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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Public Foundations, Sports, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: The Forever Young Foundation serves underprivileged, at-risk, and physically challenged children, giving them academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities they would otherwise never receive.

Target demographics: children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing them with academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to them.

Geographic areas served: Arizona, Utah, Northern California and Africa

Programs: Benefiting children suffering from medical challenges and disabilities through providing healing opportunities to both body and spirit. This is accomplished through offering programming, building music therapy centers (sophie's place) in hospitals, and supporting organizations focused on finding cures for childhood diseases

providing educational opportunities for children in underserved areas through building schools, funding scholarships, and making state of the art technology available

supporting at-risk children through the funding of multimedia technology centers (forever young zones, 8 to 80 zones), providing scholarships to behavorial treatment centers, and funding community partners focused on improving opportunities for disadvantaged youth

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Suzanne61

Client Served

Rating: 5

I know first hand how awesome FYF is! In 2007 I was blessed with two beautiful twin boys born with a horrific disease known as EB. I was at the end of my rope and losing hope that I would be able to get my babies to the best physicians for their condition. Then along came FYF. They are my living angels. Some how, some way, they found out about my situation and got us out of NJ and to California to Stanford University. Although no miracle was found, I was able to get the piece of mind knowing that I did everything possible to save them. My two short months with Kyle and Zack are so precious to me. I cannot find the words, nor do I think there is any, to express my sincere gratitude to Steve Young and his amazing team and angels (Michele to this day keeps in touch with us which means so much to me)!!! During our visit to California, Steve Young let us stay in his home, supplied us with experienced help to educate us on how to care for my sons. Knowing how stressed we were, he even gave my husband and I a few hours to go out on a date, something we had not done in a very long time. I thank God everynight for bringing them to me!!!

Brittani L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 3 children from China all with special needs. Their needs require us to spend a great deal of time at Primary Childrens Medical Center. The Forever Young playroom is WONDERFUL and helps bring my children joy during such hard times. They look forward to going and playing in the playroom, doing crafts and getting a much needed distraction from their pains. We spend so much time in the playroom with every visit. We know how blessed we are to have this playroom and appreciate the Forever Young Foundation for bringing this happiness to our children.

2 emilyfcampbell

Client Served

Rating: 5

Madelena underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant 5 years ago, and the intensive regimen led her to be severely depressed and suicidal. She was being treated for a disease that robbed her of her creative outlets, as she no longer had the physical dexterity to create in the ways that she was accustomed. Her almost daily appointments with the music therapy team at Primary Children's during her month long treatment gave her something to look forward to every day, and drew her out of her depressed isolation. She wrote songs with the music therapists that gave meaning to her suffering, and allowed her to process her grief, anger, and pain in a constructive and healing way. She continued to visit Sophie's Place at Primary Children's after her treatment, and we credit their dedicated, knowledgeable, and loving treatment as the factor that made the difference in Madelena's recovery.

1 Brindlee F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was able to spend time raising money for this foundation in honor of my cousin who passed away from cancer. While my cousin was still with us he was served by this foundation and I wanted to give back. I was then invited to come to an event and get to know the foundation better. I found that everyone was so kind and welcoming and they truly had the best interest of others at the forefront of their minds.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful for the Forever Young Foundation! We run a non-profit recovery Farm in Farmington Utah called Red Barn Farms and are affiliated with Forever Young. The Forever Young Foundation has supported us since we started our nonprofit in 2012. Our mission is to help individuals and their families recover from unhealthy behaviors like drug addiction and alcoholism. Ever since we partnered up with the Forever Young foundation, and used the platform to be noticed in our community our donors and supporters have jumped on board. Steve Young and his team have not only supported us but validated our mission and helped us grow exponentially over the last five years. We will be forever grateful to the Forever Young Foundation and our partnership and look forward to working together for many years to come. The Forever Young Foundation helps us with fundraising, spreading hope and love to individuals and families that struggle. The Forever Young Foundation has also set a fantastic example of how a foundation and nonprofit organization should be run . We have had tremendous help from Steve and his executive team as we have developed our own mission, goals and objectives and are on course to accomplish those. Our hope is to continue with our partnership and follow in the footsteps of the Forever Young Foundation. Thank you thank you thank you :-)

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to work with this organization and see their work first hand. They are dedicated to giving everything back to the community. Their dedication to helping kids is remarkable. I attended the grand open of a children’s wing in Arizona and the integrity and the detail that was given the project was jaw dropping. This was a space that was going to change the lives of hundreds of families of sick children. There nothing I would not do for this organization.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Forever Young Foundation, I am continuously impressed by the work of the organization. While headed up by the amazing Steve and Barb Young, the staff are the stars who help make everything come to pass. The time spend in Ghana, the 8 to 80 zones in hospitals across the country, and Sophie's Place for music therapy are committed to giving the heart and soul to kids in efforts for a brighter tomorrow. I'm so thankful for their work, presence, and astounding desire to change lives.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to several of their events and they are hands down my favorite each year. It's run by amazing people who work hard to make a difference in the world we live in. Keep up the great work!

