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21 W 86th St Bsm2 New York NY 10024 USA


DFOY works with young people to improve their life skills and change their communities. We work in the worst schools, the most distressed neighborhoods, with the students most in need. We provide leadership, inspiration and exposure to role models, college campuses,and a global worldview.


Dfoy's mission is to engage young people as partners in their own development as they seek to become thriving, self-sufficient adults and change agents within their local and global communities. This is achieved through the programs offered, such as the out of school time, the beacon community centers, and the tasc funded 21st century programs.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

I have quietly observed this program for 5 years. It is filled with family hiring family from the top to the bottom. Workers have no interest in helping kids learn and their idea of teaching is not realistic. I have seen them google information to pass on to the children. There is always a budget problem with some sites but not others. Someone should really check were their money is, because thay are always asking for donations but don't use it on the kids. This program needs to be investigated.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Directions for Our Youth, or DFOY as it's called is a remarkable organization! I have worked with other groups that serve children and communities, but DFOY is different because of their passion. Every person on board cares about the children so much, and treats them like family.

The annual events in the schools are spectacular; such as the haunted house, for Halloween, the fashion and talent shows, and Winter Holiday celebration where Santa arrives bearing gifts for every single child.

Simply said, I love DFOY!

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how much they care about the children!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them in more schools around the city.

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