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Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   40 reviews 2,728

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth

Address:

505 W. 171st Street New York NY 10032 USA

Mission:

FYI's mission is to engage youth in positive, community-building activities while guiding and supporting them through adolescence.

Target demographics:

youth

Direct beneficiaries per year:

335 young people in Washington Heights develop their potential

Geographic areas served:

NYC

Programs:

(1) Afterschool program; (2) Welcome Program for recently arrived immigrant youth; (3) Community Service Learning Program; (4) Summer Camp; (5) Summer Job Training

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212-781-1113
http://www.freshyouth.org/

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Reviews for Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

lo que me gusta de fyl es que nos yudan sienpre
y me gusta como nos tratan me gusta los programas que eyos asen tanbien me gusta cuando nos yeban al parque y me gusta las comidas que asen me gusta como yerry nos trata todos me gustaria que ubiera algo de musica pero esta bien el programa es bueno y me gusta mucho a los que no estan se lo recomiendo mucho.


-yulenny blanco gracias

 
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fyi is the best because we have a lot of fun. The staff do a lot of fun things like go to the park and if you what to come to this program to see all things that the lovely staff do you can talk to Jerry. thanks

-jorgely tejada

 
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this program is the best you always have lots of fun they help us with the math and much much more other stuff we do tons of projects and met new people

 
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I come to this program because I get to meet other people. To me it is a second home to me an i have been here for 3 years.

 
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I always have a lot of fun at FYI. I see my friends in the afternoon here. It is an awesome organization and place. I have met tons of great people here.

 
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FYI played a major role in my life. I started at 10 Years old and now that I'm 27 I am still using the skills they taught me. I learned about responsibility and professionalism. I also learned how to be a good citizen in my community and the importance to serve.

 
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My story with FYI began back in 1999. It was the height of my career with no time to spare but I knew I needed to balance my life and do something to give back to others. I found FYI and was attracted to them due to their model of implementing community service into their program. I was first matched with a girl who was struggling and surrounded by walls she had built to protect her heart. It took months to get her to trust me, but she finally did. It was a special friendship and sadly changed when she moved to MA. I continued to stay in touch and went up to visit her periodically. FYI asked me if I was ready to be matched again to which I was certainly was. This time, the match was flawless. Here I was thinking I was giving back and doing something for someone else when I met my new mentee. She was going thru so very much in her life but she was hungry. Hungry for love and adventure, to learn and to be exposed. She was 11 and trying to find her way in a tough world. We spent every Saturday together, walking Central Park with my dog (she LOVED dogs) and talking. She came to the magazine I worked for and saw a life she could never have imagined. We mostly did simple life things but I also took her to Radio City at Christmas and always celebrated her birthdays in a big way. Our most special adventure was a trip cross country. Wow, the talking and learning and sharing we did. She had big dreams and a bigger heart. I had a wonderful relationship with her Mom as we went along in co-raising this special girl. There were many hurdles and some big issues that came up in her life but her Mom knew I was there to help and always reached out for my input and assistance. Some tough conversations, some tough love and a whole lot of happiness and love given to her, she came through. She came through brighter than she should have, she came through with confidence and inspiration, she came through with a love of people and giving back and doing the right thing. I now have an 11 year old daughter and she has a baby. My friends all told me when I first talked about becoming a mentor that this was not a good time, I was so busy and stressed with my work - to look back at that time, my goal was attain balance in a busy world, the result was beyond any hope. I know I made a mark on my sweet girl as we are still just as close but, wow...did she sure make a mark on my life. By far, the greatest experience in humanity and love. Thank you FYI for being a part of my life. May you continue your great work with the support you need. I am always here to help in any way.

 
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I saw a group of FYI youth around the neighborhood painting a mural. I was impressed with the ways that the older kids and young kids worked together, you don't often see young people of different ages communicate like that. Clearly FYI is helping to make my neighborhood look better with their community service activities, and developing leadership qualities in their participants. Impressive

 
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FYI runs its program with integrity, passion, and creativity. The young people who participate provide so many different types of community service help to others in the neighborhood (seniors, the hungry, other youth) and in so doing help themselves grow and move forward. Every neighborhood and every city should such a high-quality and innovative youth organization.


- Andrew Rubinson

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Excellent organization that directly touches kids in the community with services and support. Helping kids who are some of New York's most vulnerable is an invaluable service that makes a real difference in their daily life.

 
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Volunteering with Fresh Youth Initiatives was a great experience for me and something not to be forgotten. The friendly environment and caring staff made the organization seem more like a second home instead of just an after school program. Without Fresh Youth Initiatives I would not be as respectful and learn to take responsibilities for the things that are important. This organization has been a major impact on who I am today and would recommend it to the youth.

 
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