The Adams Street Foundation funds and implements high-quality, individualized programming and counseling for low-income, underserved high school students, to prepare them for success in college and career.

As the in-house, nonprofit partner of the Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice, ASF serves its students - the majority of whom live near or below the poverty line and will be the first in their family to go to college - by integrating pre-college enrichment, and college and career preparation into the school’s curriculum.

While public funding provides for the academic rigor that is a major component of SLJ’ssuccess, ASF offers critical experiences and opportunities outside the classroom that drive college readiness and are staples of more affluent school districts. The staff of ASF and SLJ work together to integrate programming and individually tailor it to the needs of the students they jointly serve.

ASF was incorporated in 2008, when the first SLJ class had reached its senior year. From our earliest days, we have created programming that targets the needs of the students and their families, and have constantly reevaluated and adapted them for efficacy and sustainability. 

ASF leverages ongoing partnerships with many organizations to further our work, because we know that we better serve our students in collaboration with the community. 

To reach the Adams Street Foundation, please contact Charon Darris, Executive Director, at 718-834-6716 or e-mail