Long time supporter, Jeannette Bisono, recently made a delivery with her littlest family member, of Easter baskets. A special delivery for the residents of our Farmingdale residence. Sending a BIG thank you to you, Jeannette! Your generosity, and that of your family and friends is greatly appreciated.
Gift Card Drive
At Hope For Youth, in addition to gifting gift cards for birthdays and holidays, we like to award our youth with gifts cards ( of small amounts) for a job well done, a goal reached, etc.
The cards indicate our appreciation, acknowledgment and pride in the youth. Gift card donation is an easy way that you can contribute and make a difference in the lives of youth in our care. Small denominations of $10 and $15, please. Ideal cards are McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King.
If interested in donating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-782-6574.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Program
A year ago, the world changed drastically, and in ways we couldn’t have anticipated. It has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone. But for children in foster care waiting to be adopted, many whom have endured abuse, neglect, countless layers of trauma and quite often the impact of racism, the effects of the COVID-19 crisis have been profound.
When the pandemic hit, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption quickly adapted, in an aggressive pursuit, to serve children through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program without pause or interruption.
Because of the dedication of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiters, judges, partners and the Foundation’s supporters, more than 1,000 children have been adopted through the WWK program since March 2020.
Hope for Youth is proud to have a Wendy’s program, and grateful for the dedication of our adoption recruiters.
Long Islanders Helping Long Islanders
The easter bunny arrived at HFY – delivering baskets and goodies for our youth. A BIG thank you to Theresa and her group, Long Islanders Helping Long Islanders. This group was founded in order to help fellow neighbors in need and share resources. Hope For Youth was grateful to be selected as a recipient of the baskets, for our youth.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Since 1979, April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. This month has become a time of special observance of those children who tragically died as a result of child abuse and neglect. And it is also a time to raise awareness to increase preventative measures that strengthen and protect the most vulnerable in our nation’s families. Focus is on recommitting efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promoting community involvement through activities that support the cause.
Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future. We each have the opportunity to play a role in recognizing the importance of promoting safety and the well-being of children and families throughout our communities.
Comfort Cases’ mission is to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. A Comfort Case gives a child entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each is packed with a cozy new pair of pajamas, a stuffed animal to hug, a toothbrush, soap, and other personal care items. And the xl duffle bags provided that we share with our teens are ideal.
The gift of these simple items tells a child, you matter. We are grateful to Comfort Cases for their support of Hope For Youth, and their desire to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care. Thank you, for all the cases and duffels that we receive throughout the year.
Pioneer LGBT Activist
In our ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month, please read about Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Rivera, a mixed-race Venezuelan-Puerto Rican trans women, was a pioneering LGBT activist who fought tirelessly for trans rights, often credited as the person to “put the “t” in LGBT activism.” Together with Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera created the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) organization. This organization provided a home for trans people living on the streets in 1970s New York. Sylvia’s Place and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project were both named in her honor and still work for the safety and rights of LGBT people to this day.
Sylvia fought hard against the exclusion of transgender people from the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act in New York and was a loud and persistent voice for the rights of people of color and low-income queers and trans people. Her project, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, works to continue Sylvia’s work by centralizing issues of systemic poverty and racism, and prioritizing the struggles of queer and trans people who face the most severe and multi-faceted discrimination. Without her dedication and persistence, the LGBTQ+ community would have faced many more challenges than they do already.
Mentoring Pilot Program with Seniors
Hope For Youth is happy to announce a new mentoring program, getting underway in the very near future. This pilot program will involve HFY teens and the senior residents of Nassau Rehabilitation. These virtual sessions will provide additional human connection for both the seniors and our youth after a year of living with pandemic-related restrictions.
We look forward to growing this program and perhaps eventually, conducting face-to-face sessions.
HUGS FOR HOPE
GET INVOLVED: Hugs For Hope Stuffed Animal Drive
While in our care, safe home-like environments are provided and to complete the family atmosphere, children are offered a stuffed animal of their choosing. Throughout the year, teddy bears and other toys are given to the children on occasions such as birthdays, Christmas and upon arrival at Hope for Youth. Donations of new, stuffed animals are welcomed throughout the year. Please contact email@example.com.
Foster Families Needed
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Foster Parent Virtual Orientation
We are actively seeking foster families for children of all ages, and for sibling groups. Please consider learning about how you can open your heart, and home, to a child in need. Click here, https://hfyny.org/become-a-foster-parent/, to see the process for orientation registration and contact info.