Once a grassroots initiative focused specifically on protecting and uplifting foster youth in Queens County, New York, The Jamel Robinson Child Welfare Reform Initiative today is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to educating, advocating for, and empowering all at-risk youth and the adults that nurture their potential.
Our goal? To prevent homelessness and recidivism while promoting: self-sufficiency and independence, responsibility and accountability, community integration, outreach and volunteerism.
United We Serve Initiative Service Is Key
Click here for more information about our initiative to mobilize youth, children and families in southeast Jamaica, Queens.
Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor of the City of New York
"Since it's establishment, The Jamel Robinson Child Welfare Reform Initiative has been a committed advocate for children in our foster care system. Through, its work with government agencies and its support of youth in foster care, this organization has helped to improve their lives and broaden their chances for success."
Black Tie International The BBF Urban Hero Awards
Congratulations to our CEO on being honored by the Book Bank Foundation with the Urban Hero Award for his commitment and dedication for fighting for those without a voice. He was recognized for his continued support of youth within the N.Y. Foster care system. ... READ MORE
William Scarborough State Assemblyman, 29th AD
Chair, New York State Standing Committee on Children & Families
"Jamel Robinson is a young man who experienced some of the worst aspects of our foster care system, and seeks to change it for others. His Child Welfare Reform Initiative is evidence of his commitment and has had a positive impact on many lives."
Queens Chronicle Crusade for NYC foster kids
After spending 21 years in New York City's child welfare system, one young man has decided to stand up and fight for a cause he believes has fallen by the wayside during the last two decades in New York City... READ MORE
Glenn Toby Celebrity sports agent, Philanthropist, & Founder of The Book Bank Foundation
"Jamel is evidence that our youth plays a sig- nificant role in the enrichment of our community. For a young man raised in the foster care system to become such a great voice for the abused and underprivileged within the same system, not only is heroic but an ultimate act of selfless service to the community.
A Special Thanks To All Of Our Generous Sponsors.
Collaboration is essential to the
execution of our programs and activities. We are tremendously grateful to all of our program partners, in-kind and financial supporters, and volunteers, without which our work would not be possible. We would like to publicly thank you for your incredible generosity and support of our work.
Video: Know Your Rights Event Click here to watch the video from the Know Your Rights event at York College.
Education is key in aiding the formerly incarcerated in their process to rehabilitation.
Easing Barriers to Rehabilitation Click here to view photos from the Know Your Rights launch event.
An initiative designed to ease barriers to rehabilitation for the formerly incarcerated.
Radio Interview Power 105.1 Click here to listen to Jamel's interview on Power 105.1's Power on the Block.
Jamel discusses the foundation, it's inspiration and the goals for the future.
Restoring Hope Through Service Click here to view photos from the United We Serve Initiative.
A city-wide launch event to implore civic engagement.
News Clipping Click here to see the news clipping about our Family and Friends Day.
A day of service, fun, unity and
A Sustained Effort Click here to view photos from the United We Serve Initiative, the work continues...
When the community serves, it strengthens the cords of unity.
News Profile Click here to see the profile on our CEO from the Southeast Queens Press.
An article highlighting the climb of Jamel Robinson.
Covenant House Service Event Click here to view photos from the Covenant House service event.
To commemorate National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.