New York City can be an amazing place to live. Unbelievable opportunities, wealth, and education surround us. But many children and families aren’t able to look outward and see what this place has to offer. Just as they overcome one hurdle, they immediately are faced with another. HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services is here to step in and step up where needed. Each and every day we continue our mission, fighting for the overlooked youth of this City.
5,000 children are separated from their families in NYC each year.
Only 3% of foster youth graduate from higher education, nationally.
LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system and twice as likely to be treated poorly.
64% of foster youth have an income below the poverty line at age 24.
1 in 5 adult New Yorkers is likely to experience a mental health crisis in any given year.
1.2 million New Yorkers were food insecure before the current pandemic began.
Great disparities exist across New York City's neighborhoods. Many grow up without the same access and support that they need to succeed in school and in life. We believe the road to equalizing opportunities for the overlooked youth of the City can be found through healing, family and education.Dawn Saffayeh Executive Director, HeartShare St. Vincent's Services