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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

45 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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver is truly a miraculous organization doing such incredible work with the children in its programs as well as their families and the broader community. Their holistic approach to tending to every criticical component of spurring positive life choices from civic mindedness to physical and ethical well being to education and career combined with their unbelievable summer camp and 10 year commitment to every child makes it one of the most unique and successful youth development organizations I’ve ever worked with. If we replicated their formula all over the globe for raising healthy, happy and well adjusted children, every child’s future would be so bright.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Fiver Children's Foundation has been a part of my life for over a decade and throughout the years has consistently shaped me into the person I am today and I hope it continues to grow so more people know about the good works happening through our Fivers

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never get tired of recommending Camp Fiver as an amazing summer camp and their year-round programs open doors for their kids and alumni.

Lea H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver's model is so unique - 10 year continuous commitment and holistic approach focused not only on academics but also character building. I have been involved with many non profits and Fiver stands out from the rest.

gberroa

Client Served

Rating: 5

After attending the program for 10 years, I became a part of the Alumni Board. Fiver is truly a place geared towards making life long positive choices. It’s a second family!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fiver has helped to change my life with the determination to help children make positive life choices. I understand now just how important it is to lead a good path so that children can follow & can have strong role models.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Growing up in the Bronx, NY it’s easy to fall victim to the harsh environment created by the everyday grind. Fiver is an opportunity to expand your horizons and be immersed in an enriching experience so different from the day-to-day. Here I learned how to be my authentic self, and have fun absent of negative pressure and influence.

Sapphire Momo S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have been a second family to me since I was 9 years old attending camp and today I am so proud to call myself a Fiver and give back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a camper here when they first started. I can not thank them enough for their impact on my life. We continue to keep in contact and I will be volunteering with them soon to just slightly pay back.

Aislee Berenice N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only did fiver change my life, but it also provided me with the tools and support to change the life of others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is life changing and building well rounded young adults for the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fiver is unique in its approach, efficacy and culture. There is a communal passion from the Board and Executive Director all the way through the staff and volunteers that proves to be infectious. The more Fiver can grow, the better off our community is in terms of helping children find a better path.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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