What happens when you empower at-risk teens to become role models for the kids in their neighborhood?

You build confidence. You give hope. You share love. You transform lives.

THE PROBLEM

ONE IN FOUR AMERICAN CHILDREN UNDER SIX ARE LIVING IN POVERTY.

Low-income children are more likely to develop psychological disorders that last into adulthood, even after an improved financial situation. More than half are unprepared to start school, lacking physical health, emotional and behavioral competency, and appropriate math and reading skills.

77%

of youth from families in the top income quartile graduate college by 24.

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9%

of youth from families in the lowest income quartile graduate college by 24.

OUR IMPACT

99% of New City Kids seniors graduate high school and matriculate into college, as well as are 10x more likely to graduate college than the national average for low income students.

OUR MODEL

New City Kids develops a dynamic community where adults, teens, and children work together to change their city. Adults lead and mentor high school students, who in turn become role models for younger children. Youth thrive in this safe and loving environment, becoming leaders and changing their own future.
These high school students are hired to work as the music and tutoring staff. 168 teens spend 500 hours per year learning, working, and growing.
New City Kids has five After School Centers where adult staff coach and mentor local high school students.
1st-8th grade students attend after school programs to study, do homework, and take classes in keyboard, drums, bass guitar, and more!