Our Stories: Da'Janei Da'Janei entered foster care at 13. She had a clear vision of the future she wanted and what it would take to attain it, but she lacked housing and the skills needed to live independently -- until she found CV. She hopes to use her life experience to help others.
Our Stories: Breshan Breshan participates in CV's WAY Work program, where teens in foster care get paid work experience to prepare them for life after CV. He views the program as much more than a job: He's found role models, gained new skills, and developed confidence in himself.
Our Stories: Hue and Van Hue and Van are foster parents, part of the army of unsung heroes who care for children when they can't be with their families. They've fostered 7 kids and have adopted 3 over the past decade. They welcome each child with a simple statement: "You're family."
Our Stories: DeeDee DeeDee was forced to leave her home with her newborn daughter; their only option was to go to a family homeless shelter. Fortunately, through Victory House, a transitional living program by our Inwood House Division, DeeDee and her daughter now have a safe place to live.
Our Stories: Esther Esther became homeless at 16. Her parents left the country and she had no one to turn to. A friend introduced her to The Children's Village, where she joined our transitional living program. Thanks to the support of the program, Esther is now a successful singer and music teacher.
Our Stories: Robert Robert was about to age out of foster care, with no family to lean on or place to live. His WAY counselor provided the guidance he needed, helping him find an apartment, learn independent living skills, and find a community of support. He now views the future with hope and positivity.
Our Stories: Lloyd Lloyd came to The Children's Village with a lot of anger and frustration. He joined our Canine Program, which trains rescue dogs in preparation for adoption. This program helped him understand how his behavior and energy can affect people. He is now on his way to being discharged!
Addressing a Critical Need CV's Harlem apartments provide housing for 12 young adults who were formerly in foster care or at risk for homelessness. One tenant, Miranda, shares what her apartment means to her.
Paul Muratore on “Good Day Street Talk” The founder and executive director of Connections discusses his background, how he came to develop the mentoring program, and his mentoring relationship with Hasani Callwood on the Fox5 television show “Good Day Street Talk.”
Belonging, Independence, Success Every year thousands of young people are lost to systems that can't support them. The Children's Village is here to work with those young people and their families.
Transformative Mentoring The Children’s Village in the Bronx offers mentors to teenagers who face aging out of foster care. The mentors, or “credible messengers,” are former foster children themselves. They use writing and conversation and draw from their personal experiences to motivate these foster teens.
Honoring a Day of Silence 2015 In honor of the Day of Silence, the staff at the Children’s Village wrote affirming statements to youth who are being bullied and LGBTQ youth to remind them to be proud of who they are and that we support them no matter what!
One Last Chance This student-made film aims to educate young men and women who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system at an early age.