A Critical Analysis of Change For Kids

by Ashley Talve

I was intrigued by CFK’s mission and decided to conduct a study of the organization for my graduate program at NYU. Now, I have the amazing opportunity to intern here this summer.

My interest in studying the organization Change for Kids stems from my unyielding commitment to provide every child with an excellent and equitable education. Change for Kids is a mission based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that not only understands the underlying issues and disparities of the public education system, but also, and more importantly, takes action through various approaches. The stated mission of Change for Kids (CFK) is “to create opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequality. We provide critical supports, experiences, and access so kids in New York City public schools can overcome inequity and reimagine their possibilities.” The wording around their mission is intentional; education reform has developed numerous buzz words such as “narrowing the achievement gap.” Yet, CFK understands that the inequality derives from an “opportunity” gap rather than a “achievement gap.” The mission and core values of CFK redirects the focus on the structural inequalities in society that creates barriers for children in low income communities and is aligned to their approach as an organization. CFK is an inspiring organization that is making real time change in the lives of children and families across NYC. Their wide range of programming around academic and social enrichment, strategic resource distribution, and community engagement has made a profound difference in the lives of children and families. While their approach is research based and constantly adapting to the needs of the community, with every organization, there is always room for improvement. With an analysis of purposeful conversations, detailed interviews, and thorough research on the organization, it is evident that Change for Kids is undoubtedly an exemplary non-profit, striving for a more just society for all. 

You can read the full paper I wrote for my course at NYU, here.

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