January 25, 2016 (New York, NY) – Ensuring the lives of foster care youth will get off to a strong start, Macy’s awarded a third grant to Mentoring USA to continue its Fostering Futures program. The grant will enable Mentoring USA to provide New York City youth in foster care with a positive, caring adult mentor in their life. Mentoring USA is a leading national one to one site-based mentoring program that provides caring, trained adult mentors to young people ages 7—21, allowing them to realize their full potential.
“We are honored and proud to continue our support of Mentoring USA,” said Margaret Grioli, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Employee Giving. “Macy’s has a firm commitment to support America’s youth and Mentoring USA is the ideal partner for us with their tremendous experience in mentoring and their understanding of the unique set of challenges youth in foster care face.”
Macy’s generosity will allow Mentoring USA to continue its important programs for youth in foster care in New York City through its partnerships with organizations serving this population, including the Good Shepherd Services and New Alternatives for Children.
“Macy’s is an important Mentoring USA partner and we are very appreciative of their continued generosity,” said Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Mentoring USA’s Founder. “Through Macy’s support, we are able to continue our mission to help young people—particularly youth in foster care. Shining the spotlight on young people in foster care has been an important focus for me since I started this organization more than 20 years ago. Mentoring USA is excited to continue this legacy and important work in the community thanks to Macy’s commitment to young people in foster care.”
About Mentoring USA
Mentoring USA is a leading national provider of one-to-one site-based mentoring programs to enable young people to achieve their potential. Mentoring USA works with children in elementary school to youth aging out of the foster care system to help them make positive life choices, bridge the achievement gap and combat school dropout through the support of caring, trained adult mentors. The curriculum includes healthy lifestyles/nutrition, BRAVE (which includes anti-violence, diversity appreciation and anti-bullying components), financial literacy and entrepreneurship initiatives, career development and other programs.
Mentoring USA’s programs have a proven track record of success—99% of the students in Mentoring USA’s school-based and community-based mentoring programs have consistently moved on to the next grade level. Mentoring USA also provides international mentoring programs through Mentoring Italia and Mentoring Espana.
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