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Citizens' Committee For Children Of New York

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children's Rights, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services

Mission: Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-issue child advocacy organization known for strong analytic work, community engagement and fact-based advocacy. Since our founding in 1944 by a group of prominent New Yorkers including Eleanor Roosevelt, CCC has focused on ensuring that all children are healthy, housed, educated and safe.

Results: By working both independently and in collaboration with colleagues, we have successfully advocated for:

· New York City's Earned Income Tax Credit and the first local Child Care Tax Credit in the country;

· Green Cart legislation that added fresh produce vendors to food deserts across the city;

· Pre-Kindergarten for every 4-year-old, and high quality affordable child care for as many families as possible;

· Strengthening and expanding access to Newborn Home Visiting;

· Breakfast in the Classroom for 500+ elementary schools and universal free lunch for all city public schools;

· Additional Family Court judges to address court delays for thousands of children and families across the state;

· Raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State;

· Restoring and baselining funds to protect abuse and neglect prevention; and

· Historic investments in community-based mental health services.

Target demographics: All children in New York, especially the nearly 500,000 children who live in poverty in New York City and face multiple barriers to well-being.

Geographic areas served: New York

Programs:

· Keeping Track of New York City's Children, the most extensive evergreen database available on the status of the city's nearly 2 million children, which informs our priorities and is used extensively by parents, professionals, government officials and others to understand and improve the lives of New York City's children.

· Innovative child advocacy courses like our Community Leadership Course for adults, and YouthActionNYC for high school students, and e-advocacy tools and policy briefings that reach tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers annually, helping them to understand the issues and what they can do to help children.

· Research, analysis and advocacy across many issue areas, including community and child welfare, early care and education, financial and food stability, health and mental health, housing and homelessness, and juvenile justice and youth. We study children’s issues deeply, conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses of neighborhoods, State and City budgets, and programs that serve children and families.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCC is totally non-political with only the welfare of children in mind. They are laser-focused on benefitting New York's children by providing public education, amassing amazing statistics on a bi-annual basis and active lobbying in New York City and Albany. In these efforts, CCC engages a cross-section of volunteers who assist in it's research, lobbying and data collection. They also sponsor a training program for citizens who wish to join them in their quest. This includes a youth edition of the program to bring high schoolers into the effort. The energy of these young people also energizes the entire organization. This is the most focused and efficient non-profit I have ever encountered.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCC's child advocacy is peerless. Using fact-based data and analysis, they advocate for so many programs and policies that fundamentally change and better outcomes for the 400,000 NYC children living in poverty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCC's advocacy is important and effective, like their recent work on pay parity for early childhood educators in community-based organizations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with CCC since 1998 and a staunch supporter of their work.
CCC has be in the forefront of child advocacy for nearly 75 years. Their efforts make the case for policies, programs and budgets that improve the lives of New York’s children and supports and strengthens families.
Equally important to CCC is community education for both adults and youth.
They believe in training the community to be effective advocates through it’s Child Advocacy Course and YouthAction NYC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks are truly fighting the good fight. Future-proofing our world through the youth leaders of tomorrow. Thank you from all of us!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic staff, esp. Laura, who empower children to help feed, educate and improve the lives of the underprivileged in NYC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last school year, I volunteered with CCC to do a 10-week long research project about the children of New York City. This program helped me to develop my research and presentation skills, and also allowed me to meet other students from all around New York City. I enjoyed working with CCC and I believe that they are working for a great cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCC provides key advocacy and advocacy training so that New York can better serve its children, and active New Yorkers can do their part effectively. Its staff are skilled, passionate and dedicated, and its programs pay dividends to our community. CCC's work today positively impacts our City for generations to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Citizens' Committee For Children does is truly inspiring and impactful. I've been lucky enough to play a small role in their mission by creating videos for a few of their campaigns. In each instance they are speaking out for those who are not heard in defense of both their rights and justice. In a city as large as New York and with the sheer number of children in the cities care, it is essential work that CCC does to protect and advocate for the young people in our communities.

1 Dequan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with CCC has been more significant to my life than I imagined when I signed up for the 2012 cohort of the Youth Action Leadership program in high school. I exercised skills of collaboration, research, and presentation while learning about the processes and figures of child advocacy and law. I'm eternally grateful for what I've learned as it prepped me for my future career as a teacher and mentor. I joyously nominated one of the students at my high school for this great opportunity because of her love for law and criminal justice and she returns every week with nothing but rapturous reports of her findings with Laura and her team. CCC has not only prepared me for my career and, I'm realizing now, mediated my first child advocacy, they stayed with me post-grad and kept up with me and my career goals. I can't say enough about all the amazing things they do for the children and adults of New York City.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CCC is an amazing organization that we need now more than ever. The work they do with youth and civic engagement is life changing on so many levels. I've seen many students come out of their programs and pursue child advocacy in their own careers as they graduate and go to college. It's truly amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love CCC; teaching youth how help the underprivileged in our city with public policy is a great way to teach responsible citizenship and civic engagement. As a former volunteer with YCLC, I was exposed to opportunities I would have never otherwise had- like visiting a homeless shelter and speaking with the people who run it as well as visiting City Hall to speak to the mayor's office on how to improve the state of family homelessness in NYC. Overall, a great experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CCC is a wonderful organization doing incredible work in NY (and the organization has a fantastic leadership team).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is doing really well with their Youth Community Leadership Course program. I'm one of the youth working with them and they are fantastic. They create lesson plans that really help us understand what is happening in our communities. The advisors are also very welcoming and warm. They make all the youth comfortable

