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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

59 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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering and working part time at Fiver has been incredible! The team is so dedicated, loving, and supportive of their teammates and constituents. The magic of Fiver is contagious and creates a family with everyone who is in contact with it. I've volunteered with them for several years now, and I keep finding myself coming back to this second-home I've discovered.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I worked there and it’s a beautiful place where kids can be themselves and all the staff care about them and also about each other.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fiver has changed the lives of so many children and their families. The staff is unparalleled. They are completely supportive of the kids and their family. That support continues through every aspect of the child’s life- school, home, friends, camp, school applications. I could go on and on!! Children from the most difficult home situations are given the skills to believe in themselves and succeed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization for both children and staff!

Luke D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Fiver Children’s Foundation’s dedication to its kids as truly admirable! Committed to helping their kids both in the city and at camp, the 10 year commitment to camp helps the kids mature, learn and understand in the modern world. I can’t commend the Fiver Children’s Foundation for their incredible work over the past 20 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most magical place in the world and an amazing place to work

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization!! Their dedication to the campers year round is just fantastic!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spent my first summer working at Camp Fiver this year and it quickly became one of the most important places in the world to me. Seeing the amazing work everyone from the foundation does for the kids I was lucky enough to meet (and so many more) and getting to be a part of that has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I hope I can be a part of Fiver for years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fiver is amazing! I had the privilege of working at Fiver in several different roles, and although I no longer work there (due to a re-location) I continue to be a faithful supporter because I know there is no better program that could be provided to youth. Fiver truly empowers children to meet their fullest potential every single day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was about 13 summers ago where I came along to this camp for the first time. Feeling happy to find a new home, a place where I can be able to express myself however I wanted, and a place that helped me develop and improve as a person. After those 10 summers and a year of a break without the camp, I came back to work for the camp for 2 summers now, hopefully continue working there, and I was able to see the same results that the camp achieved with me. I really believe the camp works wonders for many children helping them all reach their potential. Once a fiver always a fiver.

Maggie Veraguth F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and volunteer since Camp Fiver's inception. I worked in the Sherburne-Earlville school district and was responsible for to find new campers every year. In fact, the first year my youngest daughter qualified for the first session at Camp Fiver. Her time there was invaluable! And, my second oldest daughter worked at Camp Fiver as a riding instructor. I have seen first hand what a difference Camp Fiver has made in the lives of students from S-E. And of course, I have seen how important it has been for children from the metropolitan area. I will always stay involved with this amazing place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked as an international cabin counsellor at Camp Fiver for two consecutive summers now and have enjoyed every minute of it. Even though the work can be challenging at times, the mission Fiver is on is amazing and inspiring (and also the reason why I picked Fiver as my camp). The people, place and atmosphere are only few examples of why the kids (as well as the staff) keep coming back there a year after year. When I think back to Camp Fiver, good 90% of my memories are the cute smiles on kids faces, a lot of laughter, s’mores, sun, the upstate summer warmth and beautiful environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing non profit!!!!!! Fiver builds incredibly close connections with their youth - they go above and beyond the call of duty regularly!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Simply knowing a Fiver student is enough to know this program is something special. Fiver students speak about Fiver like nothing I have ever experienced before. Fiver isn't an out-of-school program to them, it's their second home and their second family. Fiver students are equipped with real world skills that prepare them for success in careers, family, and life. You can see the impact of one-on-one and peer mentoring every time you speak with a student or graduate.

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!"

1

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.

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.

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

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

1

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.

2

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.

2

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.


2

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.

2

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.

2

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Fiver Children's Foundation is a unique, impactful and amazing organization.

Unique in that it makes a 10-year commitment to kids

Impactful in empowering kids to make great life decisions and succeed beyond their own dreams

And amazing in the dedicated staff and thoughtful kids that have created a powerful community that gets better every year

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that I see the Fiver do is tremendous. They are truly invested in their kids (a.k.a. "Fivers") and demonstrate that through a 10 year commitment to character-building summers and year-round out-of-school time programs. It is an honor to be part of this organization - and to see these amazing kids grow and succeed! I encourage anyone not familiar with Fiver to learn more here: http://www.fiver.org/.

