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NYC Kids RISE

NYC Kids RISE is a nonprofit organization working to expand economic opportunity and equity by providing families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s education.

Building on the dreams and expectations that families have for their children’s futures, NYC Kids RISE aims to make attending and graduating from college more achievable for all NYC public school students—regardless of where they come from or how much their families have in the bank.

NYC Kids RISE manages the Save for College Program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the City of New York.

What we do

  • 1

    Provide NYC Scholarship Accounts for every eligible student, money that can only be used by families for educational purposes;

  • 2

    Empower families with the tools and information to develop their own college savings plans;

  • 3

    Empower communities to work together to invest in their children’s college savings by contributing to their scholarship accounts, building an even broader foundation for each child’s future over time;

  • 4

    Reinforce the expectation of attending college through events and campaigns in schools and across neighborhoods; and

  • 5

    Provide financial education in kindergarten by working with the NYC Department of Education to make sure every student receives financial training in the classroom.

NYC Kids RISE Community

Julie Menin
District 30 Parent/Guardian
Claudia Coger, Annie Cotton Morris, and Carol Wilkins
District 30 Parent/Guardian
Parent Coordinators
NYCKR Staff
Dana and PC
Chancellor, Buery, and Grays

NYC Kids RISE Board of Directors

Dana ZuckerDana ZuckerCHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD, DIRECTOR
Executive Director
Gray Foundation
Fred T. Goldberg, Jr.Fred T. Goldberg, Jr.TREASURER, DIRECTOR
Partner, Tax
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Danya PerryDanya PerrySECRETARY, DIRECTOR
Founder & Attorney
Perry Guha LLP
Lisa CowanLisa CowanDIRECTOR
Vice President
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Mindy GrayMindy GrayDIRECTOR
Co-Founder
Gray Foundation
Lorelei SalasLorelei SalasEX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Commissioner
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
J. Phillip ThompsonJ. Phillip ThompsonEX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
City of New York
Sheena WrightSheena WrightDIRECTOR
President and CEO
United Way of New York City
Meisha PorterMeisha PorterEX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Chancellor
NYC Department of Education

NYC Kids RISE Team

Murray AbelesChief of Administration & Finance
Lamia AeshaCommunity Engagement Assistant
Daniela BoykinSenior Manager of School Networks
Leila BozorgChief of Strategy & Policy
Arli CornejalCommunity Engagement Assistant
Sebastian CruzCommunity Engagement Associate
Brandon GillManager of Operations
Debra-Ellen GlicksteinExecutive Director
Corinne HaynesNeighborhood Ambassador
Florence JuillardSenior Director, Platform Design & Implementation
Jacqueline MatosSenior Project Manager
Cormac NataroDigital Engagement Manager
Andrew SeoDeputy Director of Operations & Strategy
Sameera UddinSenior Community Engagement & Partnerships Manager

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