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've was with CCC when I was in high school and it was an amazing experience. it was something that I wish I took more advantage of today, being that I am more immersed in the world now that I'm an adult. But it feels good to know that as a teenager I took part in trying to make a change for children.

1 Hakeem E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An extraordinary place for youth and civil engagement, and overall child welfare.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work this organization does is truly astounding work. I can't thank Laura enough for the services she provides to the youth of our city. Thank you!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CCC as a volunteer and board member for over 20 years. When I first took the Community Leadership Course in 1997, it truly changed my life. It opened my eyes to the great need for advocacy on behalf of New York City's children. CCC is unique in that its approach to child advocacy is fact based and combines the best features of public policy advocacy with a tradition of citizen activism.
I have also been most fortunate to be involved with the Youth Leadership Course, a 10 week advocacy training course for NYC high school students, which CCC offers twice a year. Our students come with the desire to be citizen activists, and our course provides them with the skills to turn that desire into advocacy. Thanks to CCC, its incredible staff and volunteers, we are able to give these young New Yorkers a foundation for becoming future child advocates.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a great supporter of CCC. Their multi-issue approach, effective advocacy for children, and sophisticated research are so impressive. I've been involved with the organization since 2000, volunteering with the youth program, the adult program, and various task forces. i would definitely give them five stars.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CCC does an amazing job of raising (and advocating for) sensible and critical policy changes that are based on data and essential for protecting children and families in NY. And they do it independently - without accepting any government funding.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of CCC. CCC's advocacy efforts are directed at serving those without a voice of their own - families and children living in poverty in New York. I took their Community Leadership Class and my high school aged daughter took their Youth Action course. The CLC offers an incredible survey of the issues facing families and children living in poverty in New York, along with the services that are available to help them. I have remained active with CCC as a donor and on their Advocacy Council. The professionals at CCC are incredibly talented with unparalleled experience in the field and unmatched dedicated to their constituents. Most important for their advocacy efforts, they come armed with facts and data which they compile in their Keeping Track Surveys and Database. This is as smart and impactful an organization as your will find in the universe of not for profits. I wish I could them give more than 5 stars.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and served on the board of CCC for over 20years because of its unique partnership of professionals and volunteers who successfully advocate for sound public policy concerning children and families based on rigorously gathered data (see its respected Keeping Track online and in print), it’s education of public officials and the public (see its Community Leadership Course) and unwavering independence. CCC believes every child deserves to be healthy, housed, educated and safe and has been speaking for voiceless families for over 70years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with CCC for many years.... beginning with taking their extraordinary Community Leadership Course. That course was perhaps the most comprehensive and professional 10 week course I’ve ever taken. We learned to be child advocates and were introduced to the many issues facing children and families in need in NYC, including child welfare, juvenile justice, health and mental health, homelessness, education, financial stability and healthy, affordable food. The work of CCC and the professional staff continues to provide oversight and needed fact based data to the NYC community and by example beyond. As a volunteer I’ve been given the tools needed to raise my voice on behalf of New York City’s children. No nonprofit advocates for Children more effectively than CCC.

