Advocates for Children of New York works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure due to poverty, disability, race, ethnicity, immigrant or English Language Learner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, or involvement in the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
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AFC's 2016 Spring Benefit
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
6:00—9:30 pm
Three Sixty° in New York City

11 Tayloni

“My [disability] does not define me. It does not limit me, it just helps the fighter in me stay alive.”

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15 Micaela

“Thank you for defending the rights of Micaela!!”

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25 Literacy Paper

Meeting the literacy needs of students with and without disabilities in the NYC public schools 

27 Benefit 2016

Thank you for supporting the 2016 Spring Benefit!

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3 Kalilah

“Now, everything is so great. She’s excited to go to school every day.”

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4 Carlos

Back to school with Advocates for Children

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5 Jemma/Donate

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7 Jake

Thank you so much for your dedication to my family, it literally changed our lives.

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Spotlight

AFC Testifies on Access to Career and Technical Education Programs
09.21.2016 | Today, AFC is testifying before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding access to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs). CTE is shown to help keep at-risk students – such as ELLs and students with disabilities – engaged and on-track for... Read more

AFC Urges the City to Focus on Significant Racial Disparities in School Arrest Data
09.15.2016 | Today, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) released data showing that schools have continued to become safer: there are record lows in school crime and fewer students arrested for school-related incidents. Despite these improvements, new data reported pursuant to Student Safety Act amendments passed last year illustrates the... Read more

Thoughts for the new school year
09.07.2016 | At Advocates for Children of New York, we are gearing up for the first day of school, a moment that invites us to reflect on what we do and how we want to impact the world around us. Each new school year brings new demands but also new opportunities to use our resources and expertise to improve the lives of children in New York City... Read more

Get Ready for Back to School!
08.25.2016 | The first day of school is Thursday, September 8! In preparation, we've updated our back-to-school fact sheet for families of students with disabilities, which covers concerns that typically come up at this time of year, such as what to do if a child does not yet have a school assignment or the school assigned says they cannot serve... Read more

AFC in the News

New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
09.22.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | In New York City, as of 2013, students enrolled in CTE schools were more likely to graduate than those who were not, a finding that’s especially true for students with disabilities or who are learning English. But Sam Streed, a policy analyst with Advocates for Children, said steps need to be taken to make sure... Read more

NYPD Data Shows Schools Safer, but Racial Disparities Persist
09.19.2016 | Public News Service | School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Dawn Yuster, school justice project director at Advocates for Children of New York, said the vast majority of those involved with police while in school were students of color. "New York City needs to... Read more

Crime Drops in NYC Schools
09.15.2016 | Wall Street Journal | Several advocacy groups applauded the declines but said the school system must do more to stop the disproportionate arrests of black and Latino students. Advocates for Children of New York, an antidiscrimination organization, said more staff must be trained to defuse crises, and the city needs a more... Read more

NYPD handcuffed 20 students under 12 years old last spring — and other revelations from newly released school safety data
09.15.2016 | Chalkbeat New York | Several other advocacy organizations, including Advocates for Children and the New York Civil Liberties Union, also independently called on the city to come up with a comprehensive plan to significantly reduce racial disparities in student interactions with police...Roughly 250 summonses were issued to... Read more