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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Fresh Youth Initiatives’ mission is to engage youth in positive, community-building activities while guiding and supporting them through childhood and adolescence. Located in Washington Heights, our programs introduce students to college, careers, and community service while helping them to navigate three key life transitions: immigration, middle school to high school, and high school to college. We envision this community of Latino youth as successful, healthy, lifelong learners with access to post-secondary education and a strong sense of citizenship and self-identity.

Results: Last year, 90% of FYI'ers passed to the next grade level in school; 150 middle and high school students volunteered 16,000 hours of service to their community. 95% of FYI high school seniors graduate and enroll in college.

Target demographics: We support 600 Latino youth to become avid learners, confident leaders, and to succeed on a healthy journey to adulthood.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500 Washington Heights youth in grades K through 12 by providing academic, cultural, social, and recreational programs and activities.

Geographic areas served: NYC

Programs: (1) The Welcome Program for 120 immigrant/1st generation children in grades K-5 that develops students’ reading and writing skills by engaging them in literacy activities with multicultural and multilingual literature; (2) afterschool programs for middle school and high school students that develop leadership skills while supporting their path to college; (3) Summer Day Camps for grades K-5 and 6-8 that focus on supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development; (4) Summer Job Training for youth ages 16-24

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is an incredible organization that truly cares about every individual that walks through their doors. Sincerity and authenticity run through FYI and it doesn't take more than one visit to see it. In my experience, it is rare to find a nonprofit that runs as fluidly as FYI!

1 Paola P.

Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is a great organization that has been a pleasure to work for. You can see their commitment to the youth they serve as well as the commitment to the staff. FYI makes all members ( whether staff, interns or students) feel part of a family.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is awesome! They have provided me an opportunity of a lifetime of learning and working with an amazing community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a mentor to my "mentee" for almost 20 years. FYI matched me with an 11yo girl when I was in my early 20's and we've been part of each other's lives ever since. She's now a 30 yo successful attorney, happily married and such a "success story." FYI was a wonderful organization to work with. They do do honest, salt-of-the-earth development with the kids, and I love that the kids have to "earn" a mentor through their community service. Highly recommend.

1 Majj F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when I first joined FYI in 1998 I was eager to help my community any way possible and to be able to do that with awesome people by my side made it all the better. The friendships I made and the lessons I learned on life and humility have stuck with me all these years I can't wait for my daughter to join FYI and follow in my footsteps as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

fyi is such an amazing its like why is their no 6 star
what keeps me coming is that all my friends are here and we enjoy every single second at fyi

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with FYI as a homework helper last fall. Sadly, my work schedule no longer allows for the afternoon commitment, or else I'd still be going each week! The team there is truly dedicated to their many students; each student is truly supported and encouraged. The many programming offerings at FYI also allow it so that all the kids find something they love to focus on, no matter what their interests are. I was blown away by the growth and talent I saw from the students each week. I look forward to getting involved again in the future!

1 Derek14

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my second home. FYI helped me learn English and this is really helped me do well in school to. We all treat our self like brother and sister FYI IS THE BEST PROGRAM EVER.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I LLLOVE TIS TIS PROGRAM THIS IS THE BEST PROGRAM IN HISTORY OF PROGRAMS. I LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOVE IT HERE WE TREAT EACH OTHER LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER SOMETIMES WE ARGUE BUT ITS ALL RIGHT FYI FRESH YOUTH INITIATIVES

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its the best program eeeeeee-vvvvvvv-rrrrrrr . you should come. FYI ROCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. ITs the BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT