Fiver Children's Foundation Overview
Target demographics: At - Risk, Low - Income children and their families in the New York area between the ages of 8 and 18.
Geographic areas served: New York City and Central New York State
Programs: Ten Year Commitment: Every year, 8-9 years olds are selected from partnering community based organizations to join the Fiver program. Children participate for 10 years free of charge. In addition to building character and developing leadership skills, Fiver is committed to helping every participant to graduate from high school. Fiver also supports each participant by creating an individualized, post-high school path to success. This path may include college, job training programs, or employment.Fiver Participants: All youth recruited into Fiver programs come from families eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Under these guidelines, a family of four must make less than $38,000 annually. Approximately 85% of the children and families live in New York City with the majority centralized in the neighborhoods of Fiver?s community partners: Mott Haven, East Harlem, Harlem, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Sunset Park, and East Flatbush. The remaining participants live in rural Madison County within 30 miles of our summer camp in Poolville, New York. Fiver currently serves 500 children. The Fiver program participants are 41% Hispanic or Latino, 34% African-American, 15% Caucasian, 8% multi-racial, and 2% Asian. Over 40% live in single parent homes and an additional 8% reside with other relatives or foster parents. Character Education: All participants are introduced to Fiver?s character education curriculum, The Whole Self Program, upon enrolling in Fiver. This curriculum is incorporated into all program areas throughout the ten years and helps create a culture of affirmation at Fiver. Through group activities, discussion, and individual goal-setting, the program promotes children?s understanding of and appreciation for the five qualities valued at Fiver: being a Friend, an Individual, a Valuable Team Player, an Environmentalist, and a Risk Taker. Developmental Stages: The Fiver children progress through the following four stages during their decade-long tenure, LEARN, TAP, LEAD and SERVE. LEARN (ages 8-12) participants focus on developing self confidence and broadening their perspective with regard to goals and dreams. TAP (ages 13-14) participants work on personal and academic preparedness for the journey through high school, the importance of giving back through community service, and lessons learned through team-building initiatives. LEAD (ages 15-16) participants perform individual and group community service projects, participate in ethical decision-making and wilderness survival classes, develop leadership skills, and focus on college and career preparation. The SERVE program (ages 17-18) is aimed at assisting with the final years of high school (college applications, financial aid, etc) and with the post-high school transition into college, job training programs, or careers.
In 2010, Social Impact Research, an independent research department of Root Cause, selected Fiver as 1 of 7 high-performing college access and success organizations in New York City.
Since 2000, 93% of program graduates have graduated from high school (a figure well beyond the 65 percent average of their New York City peers).
95% of those graduates have gone on to college, many being the first in their family to achieve this milestone.