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Fiver Children's Foundation

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Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Named Trusts, Philanthropy, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Fiver Children''s Foundation is a comprehensive youth development organization that empowers children from underserved communities to develop life skills and to reach their full potential. Fiver''s 10 year commitment to each child includes year-round mentoring and counseling programs, a character building residential summer program, and partnerships with schools and community based organizations.

Results: In 2011, Fiver received the Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association. 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.

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.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Maritza F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fiver gave my son the opportunity to go away a couple of weeks away in the summer to enjoy the great outdoors that he otherwise rarely gets to do nor does he ever get to go away on vacations as we cannot afford it. Provided him with encouragement to do well in school and set goals for his fiture. It has open his eyes to various activities, sports and experiences that he rarely gets the opportunity for having come from a background of very little family, money and going out much. I appreciate Fiver for helping my son grow up into a well rounded individule with wanting to improve himself with desiring to continue on with his education despite having a slight learning difficulty making it a challenge to do well in school. It's given him the confidence to believe he can do it and make something of himself. Thank You Fiver!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no amount of characters that could allow me to summarize why Fiver Children's Foundation deserves more than just five stars. This is truly a home to me, my family, and so many others. It is a place that is truly indescribable it can only be experienced. This foundation has fostered me for over 10 years and has truly impacted my life in many pivotal ways. From a young age Fiver has instilled in me: leadership skills, interpersonal skills, importance of education, being family-oriented, courage, and giving back. These are values that will be engrained into my family for many years to come and for that reason I will forever be in debt to Fiver. Being a young Hispanic male from Brooklyn, NY there are many statistics that go against my personal success. Through Fiver I have been able to overcome all obstacles in my path. Since my last year in the Fiver Children's Foundation program, I've graduated Cum Laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and I'm now employed within GE Aviation's Operational Management Leadership Program. This is just the beginning of my career/success and I know through the skills and experiences Fiver has given me I will be able to accomplish so much more. Attached is a video link to my graduation speech that shows the kind of emotions one goes through when they realize their stay at Camp Fiver has come to an end. Although physically my stay at Fiver ended a while ago I'll always remember "Once a Fiver, always a Fiver!"

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fiver has played a crucial part in my life. They are always available to the children and alumni that have takes board of their program. The camp location is home and the people there become your family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

I started very young and stuck with it. It was an amazing experience witb amazing people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This camp focuses on catering to the true needs of children. They teach them how to think critically, speak in confidence and show them that they are valuable assets to society. I must say that I am highly impressed by the quality of this camp, especially considering it is free for children to be a part of a program of such high caliber.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Fiver a few times and have seen the impact the programs have on the kids. The camp experience and individualized attention improve self-confidence immensely and create a wonderful environment to foster learning and development. In particular, the long commitment increases the success rate of HS and college graduation that opens new doors.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fiver is an incredible organization! Every Fiver participant I have met is motivated, caring and a well-rounded member of the community. All of Fiver's staff and volunteers maintain a positive culture and serve as reliable and thoughtful role models.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Fiver Participant, Fiver has been one of the most influential things in my life. Much more than a nonprofit, Fiver is a Family!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fiver is the best! My family and I are blessed to have Fiver on our side. I have been a part of Fiver since 2000 and to this day I still feel the love and support Fiver offers. I am proud to be a Fiver alumna and Alumni Board Member.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with fiver since I was 10 year's old, now 27 years old, and since then I have gained a family that I never thought I would have. The support , the insight, continuous priority of the children, teens and adults they serve keeps us going. #OnceAFIver #AlwaysaFiver

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very gratful that I had an opportunity to be apart of this organization for the past 17 years. The lessons and support I've received at fiver still shape my choices today as a women and a mother. I wish everyone had a chance to call this place home.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver has been an amazing part of my family from the moment my daughter started with the summer camp many years ago. As a board member, it has been an educational and passionate journey in ensuring ongoing services are available to families. I have witnessed the incredible services Fiver staff provides families and children who have achieved success by graduating college. The foundation is committed and true to their mission in every way.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver is simply an amazing organization. It makes a ten year commitment to each child in the program, and having worked with several of the students in the program personally the impact of Fiver stands out loud and clear. The students are confident, capable and above all know how to make great life choices.

The staff and leadership of Fiver are incredibly devoted, wonderful people. This is an organization that deserves to thrive and that children need to be impacted by.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thoroughly impressed with the dedication the Fiver Children's Foundation staff and its participants have exhibited. I have been involved with the organization for nearly two years and it is not everyday that one hears testimonials from alumni, parents and participants that praise the warmth, stability and devotion of the staff of a non-profit. Committing ten years to a child is a huge endeavor but it has been done and continues to be. The children who are active members have the alumni to look up to. They all grow up together and have each other to lean on. The kids recognize that Fiver is a shelter away from any storm they may be experiencing. Very rare in this day and age.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver is a unique and incredible organization with outstanding results. One of the organization's greatest assets is the Fiver staff. They are dedicated, knowledgeable and the key to Fiver's success.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver makes a 10 year commitment to children in need and has a lasting impact on their lives. As a parent, I fully recognize the amount of time, focus and love that it takes to raise happy, productive kids. Fiver becomes family to these kids and the results are amazing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver is a magical organization, helping change the lives of the children and families it serves. The organization is focused on character-development and community service.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver Children's Foundation has developed free programs that enables kids to grow into high
quality productive citizens. Because Fiver works with kids over 10 years, beginning at age 8,
they develop a relationship that is meaningful and trusting.The role models at Fiver using the
character education program developed by the staff have laid a great foundation to ensure
positive outcomes for the kids. The program is a huge success.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver makes a unique ten year commitment to each child -- providing critical character building year round wrap around support including life altering summer camp experience!!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver's year-round program (over 10 years, from age 8 to 18) makes a proven difference in the lives of its kids -- the outcomes are remarkable. The staff is passionate, capable and fully committed to the vision. This is a non-profit you can feel great supporting.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

A very well run charity with measurable positive outcomes for the 500 Fivers from underprivileged backgrounds who participate in the year round youth development programs.
Over 80% of the funding is devoted to programs for the Fivers.