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Imagine a world where every child is encouraged and supported as they strive to reach their full potential. A world where their strengths are recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. A world where dreams are within their grasp.

Sadly, many children experience a different reality - one filled with negative labels and discouragement. It’s time to change this narrative and create a more hopeful future for our young people. It’s time to change the world for children in need.

At Northern Rivers, we understand the profound impact words can have on a child’s development. If they continue to hear people tell them they’re “bad,” “crazy,” or that their fate is set in stone, they’re going to internalize those judgments, believing them to be true. But by changing this approach, we can reshape their lives in extraordinary ways.

We firmly believe that each young person possesses untapped potential waiting to be unlocked. By focusing on their abilities, talents, and passions, while supporting them with our life-changing services, experience, and care, we empower them to discover their worth and find their own path to success.

Let us tell you about Alex, who is in our care. When Alex entered our care, they had been repeatedly told they were destined to fail due to their mental health and learning challenges, and they lost hope in their own potential. However, with the support of the caring staff at Northern Rivers, Alex felt supported, and took surprise and delight in being called a “natural storyteller” by a staff member. Alex felt empowered to explore their hidden talent for storytelling through art. By changing the conversation to focus on their abilities, Alex embraced their creative gifts, proudly displayed their work at an art exhibit last spring, and inspired their peers and staff alike to look for the positives in life. Alex is on track to graduate from our school in 2024. We cannot do this work alone.

We need your support to continue to transform lives. Your generous donation will help us continue to provide essential resources such as counseling, special education, residential, foster care, community connections, and crisis support to thousands of children in need. Together we can compound the impact of positivity and empowerment, and more, that will reverberate for generations to come.

Whether you contribute a small one-time gift or commit to a sustaining monthly donation, every contribution makes a significant difference. Your kindness will help us instill a sense of belief, resilience, and hope within the hearts of everyone we serve. Your donation is an investment in a person’s life, and even more, it’s an investment in a brighter and more compassionate world.

Together, we can create lasting change.

Proceeds to benefit Northern Rivers Family of Services. A copy of Northern Rivers’ latest financial report may be obtained, or requested, by contacting Northern Rivers Family of Services, 60 Academy Rd, Albany, NY 12208, or the from the NYS Attorney General’s Charity Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271.