Who We Are

Children of the City is the only grassroots, family development organization in New York City that utilizes home visits to connect individual children and families with the programs and resources to empower them with the skills to overcome poverty.

Based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Children of the City has been responding to the critical needs of families coping with trauma, academic frustration, drug abuse, delinquency and despair since 1981. Growing with the community is a priority for Children of the City. New programs are added reguarly to help families address crucial issues as they arise.

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After-school and summer programs

In-home counseling

Advocacy with state and city agencies

Legal guardianship

Trauma intervention

Youth mentoring

College-bound support

Parent workshops

Community and holiday events

Board of Directors


Joyce Mattera
Founder and Executive Director


Cliff Keeling

(Partner-Wealth and Legacy Group)

David Tyree

(Director of Player Engagement-New York Football Giants)

Richard Johnson

(Managing Director-Graham Capital)

Julia Masi


Vickie Del Toro

(Commercial Insurance-AIG Holding)

Joseph Travaglione

(Director – A. Parker Dental Studio)