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Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Fresh Youth Initiatives (FYI) is to empower youth who have the fewest resources to achieve their greatest potential. Founded in 1993, FYI is the leading provider of youth development services to low-income, immigrant, and first generation youth in the community of Washington Heights in northern Manhattan. Programs operate at four sites from 165th to 204th Streets where 1,500 children, pre-K through grade 12, participate in afterschool, summer camp, advisory, mental health, education, and college access programs. FYI programs assist new immigrants to tackle challenges, and to reverse a trajectory of low academic achievement and poverty.

Target demographics: We support 1,500 immigrant and first-generation youth to become avid learners, confident leaders, and to succeed on a healthy journey to adulthood.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 Washington Heights youth in grades K through 12 by providing academic, cultural, social, and recreational programs and activities.

Geographic areas served: NYC

Programs: (1) The Welcome Program, which provides intensive literacy help to 260 students Pre-K to 5 at P.S. 128 The Audubon School, (2) Middle School College Access Program, which serves 520 seventh grade students at four local schools to begin planning, thinking about, and experiencing college, and (3) Social Services at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Math, which provides counseling and crisis intervention to the school's 535 students throughout the day.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everytime Kids come to FYI, they are welcomed with people That they are comfortable with, who are smiling, laughing, sharing jokes and acting like a family. FYI is like a second family to everybody. It is a place where people can be themselves without being judged

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program gives the participates an opportunity to feel at home and also teaches the students to be able to take responsibility when it is needed. All kids are treated equally no one is segregated no matter what.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with fyi has been wonderful they have helped me progress every year as a participant and as a person. I thank fyi for the person I am becoming.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FYI is an absolutely fantastic organization. I was an intern for them over the summer and it was the best job experience I've ever had. The staff was friendly, motivating, and hard-working. The children who I worked with were well taken care of, and they looked up to the staff, who were all excellent role models. FYI is a stellar example of an impactful nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fresh Youth Initiatives has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Therefore, getting an opportunity to be an intern at FYI was a dream come true. I was honored to use skills that I am learning in college to help their development & communications department. Not only was I putting my brain to work everyday, but I was surrounded by kind, thoughtful, and intelligent people who care so much about the children they serve in Washington Heights. The work that FYI does is invaluable, it's necessary, and must only continue to expand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff and campers were all unique individuals making me feel at home and valued with every day activities. The campers were very excited with to have me there which made me happy to show up and give it my all
They FYI is a cheerful and wonderful camp and I would be happy to work there again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with FYI, they are the best ever

Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is an incredible organization that truly cares about every individual that walks through their doors. Sincerity and authenticity run through FYI and it doesn't take more than one visit to see it. In my experience, it is rare to find a nonprofit that runs as fluidly as FYI!

1 Paola P.

Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is a great organization that has been a pleasure to work for. You can see their commitment to the youth they serve as well as the commitment to the staff. FYI makes all members ( whether staff, interns or students) feel part of a family.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

FYI is awesome! They have provided me an opportunity of a lifetime of learning and working with an amazing community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a mentor to my "mentee" for almost 20 years. FYI matched me with an 11yo girl when I was in my early 20's and we've been part of each other's lives ever since. She's now a 30 yo successful attorney, happily married and such a "success story." FYI was a wonderful organization to work with. They do do honest, salt-of-the-earth development with the kids, and I love that the kids have to "earn" a mentor through their community service. Highly recommend.

1 Majj F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when I first joined FYI in 1998 I was eager to help my community any way possible and to be able to do that with awesome people by my side made it all the better. The friendships I made and the lessons I learned on life and humility have stuck with me all these years I can't wait for my daughter to join FYI and follow in my footsteps as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

fyi is such an amazing its like why is their no 6 star
what keeps me coming is that all my friends are here and we enjoy every single second at fyi

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with FYI as a homework helper last fall. Sadly, my work schedule no longer allows for the afternoon commitment, or else I'd still be going each week! The team there is truly dedicated to their many students; each student is truly supported and encouraged. The many programming offerings at FYI also allow it so that all the kids find something they love to focus on, no matter what their interests are. I was blown away by the growth and talent I saw from the students each week. I look forward to getting involved again in the future!

1 Derek14

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my second home. FYI helped me learn English and this is really helped me do well in school to. We all treat our self like brother and sister FYI IS THE BEST PROGRAM EVER.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I LLLOVE TIS TIS PROGRAM THIS IS THE BEST PROGRAM IN HISTORY OF PROGRAMS. I LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOVE IT HERE WE TREAT EACH OTHER LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER SOMETIMES WE ARGUE BUT ITS ALL RIGHT FYI FRESH YOUTH INITIATIVES

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its the best program eeeeeee-vvvvvvv-rrrrrrr . you should come. FYI ROCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. ITs the BESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i love this program its awesome its so fun i heart the activities i heart the staffs the food is aaaa-mm-azing but mostly i love love love this camp its called camp scatico its so fun we eat smores and their is a lounge where you just hang out its funnn, sometimes everynight at midnight we gather around the camp fire and tell scary stories and eat smores. I had never been outside of the city this was my first time and i am grateful fyi is like my family and everyone is so silly.i been here for 4 years and 5 months its been really good you do your homework here and you earn hours their like points you earn to go to camp scatico well i said too much how about you come and check it out i hope you have the same experience that i did yay!!!!! my name is yinel by the way

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my favorite sport,soccer at FYI. It helps me because in school I need the skills to play kickball. I started to play the drums . I also restarted to play the guitar. There is also girls group which allows us to tell the staff members how we feel. This the best program ever because they had a sleep over and I went to central park for the first time ever. I always return because they support our decisions. I also found a woman that has the same last name as me. They are really fun. They also give us food. They are the best foundation in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

lo que me gusta de fyl es que nos yudan sienpre
y me gusta como nos tratan me gusta los programas que eyos asen tanbien me gusta cuando nos yeban al parque y me gusta las comidas que asen me gusta como yerry nos trata todos me gustaria que ubiera algo de musica pero esta bien el programa es bueno y me gusta mucho a los que no estan se lo recomiendo mucho.


-yulenny blanco gracias