New York City skyline. To build and sustain the thriving, vibrant city we want, we need all of our kids to be set up for success. A classroom full of children. Courtesy VOICE Charter School Higher education and quality career training are critical to increasing economic mobility and reducing inequality. But access to opportunity is not shared equally. A member of the community walking outside. Four years ago, partners in government, philanthropy, community and the private sector came together to pilot a program in geographic School District 30--across Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Corona, Jackson Heights, Astoria, and East Elmhurst. A young girl climbing a tree and playing. Starting from the very first days of kindergarten, the effort provides financial assets for college or career training, and supports whole neighborhoods coming together to boost all of our children towards educational and economic success. Young children working together in a classroom. Together, we’ve built a universal community-driven wealth-building platform with over 10,000 kids and their families in one of the city’s most diverse school districts. Members of the NYC community coming together. Here we have documented the evolution and early results of our work in a series of written briefs and stories that illustrate the core components, or Pillars, of the Save for College Program approach. + Read our Briefs. Arrow pointing down to stories. Hear our Stories.

NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

We know it takes a neighborhood to build a child’s future.

The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a universal scholarship and savings platform designed to make college and career training more accessible and achievable for all NYC public school students.

We’re now sharing a series of written briefs and the corresponding stories below to document lessons from our founding years, to provide context, and to serve as a resource for others who may wish to bring the Save for College Program to their neighborhoods. 

If you missed our release event, you can watch a recording of it here:

Hear from some of the many people who have come together to build this platform.

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