Truly, truly one of the Great Nonprofits!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Fiver for the past 3 years and it has been such an amazing experience being a part of this fantastic organization. The character building aspects of the program continue to astound me with every young adult I meet who has gone through the Fiver program. The high school/college graduation success numbers speak for themselves but seeing so many Fiver alumni return to volunteer is a true indication of how this organization has profoundly affected them in that they want to see future generations provided with the same and hopefully better experience that they received.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving on the young professionals board has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences. Every person involved with this organization is passionate about improving the lives of children and empowering them to achieve their goals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They have helped many young adults apply and be accepted to top colleges and universities in the nation. These are young adults that may not have had this opportunity without Fiver!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an even more amazing person today then i would i have been without FIVER. They taught me from my youth as an eight year old growing up into an adult as a twenty four year old. I was an original founding kid. back in 2000 when it opened its giving me more than i could dream. Riding horses, sewing, camp fires, team sports, learning how to swim, and so much more. things i may have never known as a city kid. building my character and rewarding me for it by giving me a dog tag until i gained all twelve. Staff, Kids, Volunteers, Parents, and the partnerships all were positive life influences. It was always a home away from home and a paradise away from the city. You don't realize how the city holds you down until you've been set free in the wild. I could right all day about FIVER but its an experience on any level that you have to have for yourself to truly appreciate what it means to be apart of FIVER. To embody what it truly means to be a Friend, Individual, Valuable team player, Environmentalist, and a Risk taker. It is the small things that count but they made a big difference and went above the ten year commitment through the passing of my mom, the sickness of my dad, and loss of a job. they stayed with me through all that i always have a place to return if i ever feel lost and truly that's just the way FIVER is.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Fiver as a board member since its founding back in 1998. It is, and will continue to be, my number one charity because of the tremendous successes Fiver grads have enjoyed over the years. Fiver's ten year commitment to its children in unmatched, and the incredible results speak for themselves. As one young Fiver told me when staying at my home during a college tour, "The world needs 400 more Tom Tuckers! (Tom Tucker is the founder of the Fiver Children's Foundation).

6 Lillian8

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a mom I would like to take my time out to thanks all the camp fiver family for helping my son Kevin king for learning different thing out there and meeting new people in his life and getting to know different culture . My son have so much fun when he goes away for them two weeks .once again thank y'all guys for being there for my son Kevin king

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fiver gives my child the opportunity to be in a safe environment with a group of wonderful and responsible team. From the first year that she attended she become more responsible, mature and willing to help others. She become more self confidence.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

Over 10yrs ago, my parent(s) a choice for me to attend a summer camp. 10yrs later I am currently serving as the Treasurer for the Organization's Alumni Board of Directors.

Help an Organization that really cares for those who they serve.


www.fiver.org

Review from Guidestar

5 Margaret_Nolan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a Camp Fiver counselor and from my experience working for this nonprofit I learned that I absolutely love everything the Fiver Foundation stands for! If I lived in New York I would be volunteering with Fiver all the time. Fiver leaves such an impact on the students it works with. They set students up for success and hire the best staff that are role models for the kids. I loved working for Fiver and can't wait to move to New York City and be more involved with this organization!

6 Christopher18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish Great Nonprofits had a role category titled "community member." The Fiver Children's Foundation has an incredible community, one that I have had a chance to observe as a volunteer, staff member and supporter from the sidelines. Through providing opportunities to underserved children in NYC and Upstate New York, Fiver allows families and entire neighborhoods to invest in the next generation. Fiver hosts children at an amazing summer camp every year and provides heartfelt support throughout the year. I highly recommend this organization for volunteers who want to contribute their time and talents to a worthy cause. For those who are able, I also encourage you to give as well; every bit helps.