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Clearwater For Youth Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: The organization's primary mission is to help ensure no child is turned away from youth sports programs due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in the community and beyond by offering scholarship opportunities, grant programs and matching fund opportunities to area youth programs and participants in need. This is accomplished by following the philosophy of building character through sports and sharing efforts and resources with the city of clearwater, florida and nationally recognized local youth sports programs.

Programs: Supported constructive sports programs where children from all levels of society in the clearwater, florida area can play together and learn together by reducing the financial burdens to youth groups and participants, through scholarship opportunities, grant programs, and matching fund challenges.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with this group is that it is made up of people who really care about the community. They not only are an asset by supporting youth activities in the county, they actively seek groups in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CFY has been an important part of my family for many years. Their ability to provide so many opportunities to young people in our area is a model that many would love to emulate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CFY has provided access to funds for our OST Youth Track Program. They've been very helpful and the children enjoy what we've been able to provide to them and it's all thanks to CFY's generocity.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known this organization for 20+ years and they do great work always serving the needs of our youth in this community allowing all to have a chance to participate in recreational activities.

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4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up in Clearwater and played PAL football as an 12 and 13 year old. After graduating from college and working a couple of years out of state, I came back to Clearwater got involved with CFY through Fred Fisher in the early 80’s. Fred had a gymnastics group that needed a space and our school could provide it. I have been involved in CFY from that day forward. CFY has been a blessing for the Clearwater community. Trip Weaver CFY board member.

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5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a member of the Clearwater for Youth board is one of the most rewarding parts of my life. CFY is an Organization that is fully endowed and we donate back 100% of what we raise from our amazing community. We ensure that no child is left behind and all that want to participate in sports are able to! learning life lessons on and off the field helps build a better community for tomorrow. As an Olympic athlete I can tell you much of my career successes were due to my positive youth sports environment, and CFY is building those positive environments in our Community.
Michele Smith
2x Olympic Gold Medalist

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4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Through youth athletics, fundraising, and as a board member I have been involved with CFY nearly my entire life. I am proud to say that the foundation’s endowment now covers 100% of staff salaries and that every dollar raised goes directly toward building character through youth sports and arts programming. Our organization reaches over 8,000 youth annually with financial assistance for registration fees, equipment, safety training, swim lessons, fine arts, and academic scholarships so that no child is ever left behind.

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4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving as a Board Member for Clearwater For Youth has been extremely rewarding. 100% of the donations received/money raised goes directly to the youth of our community and their programs. This organization is fiscally responsible and a real asset to our community. I am proud to be a part of something so special.
Dawn Daugherty

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CBC/TUP is very grateful and proud to have been partnering with CFY since 2009. Our organization would not be where it is today without the constant support from CFY. Several of our players have received college scholarships and more than one hundred players have received scholarships to cover the cost of their uniform and registration fees. This past July, CFY graciously helped cover the cost for our high school teams to travel out of state to play in NCAA live period exposures events. These players had the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of college coaches in hopes to earn interest & college scholarships in which many did.
Not only do they help the children but they also help the coaches/volunteers to further their coaching, mentoring & leadership skills by awarding scholarships that help pay for them to attend coaching clinics.
CFY is dedicated to helping the community, they have been a huge blessing to our families, players and coaches for many years.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Clearwater Gas System has been a sponsor of Clearwater for Youth for many years. This is a great program to make athletic programs available to our youth in the upper Pinellas County communities. CFY helps to make these programs affordable for our youth & supports a number of annual scholarships. A great community partnership!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CFY for over 25 years and have seen first hand the impact this organization has in supporting underprivileged youth. The motto "No Child Left Behind" resonates throughout the many programs they support. Throughout the year, there are children playing youth sports who would not be able to if it was not for CFY paying the registration fees or providing necessary program support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the president of the Clearwater Bullets Fastpitch organization, we have benefitted fist hand from the work done by Clearwater for Youth. Last summer we had three teams qualify for the USA Softball Junior Olympic Cup and a travel grant was awarded by Clearwater for Youth which assisted our families with travel expenses. We have also had several of our girls receive college scholarships that were provided by Clearwater for Youth. This is a well-run organization that had made a tremendous impact in our organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former board member and with 30 + years of expertise in the field of youth athletics, the work that CFY is doing in the community to support other organizations is amazing. To open access to all children regardless of economics in Pinellas County by supporting over 8000 youth is trending setting. CFY has an endowment that covers all operating cost so 100% of the funds raised each year are invested back into the youth of the community. One example below of recent impact in the community. A great way to invest in our future!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Not sure I would want to donate to an organization where 21% of its gross revenue ($356,871) goes to pay the salary ($74,057) of its one paid employee. Salary of its one paid employee should probaly be no higher than 15% of its gross revenue, around $53,500. My local United Way had gross revenues of over $23,000,000, if they paid there ED 21% ($4,830,000) of its gross revenue there would be a huge problem. This organization may want to rethink it's compensation process.

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