Over the last 20 years, the Children’s Defense Fund-New York Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program has transformed young lives and emboldened youth on their path into adulthood. We are grateful to all who have supported this program over the years and honored to have played a part in amplifying the strength and talent of our Beat the Odds® scholars and advocates.
We are retiring the Beat the Odds® brand, but not our commitment to the countless young people who are beating the odds every day. In collaboration with our national team, we will spend this year exploring how we can propel upcoming generations into successful futures with a new program under a new name to be announced in early 2023. This bold undertaking is a part of our larger commitment to developing the next generation of youth leaders and organizers.
To our current Beat the Odds® Scholars and Advocates: Our commitment to you is unwavering. We will honor all current commitments and continue to support you in your journey to and through college.
To our Beat the Odds® Alumni: You are forever a part of our CDF family. We will honor all current commitments and continue to support you in your personal and professional journeys. You are forever a part of our CDF family. We look forward to staying in touch and to celebrating with you at our Fall 2022 CDF-NY Gala.
To our partners and donors: We are excited about our new, evolved youth leadership development and organizing efforts. It may look a bit different than in years past, but these innovations and developments will propel us ahead in equipping the next generation of child advocates with the necessary resources. We hope that you will continue to remain committed to investing in New York youth through CDF-NY’s leadership development and organizing programming. We look forward to celebrating and sharing stories of resiliency with you at our CDF-NY Gala this fall.
At our 2022 CDF-NY Gala this coming fall, we will look back on over 20 years of the Beat the Odds® program in New York and celebrate the successes of our scholars and alumni. We will share highlights of our local organizing and advocacy efforts and youth leadership and advocacy development programs. Check back for more details as we set a date for our 2022 Gala. We hope you will join us in celebrating these remarkable youth who, despite facing insurmountable adversities, have remained steadfast in their pursuit of their dreams.
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Meet our Honorees
Ashlyn Cruz (2018)