Since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day has been observed throughout the world, inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. This year’s theme is ‘Inspiring Change’, and it encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere, in every way. In honor of this, First Republic Bank would like to share the perspectives of some of our exceptional women clients.
Susan Magazine has had a profound involvement in child welfare for many years. Starting out as a volunteer at an organization that focused on issues related to foster care and adoption, she has since gone on to work in various positions at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Magazine joined New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) in 2003, where she still works as the Executive Director.
WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
NYFC is a public-private partnership with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. We focus on young people in foster care and support programs that promote their paths to stable adulthood, through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults. I have been at NYFC for ten years and during that time we have developed and supported impactful programs for young people who are aging out, or have aged out, of foster care. Through initiatives such as the NYFC Guardian Scholars Program, the NYFC Back to School Package Program, and the Accelerated Career Training (ACT) program, New Yorkers For Children has worked to improve the prospects of individual youth and created the opportunity for systemic change.
IF YOU COULD TURN THE CLOCK BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE STARTING YOUR CAREER, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?
I think any advice I could give now to my younger self would not have been heeded. Wisdom comes from age and life experiences.
WHO HAS BEEN A ROLE MODEL TO YOU IN YOUR LIFE/CAREER AND WHY?
I have worked with incredible people in the child welfare community, both men and women. One person who has had tremendous influence on my life and my career is Nick Scoppetta. Nick was in foster care as a child and went on to have an amazing career, spending nearly five decades in city and federal government. Since he founded New Yorkers For Children with Susan Burden, Nick has been committed to connecting with youth on a personal level and guiding NYFC to have an impact on the child welfare system. He has provided support, both personally and professionally, and has encouraged me to trust myself and to challenge myself. I am fortunate to call him my friend.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR LEGACY TO BE?
That my own children grow up with passion for what they choose to do with their lives. I hope that I’m remembered as a mother who encouraged my children to follow their dreams, that not trying is worse than failure, and that helping another person is the greatest gift that you can give to yourself.
The views of the authors of these articles do not necessarily represent the views of First Republic Bank.