2 Elaine K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the Board of this non profit so I am engaged with members and staff alike. I have never been with a group who works so cohesively together to promote the mission of keeping children, safe, housed, healthy and educated. Citizens Committee for Children of New York recommends to the city and state policies and budgets based on research and fact to make life better for NYC children. It is also a bipartisan organization .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this amazing organization about 6 years ago through a friend and am forever grateful. Through their Community Leadership Couse I was able to see the many disparities and challenges facing our communities, families and our most vulnerable- our children.
CCC checks off all the boxes for a great organization- caring, effective leadership, adherence to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, and has the respect it deserves from other not for profits and partners and proudly accepts no government funding. As such, it relies on private philanthropy and foundation support to achieve it's mission.
I am so proud to be associated with this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCC is an outstanding organization which uses public data to analyze the public government data to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each neighborhood in NYC. They then share this information broadly in the Annual Keeping Track report that is used by foundations, non-profits and individuals to understand the challenges faced by children and families living in NYC. They also use the information to lobby on behalf of children and families for greater investment of state and local government funds to help solve systemic problems in New York City. The Community leadership Course provides an extraordinary education about the challenges faced by children and families in NY and the state of non-profits city wide and the work they are doing to assist these families.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My introduction to CCC was in 2004. Since then, I have admired & learned from expert staff and devoted volunteers. Well organized, effective leadership promoting child well being. CCC shares the data and how to use it, with social welfare partners, community orgs, foundations and government. Informed budgeting in Albany for better outcomes in NYC. A unique, engaged and well governed board. DATA.CCCNEWYORK.ORG.
They are all OUR children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been extremely involved at CCC for nearly 20 years as a volunteer and Board member. I am continually impressed and awed by the quality of work CCC puts out and its outstanding staff and volunteer partnership. I took the leadership course, which is a special, one-of-a-kind advocacy training program. CCC's Keeping Track database is also a fantastic, essential resource for advocates and child-serving professionals in New York City and beyond. CCC's unique calling card is its longtime staff/volunteer partnership, enabling the organization to use fact-based advocacy to make indelible differences in the lives of New York's children. I am proud to be a part of CCC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and Board member for many years because CCC is an incredibly effective voice for NYC children and families. With a small expert staff and citizen volunteers, CCC uses fact based advocacy to improve policies in every area--health, education, juvenile justice, child welfare, child care, income support, food security among others. CCC is known for its sophisticated data analysis (Keeping Track online), leadership courses and ability to convene effective coalitions to foster positive change for children. A recent win is "Raise the Age," increasing the age of criminal responsibility. CCC's mission is to to ensure that every child is Healthy, Housed, Educated and Safe and the organization works tirelessly to do this.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fact based advocacy for NYC children and families: budget analysis, leadership courses, Keeping Track-sophisticated data analysis. Recent win-Raise the Age.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CCC does tremendous work for children in NYC.... not only collecting vital data on the status of children welfare but also doing invaluable advocacy work. They offer an incredibly informative lead shop course to help engage New Yorkers on pertinent issues facing the cities children and through the course help train future leaders. They also offer a course for High School students. I have been volunteering with them a few years and it is incredibly rewarding while also being continually eye opening of the work that needs to be done!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CCC fights hard every day to make life better for children. Using facts, fueled by service and focused on action, CCC delivers.
I’ve been hooked on CCC for decades, first as staff and now as donor, advisor and colleague. CCC puts mind and muscle to work for kids and it’s not shy about showing up or taking a stand. If you are looking for an organization that will convert your passion, energy or resources into concrete gains for children, check out CCC. You won’t be disappointed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to CCC for many years and just completed the Community Leadership Course. The CLC was incredible and exceeded my highest expectations. It made clear to me how essential CCC's work is and how professionally they do it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took the leadership course at CCC a few years ago and it changed my life. I became much more aware of the issues facing the children of NYC. Sine then I have joined the advocacy counsel . In my role I have attended rallies, gone to Albany to advocate on behalf of children's issues and attended educational lectures. CCC is an amazing non-partisan organization that simply wants to aid children. I am proud to be a part of it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with CCC for over 25 years and feel tremendous pride in the crucial work and accomplishments of this unique organization. I took CCC's Community Leadership Course which educates New Yorkers on all the systems impacting NY's children and families and helps every participant become an informed and active citizen. It changed my life as it gave me the tools and community to fight for those most vulnerable. CCC provides both in book form and online Keeping Track of NY's Children which is the largest fact based data source on NYC's children living in all 5 boroughs which has become an amazing resource for me. As a Board Member and active volunteer, I feel like I've been a participant and voice as CCC has effectively secured services for children and families living in homeless shelters, has led the efforts to Raise the Age so 16 and 17 year olds are no longer treated automatically as adults in the juvenile justice system, fought state budget cuts to child welfare services, has saved after school and summer slots for middle-school children, secured state and city funding to protect and expand access to young child and adolescent mental health services, and has educated and mobilized thousands of New Yorkers like me to work on all these issues as well as food security, healthcare, gun violence, and so much more. I've spent time in Albany and City Hall, at rallies and policy meetings. CCC is inclusive, functioning as a professional/volunteer partnership to keep all our voices strong to make our city a better place to be a child.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I initially became aware of CCC as a resource supporting children and families through its invaluable resource, "Keeping Track," which provides a phenomenal, interactive data set, I joined the impressive CCC volunteer ranks in 2000 through its truly unparalleled Community Leadership Course. Subsequently, in partnership with CCC's fabulous full-time staff, I have attended very effective meetings with public officials to help support the organization's work and to advocate for NYC's children. CCC is remarkable in its effectiveness to stay true to its mission advocating for children and is long overdue for recognition!

3 Nancy H.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

The CCC Community leadership training program got me started on a lifetime of volunteering for issues facing NYCity children and others too often neglected. That was 60 years ago so it’s long past time to honor CCC