Generation KTP

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A fellowship for young social entrepreneurs who seek to create transformative change in the lives of vulnerable children and families.   

What is Generation KTP?

The Children’s Aid Society is committed to helping our nation keep its promise. It is a simple promise, really: that in America, where you end up in life will not be determined by where you started; that your zip code should not define your destiny.  Each year, we are honored to work with thousands of children and families who are struggling to realize this promise in the face of often staggering odds.  We believe that there are dynamic young leaders from all walks of life that believe, as we do, that children deserve better.  Our goal is to recruit these young people who are interested in creating transformative change to improve the lives of those in need.  In fact, this program is called Generation Keeping The Promise or Generation KTP because we believe that it is this generation of young leaders who will not only shape the future of this country, but create the possibility of a world where no one is left behind, left back or left without.  Generation KTP is a summer fellowship program for high school students who possess a deep interest in community service, and embrace the possibility of a better tomorrow. 

The fellowship is designed to provide practical and engaging learning experiences for high school students.  Generation KTP welcomes the participation of youth with a broad range of personal interests and experiences.  It will take place for six weeks during the summer, and we propose that participating schools will provide community service credit to those students who complete the fellowship. 

  • Four days a week, Fellows will work directly with youth as staff in a Children’s Aid Society summer camp in upper Manhattan.  CAS operates a total of 20 camps in New York City and Westchester.  Fellows will work as a team, and will be scheduled at the camps where their time and investment is most needed.  It is likely that over the course of the summer, Fellows will visit as many as half of our camps in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
  • On Fridays, senior staff of The Children's Aid Society will lead seminars teaching Fellows about poverty and human services in New York City.  Fellows will learn from leaders in the field about such topics as foster care, school-based health care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, homelessness, nonprofit finance and management, education reform, Head Start, public advocacy and social innovations. 

Application Process

  • Applicants to Generation KTP will be required to submit an application by April 20, 2012
  • Applications can be submitted below
  • Following the submission, Children's Aid will confirm receipt of the application
  • All applicants will be notified of their enrollment status by May 7, 2012

Mission Statement

The mission of The Children’s Aid Society is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.  Since our founding in 1853, The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has been at the forefront of developing innovative and effective programs for New York City’s most vulnerable children.  The first free school lunch program, the first family foster care programs, the first industrial school for poor children, the first day care program for working mothers and the first visiting nurse service were all Children’s Aid initiatives. 

Becoming a Member of KTP

Once you have completed the screening process, you will be entered into our pool of applicants.  During this first year of our program, we intend to select no more than 20 applicants to be Fellows.  We’re looking for individuals with all of the following characteristics or traits:

  • Interest in social entrepreneurship and human services;
  • Commitment to participate consistently;
  • Leadership potential;
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges;
  • Respect for diversity;
  • Strong critical thinking skills; and a
  • High level of personal motivation 

For more information, please contact Gregory J. Morris, Associate Director of the Adolescent Services Division, 212-901-1967 or gmorris@childrensaidsociety.org.  Thank you.  

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