Friends of the Children of New York aims to "change the destiny of New York City’s most vulnerable children…one child at a time". It is an early intervention program that systematically screens and engages children as kindergarteners, identifying those who are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school, becoming embroiled in the criminal justice system, or becoming teen parents. They provide a trained, paid youth advocate, called a Friend, to work with eight Achievers (the title for the children in the program) one-on-one from kindergarten through high school graduation, a 12-year commitment. Their goal is to get 100% of the Achievers to graduate high school with a plan for their future.
The CCS grant is used for stipends for eight Harlem teenagers who participated in the College and Career Readiness Internship Program.