What We Do:

The Change for Kids community works together to allow young people to see themselves in the future with unlimited options. CFK School Managers, in partnership with principals, teachers, and CFK leadership, identify the needs of each CFK partner school.

Together, we provide and manage a mix of resources, including leadership support; academic enrichment and engagement programs; volunteers; corporate sponsors; school community support; and custom programming.

 

Our mission is to create opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequity.

We provide critical supports, experiences, and access so kids in New York City public schools can reimagine their possibilities and overcome inequity.

Our Values

Our Change for Kids values act as a compass for how we work together across our entire community.

We Are:

Responsive:

We understand and actively address the evolving needs of our diverse community.

Resourceful:

We are creative thinkers who take the initiative to maximize our impact.

Collaborative:

We foster a respectful environment and enjoy working together because we believe that yields the best possible outcomes.

Continuously Improving:

We reflect on what we have achieved in order to adapt, grow and reach higher standards.

Optimistic:

We see challenges as opportunities for change.

Our Culture

With a mission to create opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequity, it’s critical for Change for Kids to be a place where our purpose and our practices are consistently hand-in-hand. We believe the future depends on it. That’s why our culture is defined primarily by being youthful, vibrant, inclusive, and committed to real change for kids.

At CFK, we are do-ers who are team players; we’re curious, thoughtful, deliberate, passionate, and determined. While we work hard, we are colleagues who care for each other and make each other laugh every day. We invite you to come have fun with us.

People

Meet the people whose passion, creativity, and commitment make a difference for our partner schools.

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Kevin Ervin

Executive Director

Kevin has dedicated his life to leveling the playing field for kids by providing meaningful change to organizations like GLOW Renaissance Youth Center, and public sector service at the NYC Dept of Education.

An accomplished musician and music producer, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from Northeastern University, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from New York University. As Executive Director of Change for Kids, he has bolstered the vision and mission of the organization, and is leading the charge to create opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequity.

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Zareta Ricks

Senior Director of Programming & Innovation

Previously the Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategies, and, prior to that, School Manager at Change for Kids, Zareta is thoroughly dedicated to building a community of trust and collaboration between our organization and school communities, students, and their families. Prior to working with CFK, she spent three years as the founding parent coordinator at a new elementary school in East New York, Brooklyn. Before that Department of Education role, Zareta worked in the fashion industry as a corporate Operations Manager.

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Marissa Jones

Chief of Staff

Marissa has a history of working with youth in crisis as well as teens involved in the juvenile justice system, and has worked as a residential counselor in both New York and Massachusetts. She is a CFK “boomerang employee,” meaning she left the organization yet was compelled to return! Now in the role of Chief of Staff, she previously held Business Development & Special Projects Manager roles, and has lent her considerable expertise across every department. Prior to joining Change for Kids, Marissa worked in advertising sales at Yelp. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, where she studied performance art, critical theory, and gender studies.

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Rebecca Bachman

Associate Director of Development and Events

With the ever-present motivation to help others driving her, Rebecca’s career has been entirely focused on not-for-profit organizations making an important difference in the world. Prior to joining Change for Kids almost five years ago, Rebecca worked as the Grants and Operations Assistant at The Natan Fund, a giving circle foundation in NYC. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Brandeis University where she majored in sociology and education studies with a minor in Social Justice and Social Policy. She completed the Avodah Justice Fellowship in June 2018 and currently sits on the Brandeis Alumni Board as one of the National Young Alumni Co-chairs.

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Nicole Favard

Associate Director of School Management

Before joining Change for Kids, Nicole previously worked at Graham Windham Services for Families and Children for more than seven years. During that time, she held several positions including Socio-Therapist, Behavioral Specialist, Case Planner, and Foster Parent Support Coordinator. Nicole taught at Hanover and Milestone School for Child Development, where she worked with both special and general education students. Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle and a dual Masters of General and Special Education; she also holds a number of certifications within child welfare.

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Monica Trausch

Operations Manager

Prior to joining Change for Kids, Monica worked as an English teacher in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as well as various roles within the non-profit theater and film industries. She is also a screenwriter and playwright whose work has been produced at many independent theaters in New York City and Los Angeles. She holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Writer’s Foundry.

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Adrian Wright

Communications & Special Projects Associate

Adrian is thrilled to be making use of his considerable communications and marketing skills to positively impact early child education in New York City communities. A New York City native, Adrian was the Director of Photography for Flight Club and managed social media for West Elm Chelsea prior to joining CFK. He attended BMCC and majored in Applied Science and Business Management.

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Yvette Mosely

School Manager

Prior to joining Change for Kids, Yvette Mosley worked at Catholic Charities MOSAIC Beacon as an Outreach Coordinator and Leadership Development teacher for the teen program. She was a key contributor and advocate for the college readiness initiative while spearheading parent engagement workshops. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Studies & Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs & Administration from the Metropolitan College of New York. In addition, she has earned a number of certifications from the Department of Youth and Community Development.

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Shanise Alleyne

School Manager

Before joining Change For Kids, Shanise worked for Millennium Development, a non-profit organization servicing youth through NYC Department of Youth & Community Development programs such as COMPASS and Cornerstone. She held several positions including Program Aid, Program Director, as well as Program Supervisor. Previously Shanise was in the role of Community School Director at a middle school in Staten Island. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology, as well as a MBA, from the University of Bridgeport.

Board of Directors
  • Natalie Auerbach
  • Chair
  • Lisa Bernstein
  • Vice-Chair
  • Sara Hinkle
  • Vice-Chair
  • Kristin Black
  • Secretary
  • Terrence McLean
  • Treasurer
  • Zach Barratt
  • Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
  • Kevin Hammond
  • Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
  • Karen Epstein
  • Governance Chair
  • Robin Davson
  • Programs Committee Chair
  • Nicolas Koechlin
    Board Chair Emeritus
  • Julia Bechtolsheimer
  • Maya Burgos
  • Laura Farah
  • Florence Faucon
  • Louise Phillips Forbes
  • Peter Herzberg
  • Ed Napper
  • Bronwen Smith
  • Colin Smith
  • Sheila Spence
  • Drew Skelton
Board of Advisors
  • Ethan Auerbach
  • Rich Canning
  • Ryan Hinkle
  • Lisa Kalhans
  • Niklas Kloepfer
  • Joseph Tansey
  • Jenn Wild
Advisory Council
  • Meredith Coburn
  • Harald Collet
  • Stacey Griffith
  • Steve Guerrini
  • Matt Krieg
  • Sarah Novatt
  • Noah Waisbrot
  • Whitney Wortman
Junior Board
  • Marc Andrusko
  • Maya Bakhai
  • Sebastian Baquerizo
  • Samantha Bosin
  • Tamika Covington
  • Steven DiMilia
  • Minela Feratovic
  • Thomas Gunton
  • Nealy Hale
  • Meredith Hightower
  • Jordan Holand
  • Suraj Jain
  • Alex Kanter
  • Gregory Knight
  • Rebecca Mandel
  • Meghan McCarthy
  • Claire Molinaro
  • Rob Narayana
  • Hayley Orcutt
  • Santiago Quinones
  • Alexandria Ramos
  • Santiago Rivera
  • Cassie Rolinck
  • Julia Schmidtt
  • Hayley Vecchio
  • Chris Vecchio

If you're passionate about education, eager to help NYC elementary school students reimagine their possibilities and give them the tools necessary to overcome inequity, we'd love to get to know you.

Don't see anything right for you? Check back often; in the meantime, please consider volunteering. It's a great way to get to know us and our schools.