For A Good

Our Focus

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

Every child deserves more than one chance at a successful life.
For more than 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.

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.

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.

Young people of color
Between the ages of 16-24 who have been impacted by “disruptive systems,” such as the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

That provide direct service, engage in community organizing, advocacy and/or capacity building to connect these youth to the positive support and resources needed for a long and successful life.

We support the expansion and solidification of organizations whose work directly connects to youth and the people and services they need. 

We commission and conduct research that is the basis of creating sustainable livelihoods for young adults and the individuals who support them.

With Out of the Margins, we are realizing youth justice, one podcast at a time. Through candid conversations, our podcast uplifts the voices of our partners in the field to spark change, create awareness and tap into the social justice work that aligns with our mission. #OOTM 

Education Anew: Shifting Justice
We convene with grantee partners and allies biannually at Education Anew: Shifting Justice. As co-hosts of this premier youth justice convening we facilitate an environment where organizers, advocates and young people of color can build relationships, exchange knowledge, and develop plans of action around the fight for youth justice and education justice. #EducationAnew #ElevatetheGenius 

Learning Sessions
Utilizing a collaborative webinar format, our learning sessions help advance effective practices in the service of all young people and advance a vision of what effective social justice philanthropy looks like.

Social Justice Toolkit
We offer a curriculum to bolster the development of next-gen grantmakers and provide them with a foundation for including social justice values at the center of their work. 


Awarded each year in AFF GRANTS


Awarded since 2001


Youth residing in juvenile detention, correctional and/or residential facilities in the U.S.*


Children ages 16-20 who exited foster care in 2018**

*As of 2017. Figure provided by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

**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.