About 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
Julie MeninJulie MeninCHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD & EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Commissioner
Mayors Office of Media & Entertainment
Dana ZuckerDana ZuckerVICE-CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD, TREASURER, DIRECTOR
Executive Director
Gray Foundation
Danya PerryDanya PerrySECRETARY, DIRECTOR
Chief of Litigation and Deputy General Counsel
MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Richard BueryRichard BueryEX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives
City of New York
Carmen FariñaCarmen FariñaEX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR
Chancellor
NYC Department of Education
Fred T. Goldberg, Jr.Fred T. Goldberg, Jr.DIRECTOR
Partner, Tax
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Mindy GrayMindy GrayDIRECTOR
Co-Founder
Gray Foundation
Sheena WrightSheena WrightDIRECTOR
President and CEO
United Way of New York City
NYC Kids RISE Team
Debra-Ellen GlicksteinDebra-Ellen GlicksteinExecutive Director
Daniel BackmanChief of Staff
Arianna GrandCommunity Engagement & Partnerships Manager
Gloria J. MedinaCommunity Engagement & Partnerships Manager
Patricia RobertsDirector of Products and Strategy
Andrew SeoProject Manager
Sameera UddinCommunity Engagement & Partnerships Manager


Nancy RubinPro Bono Counsel
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