Citykids Foundation, Inc.

New York, NY   |  http://www.citykids.com

Mission

Mission Statement

The mission of CityKids is to empower urban young people, ages 13 to 19, through arts and educational programs to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in school, the workplace and in life. CityKids believes that to solve the problems facing youth today, we must listen to young people; empower them with the tools to make their voices heard; partner with them to find solutions; and challenge them to create change.

Our vision is supported through CityKids' guiding principles which help young people to develop artistic and leadership skills and include: Safe Space, Youth-to-Youth Communication, Multicultural Bridge Building, and Leadership Development.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Ms. Amber Paquette

Main address

601 West 26th Street 325

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

13-3453226

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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CITYKIDS PROGRAMS

CITYKIDS PROGRAMS:
The CityKids Foundation has pioneered, maintained and innovated cutting edge youth
development programs for three decades training tens of thousands of young people to be
leaders and motivated agents of social change. Many have gone on to successful careers and
continue to give back. Now as teachers, public speakers, motivational coaches, actors, writers,
directors, business professionals, and musicians, they all credit CityKids with giving them a
community and the confidence to lead and influence.

CityKids’ vision and programs are anchored in a set of consistent, powerful, actionable,
teachable and livable principles:

Safe Space:
Environments in which young people feel physically, mentally, and spiritually safe—free to be,
express, respect, grow, teach, and learn with each other. A safe environment to discuss topics
they care about and process the world around them.

Youth-to-Youth Communication:
With adults as key resources, young people actively teach their peers, and study a diverse
range of national and global issues to find their roles and platforms for action.

Multicultural Bridge Building:
Allowing young people from different backgrounds to gather and engage in honest dialogue,
where boundaries can be dismantled and the doors to understanding opened.

Leadership Development:
CityKids is centered in a leadership curriculum where young people can train and have impact
on society today and the future.

A cornerstone of CityKids programming is Coalition, a weekly dialogue where diverse young
people engage in critical thinking sharing ideas in a Safe Space. Once incubated, these
thoughts and ideas are taken into action through CityKids’ award-winning, intensive
performance program, The CityKids Repertory Company (Rep). CityKids Rep combines
training in performing arts with the Foundation’s unique leadership development strategies. For
30 years CityKids Rep members have created and performed original material, bringing their
own thoughts and experiences—hopes, challenges and dreams—to the stage. Many
performances have been filmed and distributed widely, and CityKids Rep has performed all
across the U.S. and abroad. CityKids Rep has been among the most public voices of The
CityKids Foundation providing youth advocacy programs and performances for The Children's
Defense Fund, PSAs for Nickelodeon, a recent short film at The Tribeca Film Festival, and a
television show with Jim Henson Productions.

In addition to our core programs, nearly one out of every two of our participants relies on CityKids to provide intensive support services that they cannot access within their own school and/or communities, including counseling and referrals to outside organizations. CityKids differentiates itself from other youth service organizations in five substantive ways. First, our programs are youth-driven. That means youth help to design, operate, and evaluate the program. Second, our programs are youth-relevant. Involving youth in the decision-making process allows them to identify the content that will keep them engaged in meaningful ways. Third, our programs are evidence-based. Designing youth-driven programs requires extensive field testing and continuous improvement to guarantee success. Fourth, our programs employ multi-dimensional perspectives of social justice; arts and culture; community organizing; social and emotional development; and workforce development, among others. Fifth, our programs are effective. Internal program evaluations demonstrate CityKids youth improve their educational outcomes; reduce behavioral issues; address emotional and family issues with help from support services; and reach their personal, short-term goals for school and work.

Population(s) Served

Through music and dance performances and corresponding workshops, Rep challenges communities to develop a response to relevant social issues. Each year entire school populations across New York City benefit from Rep and administrators often request to add CityKids’ school-based programs to their own curriculum. Rep members represent a cross-section of the urban-to-suburban youth who drive today's pop culture trends and icons. On an annual basis, over 100 young people are developed into artists and skilled performers through a selective three-tiered training process which consists of: Fresh Rep (6-12 months); Ensemble Rep (1-3 years); and Senior Rep (1+ years). Qualified instructors provide training in dance, vocal techniques, non-verbal communication, acting, writing, and other artistic disciplines.
 
In addition to the standard weekly training sessions, CityKids offers individual training for young people to develop specific performing arts areas. Rep members are also able to take part in other weekly group learning opportunities such as: Cubenomics: Hands-on instruction in the CityKids recording studio cube covering the technical aspects of music production and performance, structured guidance in channeling the use of spoken word, popular language, and other aspects of hip-hop culture into the positive communication; and New Works Lab: weekly sessions where youth create and hone new artistic skills and material. Answering the requests of our youth, this year’s NWL program is a choreography program to ‘flex and get lite”;  which are dance terms for youth created choreography combining African dance, tap dance, break dancing and martial arts. More than 60 new young people have joined CityKids to participate in NWL this program year.

Population(s) Served

CKIA is our advanced youth leadership training program and has developed more than 1,000 young people as agents of positive community change. CKIA empowers youth to engage their peers and the broader communities where they live. Through interactive training that takes place in our safe space, young people can try out new skills and hands-on, challenging experiences leading their peers. CKIA youth develop valuable life skills and proficiency in interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and group facilitation. They also gain the capacity to act as leaders in everyday life and in organizing initiatives of their own. After completing an initial 3-phase training program, participants facilitate meetings, lead workshops in schools, design, plan and carry out community improvement projects, and participate in our annual Youth Leadership Conference over the summer. Last year, twelve youth facilitators completed CKIA are now planning and facilitating CityKids’ workshops.

Population(s) Served

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Citykids Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Sternberg

Morgan Stanley


Board co-chair

Carissa Reiniger

Silver Lining Ltd.

Daniel Parker Member

Parker & Carmody, LLP

Michael Sternberg Co-Chair

Morgan Stanley

Brian Finn Member

Asset Management Finance

Patrick Henry Treasurer

Deloitte

Laurie Meadoff Founder

Laurie Inc. and Team

David Posen Member

Deutsche Bank

Amir Rozwadowski Member

Barclays Capital

Patrick Freeman Member

American Express

Carissa Reiniger Co-Chair

Silver Lining Ltd.

Steve Lord Member

Valguard Capital

Dawnald Henderson Member

Retired Attorney

Shari Food Member

The Narrative Method

Malik Yoba Member

Actor/Alumni

Robert Sherman Member

Growth Philanthropy

Tracy Dennis-Tiwary Member

Professor, Hunter College of The City University of New York