Mission

Our ultimate goal is for foster youth to successfully transition into a prosperous adulthood. We see this process as a communal endeavor that connects employment, education, and abilities. We envision a future where communities are designed to maximize the development and wellness of maturing youth, so that they can transition into healthy, stable, and thriving adults.  Our work to date has taught us that it is possible to develop a collective impact, not only providing the tools, but also streamlining the systems that help young people utilize the resources at their disposal.

 
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Executive Team 

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Sixto Cancel                Founder and CEO

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DARREL BOOKER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

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Elizabeth Jacobs         Deputy Director  

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The Team 

Elisabeth Clumpkens Executive Assistance to CEO 

Elisabeth Clumpkens

Executive Assistance to CEO 

Daniel Torraca Designer and Illustrator 

Daniel Torraca

Designer and Illustrator 

Meredith Brindley Developer

Meredith Brindley

Developer

Torian Ugworji Video Director

Torian Ugworji

Video Director

James O'Brien Junior Developer

James O'Brien

Junior Developer

Joe King Developer 

Joe King

Developer 

Ru Zheng Post Production Manager

Ru Zheng

Post Production Manager

Brianna Ondris Developer 

Brianna Ondris

Developer 

Melanie Rodriguez Executive Assistant

Melanie Rodriguez

Executive Assistant

       

 

 

 

 

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Board Chair

Co-Founder, President, and COO of Flag Luxury Group LLC

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos is a hotelier and urban real estate developer based out of New York City. She is the co-founder, President and COO of Flag Luxury Group LLC. Flag Luxury is a real estate development company with a primary focus on luxury hotels. She is also the Founder of The Friends Of New Yorkers For Children which support children in foster care through initiatives in education, mentoring, and career opportunities


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Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, Board Vice Chair

Director of Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative 

As director of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiatives , Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez leads national, state and local efforts to improve policies and practices to help ensure all young people have the opportunity to successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. She is known for addressing deep-rooted system challenges and understands the importance of working with diverse stakeholders across the communities being served.


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Amy Crate, Board Vice Chair

Amy Crate has been involved  with New Yorkers For Children since 2003 and served  as Co-Chair of the Program Committee.  Amy was Director of Marketing and Communications for fashion designer Zac Posen, where she developed strategic co-branded partnerships and was responsible for all marketing, events and public relations initiatives. McFarland graduated cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.