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1 Thomas Palani M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Forever Young Foundation is doing vital work contibuting to Sophie’s Place and Anasazi among many, many others. I am grateful to be able to help where I can.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Mia has grown up in the hospital all her life. For 15 years we have been in and out of the hospital every 3 weeks, and do you know what helps her to feel better? Getting to go do fun stuff in the Forever Young Zone & going to Sophie’s Place, the music therapy room. It gives her something to look forward to during our long hospital days, and Mia had the best time when her friends visited her during summer and they all went to Sophie’s place to jam out and sing together. Music is healing, plain and simple. I am forever grateful to Cardon’s for providing spaces like these for kids who need a distraction from all the pokes and procedures. Mia was able to celebrate her 100th blood transfusion with friends, family, & the news crews in the Forever Young Zone a few years ago. Those memories will be cherished forever!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Sophie's Place because it gives me the opportunity to be me!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVED volunteering with Forever Young Foundation. I have volunteered a couple times in the past and every time I leave wanting to come back. Not only do some of the nicest, funniest, spunkiest people on the planet work there, but the change they make in the community is incredible. Steve Young and the staff raise so much money for the kids and always do it with a smile on their face. It's powerful to see. I will definitely keep coming back.

Review from Guidestar

Amy Pack S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Forever Young Foundation has impressed me from the moment I first learned about the organization. I have seen the work they do and the faces of those they serve first hand. They are nothing but professional and warm as they support education in Africa, collaborating with a competent team on the ground, or provide the resources for thousands of sick children to benefit from music therapy.

Review from Guidestar

1 Lori G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the amount of good these people do for the world! The team at Forever Young Foundation are generous and wonderful people!

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1 Seth Adam Smith

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Forever Young Foundation is an incredible organization. In fact, I really can't say ENOUGH good things about them. Everyone who works there is kind, caring, generous, and always very helpful. I've known them for over ten years and during that time they have always been consistent in their efforts and absolutely dedicated to doing the most good for the most people. Truly, a magnificent organization.

Review from Guidestar

1 Varden H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great partners and hosts with their golf and events, which were a blast. They came to the Museum of Natural Curiosity for a special private event and guests had a wonderful time. Very organized, friendly and on the lookout to appreciate and involve donors.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Forever Young Foundation is an incredible organization with unparalleled dedication to their cause. I have witnessed firsthand the joy they bring to hospitalized children and can't help but walk away inspired. From top to bottom this is the kind of foundation all others should aspire to be. Feel very fortunate to have been in their presence on multiple occasions and can testify that the good will is infectious. Looking forward to the next time I can attend an event of theirs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

FYF is amazing! They consistently do the right thing with the donations they receive. It is wonderful to see the initiatives in action, serving and helping others!

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Steve and I started our journey together on the field and now it's been exciting to reconnect and partner in our community off the field. We have been strategically placing 8 to 80 Zones in underserved communities providing state of the art mass media equipment and mentoring deserving youth skills in writing copy, videography and producing.

We both find great satisfaction in watching the youth we serve at the 8 to 80 Zones move onto careers in the field of technology and media, hoping that we impacted their dreams and futures in some small way.

As we build more 8 to 80 Zones, our shared vision is these spaces continue to offer current unique technological educational opportunities and instill the drive to create and share their stories through the art of mass media.

I am so proud of the work the Forever Young Foundation does and I am happy to be partnered with them.

1 brookslaich

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Forever Young Foundation, with the leadership of Barb and Steve Young, is comprised of the most positive, encouraging, and generous people one could ever imagine! They are an organization of people with big smiles, and even bigger hearts. The team is fueled by kindness, and the fulfillment that comes with living a life of service. Their mission is a focus of passing on hope and resources to children in need. Their impact is immeasurable, but is noticeably displayed in the interactive and therapeutic hospital rooms they create, and in the faces of the youth they serve! The Foundation serves children not only nationally, but internationally as well, with a growing presence in Africa. Their vision of service for all underprivileged youth, coupled with the tireless commitment to the execution of that vision is why I am very proud to be a member of the Forever Young Foundation team, and would encourage you to join us as well!

Brooks Laich

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a private practice pediatrician, I would like to personally thank Barb and Steve Young for their continued healing influence on my patient's lives.
By utilizing the Forever Young Zone and soon to be completed Sophie's Place, the Forever Young Foundation has helped advance our hospital's goal to implement complimentary and integrative modalities of medical care to heal the mind, body and spirit of each of our sickest children.
The Foundation's unwavering commitment to contribute to my patient's care has allowed us all to learn from their recovery.
The Youngs say "Be Your Own Hero"!!!!
The Currans say "Music IS Therapy"!!!!!!
Children simply say "Thank You"!!!!!!!!!!!

David M. Curran, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past Chair, Dept of Pediatric Medicine
Cardon Children's Medical Center
Managing Partner
East Valley Children's Center