College Funds for the Children of Astoria Houses
Support College Funds for Kindergarten, First and Second Graders in Astoria Houses
My name is Claudia Coger and I'm the President of the Astoria Houses Tenants Organization.
Our children are incredible.
We want every single one of them to know that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Education opens doors to tremendous opportunity. Our youngest need to know that they have a whole community behind them cheering them on.
Three years ago, the Astoria Houses community and communities throughout Western Queens partnered on an initiative that opens and funds universal college savings accounts for every child in public school when they enter kindergarten. Now, nearly every kindergartner, first-grader, and second-grader living in Astoria Houses already has an NYC Scholarship Account with money set aside for their college and career education. So far, a total of more than $21,000 has been deposited into the accounts of these 134 students.
We want this number to be higher.
We have set an initial goal to raise $134,000--enough to deposit another $1,000 into each of these young students’ accounts. This is not only a real financial foundation that our children can rely on in 10+ years when they graduate from high school and set off on their career path. It is also sending them a message TODAY that their community believes in them and knows they can succeed. With all the fear and pain our children are living through right now, that message is in some ways more important than ever.
Your donation will go to NYC Kids RISE, which will distribute ALL monies raised directly to the NYC Scholarship Accounts of participants in the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program that live in Astoria Houses (according to their home address on file with the NYC Department of Education). All contributions to NYC Kids RISE are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by applicable law. Contributions can be made via the donate button or by making a check payable to NYC Kids RISE and mailing it to:
NYC Kids RISE
27-01 Queens Plaza North, 13th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101