Resources for Families and Students of Color
A Better Chance: A Better Chance is a national non-profit talent search organization. Through the College Preparatory Schools Program, ABC recruits talented students of color to place them in outstanding independent and public schools. A Better Chance does not give scholarships but matches students with schools.
Association to Benefit Children: Founded in 1986, ABC provides families with education, health, housing, mental health, and employment services.
Black Alliance for Educational Options : The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is a national, nonpartisan member organization whose mission is to actively support parental choice to empower families and increase educational options for Black children.
Coalition for Asian American Children & Families : Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF) is a non-profit policy and advocacy organization that works to improve the well being of Asian American children in New York City. Their work includes advocacy for better childcare, health care, after-school programs, and prevention services. An online directory of human services in New York City listed by Asian ethnic group is provided.
Early Steps: A program that promotes multiracial diversity within Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educational Network : This is an organization for students, parents, and teachers that strives to assure that each member of every community is assured a safe place regardless of sexual orientation.
Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York: The Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) is a non-profit organization of admissions directors and heads of schools which assists in the admission process for applicants and their families. ISAAGNY’s web site includes information on selecting schools, making application, testing, tuition, and financial aid, among other aspects of the admissions process.
Jack and Jill of America: The oldest African-American family organization, established in 1938, aims to improve the quality of life for African-American children. With over 200 chapters throughout the United States, and two chapters in Nigeria and West Africa, Jack and Jill provides constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational, and social programs, and supports National legislation aimed at bettering the condition of all children.
National Association of Independent Schools: The mission of the National Association of Independent Schools is to serve and strengthen its member schools and associations by "articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior; to work to preserve their independence to serve the free society from which that independence derives; to advocate broad access for students by affirming the principles of diversity, choice, and opportunity." NAIS represents over 1,100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad and offers a broad variety of services to its member schools and associations. The NAIS web site is a good source for general information on independent schools.
Parents League of New York: The Parents League is a non-profit organization of parents and independent schools offering all families with children, toddlers through teens, current information on education, entertainment and enrichment opportunities.
Prep for Prep : One of New York's most successful programs for identifying intellectually gifted and motivated public school students from minority group backgrounds and preparing them for entry into independent college preparatory day and boarding schools.
The TEAK Fellowship helps talented New York City students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges.