Children of Promise, NYC - Andrew Maloney, Chairman Board of Directors

Dear Friends,

On  behalf of the  Children of Promise, NYC Executive Board of Directors, we  thank you for  your solidarity and sustained support during the Board's  transition.  As a founding Agency Board member, and now Chairman of the Board, it has been my honor to  witness the  successes and growth of the organization over the last 10 years.

Although  2014 was a  year of organizational transition, we as an Agency, have  made solid  advancements, including the establishment of a 3-year  strategic  objective that encompasses the development of our Women's  Philanthropic  Network and the realignment of our Young Professionals  Council. These  actions have allowed us to cultivate strong volunteer  committees to  work alongside the Executive Board, ensuring quality  service and a  strong Agency structure for many years to come. 



Mental  illness is frequently stigmatized and misunderstood in  inner-city  communities. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports  that  culture biases against mental health services prevent many  African  Americans and Latinos from accessing care. Consequently,  African  Americans and Hispanic Americans are 50% less likely to take  advantage  of mental health services than their Caucasian counterparts.  However,  these populations of color are much more likely to be  incarcerated than  others living in the same geography. Given the  emotional and  psychological toll that imprisonment can have on those  incarcerated and  their families, it's imperative that mental health  services be  incorporated into their lives. READ MORE >>>


Message From The Board of directors

Dear CPNYC Stakeholders and Friends,

I  founded Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) ten years ago to help a  forgotten population struggling with the psychological trauma and social  stigma that stems from a parent's incarceration. At the time, there was  a gap in the level of support offered to these children and their  families, despite the fact that incarceration rates were and still are  on the rise. I am proud of what this organization has been able to  accomplish for our clients thus far. With your help, we have provided  holistic, robust services to hundreds of children and families that  desperately need intervention, advocacy and support.


But  our work doesn't stop there. As evidenced by the recent events  involving Trayvon Martin,Mike Brown and Freddie Gray, there are  systematic issues stretching beyond the criminal justice system that  continue to drive mass imprisonment for communities of color. Even in  2015, the young people that we serve at CPNYC are subject to racial  profiling and economic inequalities that create stark barriers to upward  mobility and catalyze the cycle of poverty and incarceration. As  musician John Legend said during his 2015 Oscars acceptance speech,  "'Selma' is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. There  are more black men under correctional control today than there were  under slavery in 1850.

Therefore, it is with great urgency that I  implore you to continue your support of organizations like CPNYC that  help young people of color who strive for a better life. It's through  the conscientious actions of people like you that real change can be  actualized. Consider becoming a mentor to a young person who needs  guidance and an example of leadership. Volunteer at an organization that  needs assistance implementing programs on a limited budget. Donate  resources directly to bolster funding and development.

No matter  how small your actions may seem to you, collectively they add up to make  a tangible impact on the populations aided by non- profit organizations  like CPNYC. Thank you for the support you have already given, we are  making headway in leveling the playing field for our clients. We've  expanded rapidly over the last seven years and now provide a full suite  of wide-ranging and impactful services.

My staff and I feel it is  our duty to continue the development of our organization in the right  ways to maximize our impact on the young people we serve. I hope you  will join us.

I look forward to continuing our work together as  we strive to effect positive change on the lives of our children, their  families and our community.

Keeping the Promise,

Sharon Content
Founder & President


Children of Promise, NYC 

Andrew Maloney, Chairman Board of Directors would like to take this time to thank everyone for their support in making a difference in the lives of children.


Your generous donation will help us deliver programs that build brighter futures for children impacted by parental incarceration.


Eric L. Adams


"Brooklyn is a place where we raise healthy  children and families from all backgrounds, including those with  incarcerated parents. I thank Children of Promise, NYC for their work in  Bed-Stuy and beyond to care for these at-risk youth and empower them  with the tools to build bright futures."

Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.


"Children of Promise, NYC is doing  one-of-a-kind work to stem the vicious cycle of minority and underserved  youth getting caught in the clutches of the criminal justice system.  The Agency's work is vital to the well-being of our community, and I am  pleased to support Children of Promise in their efforts to meet the  needs of all our children."

Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
New York City Council Member
Chair of Commerce on Small Businesses

Velmanette Montgomery


"Sharon Content's vision of breaking the  chain of generations of families in the prison system is wonderfully  served through her organization Children of Promise. The children in  these families face heartbreaking situations, but thanks to Children of  Promise they have much needed support and community. I am very, very  grateful for Children of Promise and the visionary Sharon Content."

Velmanette Montgomery
New York State Senator
Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families



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