The mission of the New York Avenue Foundation (NYAF) is to be a catalyst of educational advancement for youth in need throughout Washington, DC. Founded in 1984 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization, the Foundation seeks to promote a nation’s capital that empowers each and every young person to realize his or her potential and become a productive citizen.
Through grants, the NYAF financially supports non-profit programs in the District of Columbia aimed at achieving its mission. The Foundation also provides supplementary funds for children who need incentives to stay in school and scholarship funds for additional education.We raise money through letter solicitations, fundraising events, and other sources. A volunteer Board of Directors conducts the other work of the Foundation without any monetary compensation. As a result, close to 99 percent of the money raised is passed through to our grantees to help achieve the Foundation’s mission.The NYAF also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #25839), which allows donors to designate funds to the Foundation on a year-round, regular basis or with a single donation. We also gratefully accept online donations through Network for Good [http://www.networkforgood.org], a national, online, charitable giving website.
The Foundation provides funds to outstanding organizations within the city that are engaged with inner-city youth in a variety of ways and places. Past grantees include:
Community Club: The New York Avenue Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the Community Club, one of the oldest tutoring programs in the Washington DC area. In 2011, Community Club received $34,000 in program support. The Community Club has operated continuously since February 1962. Each Thursday evening during the school year,120 students and their tutors meet one-on-one at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church to do schoolwork, to talk and to be together. Student-tutor partnerships typically last from two to six years, but many tutors and their students stay in touch long after graduation.
Young Lives at Young Life: This is a unique cutting edge non-profit Christian organization designed to EMPOWER and EQUIP teen moms to become productive citizens in the community. Young Lives at Young Life teams up with mature Christian women to provide teen girls in crisis with timely encouragement, guidance, and ongoing support. The New York Avenue Foundation provided $2,500 in funding in 2010 toward the organization’s ongoing work.
Life Pieces to Master Pieces: This year-round, comprehensive youth development and education organization is designed for African American males age 3-21. The program serves more than 200 boys and young men annually in the under-served communities east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC as well as youth incarcerated at the Oak Hill Juvenile Detention Center. Life Pieces to Master Pieces offers their youth apprentices the opportunity to discover their own innate and creative abilities to change their life challenges into possibilities. In 2010, the organization received $4,000 in funding from the New York Avenue Foundation to support their program work with the special need to replace furniture, carpeting and art supplies destroyed by a malicious attack of vandalism, which caused over $10,000 in damage to the program campus this past August.
DC Creative Writing Workshop: This literary arts program serves more than 500 students at Hart Middle, Simon Elementary, and Ballou Senior High Schools. The program operates from October to June during the school year. Sixteen in-school classes and four after school sessions occur each week. Activities include poetry and story composition, reading and responding to creative works, publishing literary magazines, and performing classic drama. In 2009, the organization received $2,500 in program support from the New York Avenue Foundation to off-set the costs of providing theater experiences and after school activities for program participants.
The continued success of The New York Avenue Foundation is due in large part to individuals like you who are united in the belief that an investment in a young person’s education is truly an investment in our community’s future. We deeply appreciate our generous supporters and the impact their gifts enable the Foundation to create. All donations are tax-deductible.
To learn more about The New York Avenue Foundation, please see our brochure and/or contact:
Chair, Board of Directors
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