The Loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an iconic figure, was the longest serving woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her brilliant mind and commitment to justice is an inspiration to all. Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and was only the second woman in U.S. history elevated to the high court.

Ginsburg began her legal studies at Harvard Law School, where she was one of just nine women in a class of about 500, and balanced her studies with taking care of her first child. A move by the family to Manhattan resulted in her completing her degree at Columbia Law School. She went on to have an impressive and legendary career. Ginsburg’s appointment to the Supreme Court resulted in her landmark opinions advancing gender equality, marriage equality, the rights of people with disabilities and the rights of immigrants. Ginsburg is cheered for her accomplishments as we mourn her loss. She will be missed.

Did You Know, September is Kinship Care Month

Relatives raising youth when parents are unable to, occurs more frequently then you might think.

It is estimated that nationally, there are 2.65 million children in kinship care.

To learn more about kinship care or if you know someone currently caring for youth whom is kin, who would be interesting in knowing more about available resources, click here.

Did You Know, September is Kinship Care month

Kinship Care refers to relatives raising kids when their parents aren’t able to. It is estimated that nationally, more than 2.65 million youth are in kinship care.

To learn more about kinship care, and Hope For Youth’s support of these families, click here.

Staff member, Tina Basile, is Hope For Youth’s Permanency Specialist exploring legal, financial, and permanency options with Suffolk County kinship families. Tina works to make sure families have the support they need to care for the children in their home and to help families understand their options in Family Court.

A Generous Donation for our Youth Shelter

Recently, members of Kings Park Scout troops 539G and 75 delivered a large collection of toiletries, flip flops, undergarments and socks, and hairbrushes. There was also a donation of gift cards! These needed and greatly appreciated items, are bound for our homeless/runaway youth shelter. HFY sends a BIG thank you to all the Scouts who collected these items, and used cash donations to purchase gift cards. Featured are the awesome Scouts Sebastian, Sury and Ashley

Foster Parent Orientation

Most months of the year, HFY offers an orientation on the process to becoming a foster parent. Though the delivery is now different, being that the orientations are conducted virtually, the need is still just as great.

We are actively seeking foster families for children of all ages, and sibling groups. Our next two virtual orientations are scheduled for September 30 and October 27. Start time will be 6:30 PM.

Please consider learning more about how you can open your heart and your home to a child in need on Long Island. Click here,, for registration and for contact information for any questions you might have. We hope to hear from you.

Repeat Post – Seeking Gift Card Donations

Hope For Youth is always in need of gift cards. Charitable donations of cards are used in a variety of ways; providing a residential home with dinner one evening for a treat, a birthday gift for a youth, an award to work toward by doing chores and household tasks, etc.

Generic gift cards such as Master Card or Visa are great but we can also always use cards for Target, Walmart and CVS.

Hope For Youth is dedicated to facilitating positive change in the lives of children, adolescents and families. The support of our community and local businesses is always appreciated, and assists us in enhancing the lives of youth in our care.

Rob & Ryan Legacy

Michelle Colvin on behalf of the Rob & Ryan Legacy recently delivered leather wallets, each with a gift card for Target and one for McDonalds. Michelle and family members of Rob and Ryan, and their networks, each year support HFY at back-to-school time. The donations are for our teen males, with the thought that the young men will begin the school year off with confidence; Confidence having been a strong trait of both Rob and Ryan. We send a BIG thank you to Michelle and Brittani and all the others whom created and support the Legacy and in turn, support HFY!

September – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone can be struggling with suicide.

Lifeline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

HFY’s Newest Community Partner

Allow us to introduce our newest community partner; For Good Realty. They are a family-owned and operated, boutique real estate firm assisting buyers and sellers of residential homes across Long Island and Queens.

They founded this company to accomplish two simple goals; To leverage their experience in real estate to provide the highest level of service to their clients and to give back to their communities. For Good Realty is a full-service RE agency of licensed, experienced professionals dedicated to tailoring personalized plans to our clients’ specific needs. They are passionate about giving back which is why they will be donating 5% of all commissions to a local charity of their clients’ choice.

Hope For Youth is lucky enough to have been selected as one of the local charities to select from! To For Good Realty, real estate is not just about buying and selling houses, it’s about relationships and improving the quality of life for their neighbors. Thank you For Good Realty, for recognizing it truly takes a village!!

Annual 5K Cancelled

The 2020 Run For Hope 5K, presented by Hope For Youth, has been canceled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 5K is held each year in support of our Runaway/Homeless Youth Shelter, with all proceeds from the Run directly benefitting the Shelter.

If you would like to make a donation, either financial or a donation-in-kind, in support of our homeless youth, please contact or call 631-782-6574.

We hope to be back in Heckscher State Park, running, in 2021!