Recently, CBS New York named New York City’s four best charities. Â We are proud to announce that John A. Reisenbach Foundation’s newest partner, Foster Pride, earned a spot on this impressive list.
Foster Pride provides free arts classes, scholarships, and internships to New York City children and teens that have been placed in foster care. Mentoring and job-preparedness programs run by Foster Pride help teenagers develop the skills they need to live independently as they age out of the foster care system.
The volunteer program was created in 1993. When founder Lynn Schnurnberger visited a New York City foster care agency for the first time, she found it filled with fidgety children waiting for appointments with their caseworkers and supervised visits with their birth parents. She searched for a way to transform their restlessness into creative energy. Within a few months, she had organized a weekly art class for fifty children and Foster Pride was born.