Creating a Community Wealth-Building Model for NYC


May 21, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am

What would New York City look like if every NYC public school student had a financial asset for college and career training, starting from their first days of kindergarten, and support from every part of their community to achieve educational and economic success? What could it look like if we each took responsibility for all of our children?

Over the past five years, stakeholders from the public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors have come together with school partners, community leaders, and thousands of families to successfully design and pilot a model that brings that vision to life.

To commemorate the close of the pilot phase, NYC Kids RISE is releasing a series of Briefs & Videos that tell the story of the Save for College Program. Join CCC Executive Director Jennifer March and other NYC Kids Rise collaborators to learn about this community wealth-building platform, why it’s so important, and how it can be further adapted by NYC families, schools, and neighborhoods to build individual and community wealth for generations to come.

Remarks By:

  • Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City + NYC Kids RISE Board Member
  • Jennifer March, Executive Director, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
  • Jon & Mindy Gray, Co-Founders, Gray Foundation
  • New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, Deputy Majority Leader, 12th Senate District
  • New York State Assembly Member Catherine Nolan, 37th Assembly District
  • Chancellor Meisha Porter, NYC Department of Education

Special appearances by Former NYC Kids RISE Board Member + Achievement First’s Richard Buery, Astoria Houses Resident Association’s Claudia Coger, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Council Member Daniel Dromm, Council Member Francisco Moya, and more…

Panel Discussion With:

  • Dr. Philip A. Composto, Community Superintendent, District 30, NYC Department of Education
  • Nadia Landy, Parent/Guardian, Save for College Program
  • Theo Oshiro, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road New York
  • Lorelei Salas, Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection + Former NYC Kids RISE Board Member
  • Sideya Sherman, Executive Vice President, Community Engagement & Partnerships, NYCHA + Executive Director, Mayor’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity
  • Bishop Mitchell Taylor, Senior Pastor, Center of Hope International + Co-Founder & CEO, Urban Upbound

Moderated By: Debra-Ellen Glickstein, Founding Executive Director, NYC Kids RISE

About the Save for College Program

The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a universal, community-driven wealth-building platform that puts real financial assets in the hands of families and communities, expands access to mainstream financial products, provides financial education for families and students, and brings schools and neighborhoods together to support all of their children’s futures. In Fall 2017, in partnership with the City and the NYC Department of Education, and with founding support from the Gray Foundation, the Save for College Program launched a pilot phase across 39 public schools in the communities of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, Corona, Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside and Sunnyside. Today, as a result of this unique public-private-community partnership, over $6 million in financial assets have been accumulated for the educational and economic futures of 13,000 Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Graders.