CUNY Start provides intensive preparation in academic reading/writing, math, and “college success.” The program enrolls prospective CUNY students who have been accepted to college because they have a high school or high school equivalency diploma, but are not ready for college-level work based on their scores on the CUNY Assessment Tests.

Students who have enrolled in CUNY Start re-take the required CUNY Assessment Tests. Past students have shown significant skill gains when they re-test; many have bypassed required remedial coursework entirely.

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Accelerated Study in Associate Programs

CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) assists students in earning associate degrees within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports including comprehensive and personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, tuition waivers, MTA MetroCards, and additional financial assistance to defray the cost of textbooks. The goal of the program is to have 50 percent of ASAP students graduate with an associates degree within 3 years.

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NYC Administration Children Services

The Administration for Children’s Services protects and promotes the safety and well-being of New York City’s children, young people, families, and communities by providing excellent child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services.

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Advocates for Children of New York

At Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), we are dedicated exclusively to protecting every child’s right to an education, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.

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The Children’s Aid Society

The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

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The Children’s Law Center

Our mission is to give a child a strong and effective voice in a legal proceeding that has a critical impact on his or her life. Each year in New York City, thousands of children are the subjects of custody/visitation, domestic violence and guardianship disputes. These cases can be very contentious and very emotional, and the outcomes have a critical impact on the lives of the children involved. Yet, while each adult has an opportunity to speak to the Court, the child’s voice is often faint, or not heard.



Fedcap is an 80-year-old nonprofit organization that is committed to creating opportunities for people with barriers to move toward economic independence. Fedcap is committed to an initiative entitled “Change the Story” which ensures that there is an explicit focus on ensuring that youth in foster care are going to college and graduating. PrepNOW! is an integral part of that initiative designed to enhance the capacity and motivation of foster parents to create a college-going culture for the youth in their care.


Good Shepherd Services

The mission of Good Shepherd Services is to surround at-risk New York City youth and their families with a web of supports that promote a safe passage to self-sufficiency. To achieve our mission, we lead in the development of innovative youth and family development programs; provide quality, effective services that strengthen participants’ connections with family, school and community; and advocate on their behalf for broader change.

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Lawyers For Children

When children are in crisis, Lawyers For Children is at their side to provide protection, support and hope. We offer free legal and social work advocacy to abused and neglected children, children in foster care, and children in high conflict custody cases— ensuring that every young person we represent finds the love, safety and true sense of family that they need.


The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is the nation’s oldest and largest private not-for-profit organization providing free legal services to low-income individuals and families in New York City.

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New Yorkers For Children

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults.

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The New York Foundling

The New York Foundling is one of New York City’s oldest and largest nonprofits serving disadvantaged children and families. Established in 1869, our vision is a community where every person, regardless of background or circumstance, enjoys the safe, stable, and supportive relationships needed to reach his or her full potential. To achieve this, we provide evidence-based programs that focus on keeping families together; preventing abuse and neglect; providing academic support for children; and giving people with developmental disabilities the tools and training they need to lead independent lives.

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SCO Family of Services

SCO operates more than 90 programs at over 110 locations. We provide necessary services and unconditional care to more than 60,000 of New York’s most vulnerable people – from homeless families, to struggling teenagers and families at-risk to disabled adults. We produce life-changing results for individuals and families by focusing on safety, stability and mastery, building resilience, strengthening the capacity to make meaningful connections, function independently and become fully integrated into the community.