children and families.
SPARC…”OUR KIDS EXPRESS” & “MAGIC OF MUSIC” AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Jim and the HOPE Foundation have been an incredible friend and support to SPARC’s young participants. They have been there to help our programs grow and reach more families. Our Kids Express and Magic of Music after-school programs have served hundreds of children every year in the Yorktown, Lakeland and Somers school districts. Through fun, creative activities, SPARC professionals guide the children to develop positive character building skills and ways to handle socially challenging situations. The Foundation’s support has kept family fees affordable, provided scholarships and helped us access professional staff for these popular and successful programs. We were proud to honor Jim Witt and HOPE as honorees at SPARC’s 2012 annual gala benefit and look forward to our future collaborations. Thank goodness for organizations like HOPE who work so hard all year to provide philanthropic assistance benefiting children to grow up to be compassionate and productive adults.
DAISY JOPLING MUSIC FOUNDATION …TRIP TO LINCOLN CENTER
In 2017, the H.O.P.E for Youth Foundation’s support of the Daisy Jopling Music Foundation made it possible for us to bring 58 underprivileged children with their guardians from Peekskill, NY to the Lincoln Center in New York City to see an extraordinary, uplifting concert. The children were also each given lunch. They were all interested in the arts, many of them were visiting Manhattan for the first time, and every single child experienced a great performing arts venue for the very first time in their lives. They were able to witness children of their age, or a little older, performing on that amazing stage along with New York City’s top professional musicians in Daisy Jopling‘s "Awakening Show". It was a life-changing experience for these children, many of whom have now signed up to take part in the Ovation! Strings Program, a free after school strings program in Peekskill, also funded by the Daisy Jopling Music Foundation. The H.O.P.E For Youth Foundation made this remarkable and deeply transformative experience possible, and we are infinitely grateful to that invaluable organization.
CASA… COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES PROGRAM
Generous funding from the Hope For Youth Foundation supports the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program, a National Best Practice Model serving children who have been abused and neglected in Westchester County. Hope For Youth funds support professional staff who recruit, train and supervise volunteer CASA advocates for our most needy children in Westchester. Examples of CASA’s work are as follows: A child served by CASA, who is now 19 years old, is completing her first year of college. Her CASA has been with her since she was 4 years old. Despite numerous foster care placements and two failed returns home to her mom, her CASA has been by her side. Literally every person on the case has changed; judges, attorneys, case managers, case planners, foster parents, therapists, etc. except for CASA. CASA continues to stay in touch with this young girl, both while she is away at college and when she returns on school breaks, guiding, supporting and cheering her on. Through CASA’s advocacy, a young girl, aged 5 who has been in foster care for over 4 years, is now going to be freed for adoption and adopted by her pre-adoptive foster mother. CASA was able to convince all parties that permanency for this young child was critical to her emotional health. CASA was assigned to a family of 7 children who had been returned to their mother’s care. They moved into a tiny apartment and were happy to be living all together once again. When CASA went to visit for the first time, it was discovered that they had no furnishings and children were playing in the dark and sleeping on the concrete floor at night. CASA solicited donations from fellow MHA staff and members of a local church, which included beds, bedding, towels, a kitchen table and chairs, pots and pans, and even cleaning supplies and toiletries. In one day, the family was provided with a fully furnished apartment and warm beds, just as the cold winter drew near.
FRIENDS OF KAREN
Friends of Karen has benefitted significantly from the generosity of the Hope for Youth Foundation. The Foundation has supported our work for many years and continues to partner with us to provide vital financial, emotional and advocacy support for critically ill children and their families living in our community. Most recently, a Hope for Youth Foundation grant has enabled Friends of Karen to engage a highly skilled, creative, compassionate child life specialist to work one-on-one with young siblings of a child with cancer or other life threatening illness. Because of Hope for Youth Foundation, these children, so traumatized by their brother’s or sister’s illness, gain strength and coping skills to help them at this tremendously difficult time. I speak on behalf of everyone at Friends of Karen in expressing our gratitude for the steadfast support and partnership of the Hope for Youth Foundation. Thank you is an understatement. A child served by CASA, who is now 19 years old, is completing her first year of college. Her CASA has been with her since she was 4 years old. Despite numerous foster care placements and two failed returns home to her mom, her CASA has been by her side. Literally every person on the case has changed; judges, attorneys, case managers, case planners, foster parents, therapists, etc. except for CASA. CASA continues to stay in touch with this young girl, both while she is away at college and when she returns on school breaks, guiding, supporting and cheering her on. Through CASA’s advocacy, a young girl, aged 5 who has been in foster care for over 4 years, is now going to be freed for adoption and adopted by her pre-adoptive foster mother. CASA was able to convince all parties that permanency for this young child was critical to her emotional health. CASA was assigned to a family of 7 children who had been returned to their mother’s care. They moved into a tiny apartment and were happy to be living all together once again. When CASA went to visit for the first time, it was discovered that they had no furnishings and children were playing in the dark and sleeping on the concrete floor at night. CASA solicited donations from fellow MHA staff and members of a local church, which included beds, bedding, towels, a kitchen table and chairs, pots and pans, and even cleaning supplies and toiletries. In one day, the family was provided with a fully furnished apartment and warm beds, just as the cold winter drew near.
On behalf of the staff at Gilda’s Club of Westchester and the families we serve, I want to thank the H.O.P.E. for Youth Foundation for being such a committed sponsor of our work. Your funding over the years have allowed us to offer more counseling, social activities, and support groups to children and teens who are affected by cancer and to continue offering those services at no charge. With your help, we are ensuring that no child in Westchester has to suffer through a cancer diagnosis alone.
THE FRIENDS NETWORK
Thanks to the ongoing support from The Hope for Youth Foundation many individuals with disabilities participating in The Friends Network Healthy Lifestyles Program have the chance to improve their health and gain self-esteem while improving quality of life.