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New Horizons of Southwest of Florida Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To empower at-risk youth to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring and faith-building.

Results: • 74 high school seniors in Super Teens Club have completed high school with a 90% high school graduation rate (48% high school graduation rate for their at-risk peer group ref. FL DOE) • 30 Super Teens have been awarded college scholarships • 3.1 average GPA of Super Teens in high school • 40% average improvement in Super Kids reading skills • 39% of Super Teens in middle school are on the honor roll • High school graduates are serving in the military, attending college and vocational schools, volunteering and contributing to the Southwest Florida community and economy

Target demographics: at-risk youth reach their full potential

Direct beneficiaries per year: 444

Geographic areas served: Southwest Fl

Programs: after school tutoring and mentoring and summer camps

Community Stories

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization, with a much needed mission, achieving exceptional results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for 10 years, and this is one of the most satisfying things I do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and advisor for more than 10 years and am still moved by the life changing impact this organization has on at risk kids. The coordinated family of NH programs covers K-12 and helps kids develop their abilities, build self confidence and acquire the tools needed to create a faith based plan for their lives. The organization uses all donations thoughtfully under the guidance of an engaged Board of Directors . A dedicated professional staff organizes and leads an ever-growing group of committed local volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent several years searching for a charity that touched my heart. New Horizons, with over 400 volunteers, mentors, tutors and builds self confidence in at-risk children. I have been involved with New Horizons for three years and the more I learn about the organization the more I appreciate how generously they create opportunities for these children to succeed in life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons is a great organization where kids K-12th grade have been able to find a place they can call home. For the past 3 years that I have been involved with New Horizons, I have seen that their focus is 100% the students and their academic and social success. New Horizons put their students first and their needs. It is a great organization and a positive place for all those that are part of them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help high school and middle school students with homework, mostly math, one afternoon a week. It's great to see the progress these students make with improved grades and confidence. They appreciate the interest volunteers have in their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a junior who has been in the program since kindergarten, new horizons has helped me receive a 4 year scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 3

I have been in New Horizons for almost 4 years already. This program has helped tutor me when I needed help on my homework. They have helped me apply for many scholarships. I think this program is great and I would recommend for anyone who hasn't joined yet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

New Horizons of SWFL is an outstanding mentoring and tutoring program! The staff is exceptional, extremely dedicated to the children they serve. They truly make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth, grades K-12.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I have been involved with them for 2 years and they do amazing things for the kids and community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been at New Horizons since my Kindergarten year. I’m currently a junior in high school. This program has helped shape me into who I am today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a High School senior, and I have been with this program for 13 years, and honestly this has been the best 13 years. They have helped me with my academics and have helped me grow closer to God. Without them I wouldn't be where I'm at today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that helps students grow in their faith and and helps grow their education

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons is a wonderful gift for the children. They learn just how much God loves them! The program schedule is very well organized. I have felt comfortable knowing just how I can help each child. I love listening to a child read a book as well as the Bible verse.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the past four years with Super Kids Club. I recommend this volunteer experience to my friends many of whom have joined me. These kids soak up learning and are a delight to spend the afternoon with. One 4th grader told me after I taught him how to write his name in cursive that he would never forget me. Wow! Made my day and year!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

New Horizons of Southwest Florida has answered a multitude of prayers from local families who need additional support for their children's academic, social, and emotional needs. God bless the staff, volunteers, and families who have been positively impacted by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons puts children first. This makes such a difference for the kids in their school work. The kids are thirsty to learn and New Horizons' volunteers and staff are intent on helping them. This faith-based organization is sharing God's love with the students and teaching them the difference between right and wrong. I love my volunteer work the New Horizons.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons not only improves the educational experiences of over 400 at-risk youth K-12 annually in our community, it tracks results via high school graduation rates, reading scores and honor roll rates. The organization efficiently deploys a combination of private donations and volunteer hours that dramatically impact lives of individuals and their families. Volunteers and monetary donors alike know their resources are getting the highest possible returns and that they are making a real difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

What impresses me most about New Horizons is how their mission spreads through families and communities. By touching the life of one child, the positive impacts are multiplied across numerous lives. Keep up the great work in providing literacy and hope to those among us who need it most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my third year of tutoring, and have "specialized" in teaching 4th graders, so that next year, I can teach these same kids as fifth graders, to preserve continuity in their educational process. It is so rewarding when you see the light bulb come on as they grasp how or why a problem gets solved through an action that you taught them. Plus they share a common goal in learning, that they do together, which fosters team building skills, cooperation, and communications. New Horizons took a basic concept of helping a few kids that needed help, and have expanded it to cover the whole gamut from K through twelve for over 440 kids a year! Thank you Ellen and Debra for your ceaseless efforts in helping all these kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began working with New Horizons last year, volunteering as a tutor to fourth and fifth graders. These children are so wonderful, but are starting out behind in school, because they come from non-English speaking homes, with little support for their school work. New Horizons not only gives them the extra help they need, but provides them with access to caring and supportive adults, from whom they can learn to be successful and contributing members of society.
The staff are wonderful. This organization is so well managed, taking a thoughtful approach to growth, despite an overwhelming need, so they can create sustained, long-term success.
Thanks to New Horizons, children who otherwise would have been left behind are now able to flourish. This is truly a case of saving the world, one child at a time.