Another
Opportunity
For A Good
Life.

Our Focus

  • Why We Exist
  • Who We Empower
  • What We Do

Every child deserves more than one chance at a successful life. For over 30 million young people, their first chance was compromised by adults and systems that didn’t always serve their best interests. They are aging out of foster care or released from juvenile justice systems and left more vulnerable to negative life outcomes than when they went in.

Why? Because they are thrown into the adult world without the connections to positive supports or services that significantly increase their odds at leading a happier and more productive life.

We are here to make sure that they have another opportunity for a positive future.  In order for them to get back on the path to a stable and sustainable life, we need to help connect them to caring communities, proven services and vital skills that they so sorely missed earlier in their lives. Through these connections, we can support youth in developing the personal resilience necessary to face the obstacles that are an inevitable part of the transition to adulthood.

But this can’t all happen at the individual level. That’s why we will also work with local and national partners to make sure communities are equipped with the tools and knowledge to create policies that support the well-being of our most vulnerable young people. We believe that through these systemic changes a more stable environment can be created.

1) Young adults between the ages of 16-24 that have been impacted by the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

2) Organizations who are doing great work to connect these now young adults to the positive support and resources needed for a long and successful life.

Our approach is straightforward and laser focused:

1) We support organizations whose work directly connects youth to the people and services they need to become self-sustaining adults.

2) We commission research that helps identify what works and what doesn’t when it comes to creating sustainable change in young people’s lives.

3) We work closely with our grantees to advance and advocate for programs and policies that are proven to put youth on a path to a successful and sustainable future.

4) We support organizations that utilize community organizing as a tool to remove barriers and create social change.

$4M

Awarded each year in AFF grants

$51M

Awarded since 2001

54,148

Youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional or residential facilities in 2013*

49,072

Children ages 16-20 who exited foster care in 2013**

*As of 2013. Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

**Figure provided by KIDS COUNT data center.

Our Core Values

deep engagement
Only when we make deep and lasting connections with our partners, grantees and communities can we improve the chances for youth to achieve long-term success. That’s why we use a grants-plus approach to our work. Beyond giving our financial resources, we hope that our partners can benefit from both our human and social capital as well.
just opportunity
If we lived in a just society, this work would not be necessary. But too many of our children are given an unfair shot at success. If we are to provide opportunities for all youth, then we need to address this issue through the lens of racial and social justice that is at the heart of our approach.
connected innovation
There is not a singular approach. Too often people, services and systems are fragmented, leading to uncoordinated and inconsistent help to those who need it most. We are interested in creative approaches that connect the dots and work in the context of complicated lives and systems.
sustained impact
We are most interested in long-term sustainable results, not short-term positive outcomes. It’s moving beyond landing a job, to embarking on a sustainable career. It goes beyond managing short-term transitions and instead focuses on providing a path to long-term stability. It means seeing that each time a youth becomes more resilient, our communities become that much stronger for tomorrow.