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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: 440

Geographic areas served: Southwest Fl

Programs: after school tutoring and mentoring and summer camps

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have tutored at NH for 8 years and can personally see the impact this great organization is having on the lives of at-risk children. I have been so impressed with the amount of good NH is doing in the community, that I am now a member of the Board.

Ron & Janice Miller

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with New Horizons! The staff is great to work with, so organized and caring. The kids are honestly grateful to have us there to help them with their homework every day because they couldn't do it alone at home. They tell me about things going on in their life. Such a fulfilling experience. We are all so fortunate to have a place like New Horizons.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best I have ever seen at instilling faith-based values in young children as well as giving them a hands up through tutoring. I hope they continue to grow so that they can help more and more children!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I love supporting them both personally by volunteering every week and enlisting the support of friends and financially through donations and supporting their annual luncheons. I have watched the children grow and prosper under their leadership. I think they set themselves apart by their faith-based approach to tutoring and mentoring the kids and teens. Thanks to all who are involved in this effort!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just want to say thank New Horizons from the bottom of my heart for the help my students have been getting this year! As I prepare report cards and look at end of quarter data, there has been a significant increase in both reading and math grades and test scores– representing an average 7 month increase in the 2.5 months since the quarter began in late January!

The students are also demonstrating more personal responsibility and self-confidence. I cannot thank you enough for offering such an outstanding program to our students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a tutor and loved the work. The kids we work with are like little sponges. The look on their faces as they learn something new brings tears to your eyes. I am no longer able to do the tutoring. The wonderful staff found a new place for me in their office. I know what I am doing supports a terrific program , I feel very Blessed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me one of the approaches that sets New Horizons apart from some of the other after school mentoring and tutoring programs, is the nondenominational faith building component. From my perspective, it provides the hope and the moral compass that so many of these children need to be able to break the generational cycle of poverty they find themselves in. Unfortunately, public school systems today are not able to provide this important character building component of their development. I see the "hope" on their faces every day I tutor~

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

It is unfortunate that an organization with so many good attributes feels it needs to push so called 'Christian values' on young people as part of it's program. Why can it not embrace everyone unconditionally?

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Great organizaton doing awesome things for the community and future generations!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I have worked for New Horizon Super Kids Reading Camp for the last two summers. The amount of growth I have seen in the student's reading confidence, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills is impressive! Students' understanding and love for the Lord through the VBS portion is heartwarming. New Horizons has a special place in my heart and is truly a wonderful impact on Southwest Florida's families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization doing great things for the community. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have so much admiration for New Horizons; to see how much impact the organization has on some of the children in our community is extremely enlightening. Great job New Horizons!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons is an amazing organization. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to volunteer with them.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great things! The impact on the kiddos is always inspiring.