America Needs You
We fight for economic mobility for first-generation college students. We do this by providing mentorship and career development.
Since 2009, ANY has been improving college completion and employment rates for first-generation college students. The agency was founded on the belief that socio-economic status should not be a barrier to college persistence and career success. Robert Reffkin, a former appointee to the NYC Workforce Investment Board and two-time appointee to the NYC Board of Education Panel for Educational Policy, recognized the incredible unmet need for mentorship and career preparation for low-income students, particularly those who are the first in their families to go to college. Compelled to action, Robert founded ANY (formerly New York Needs You) in 2009 to mobilize a movement of young, professional volunteers to assist these students in rising above their circumstances. After successful and sustained results in New York, ANY expanded to New Jersey in 2012, Illinois in 2015, and California in 2016.