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New Horizons of Southwest of Florida Inc

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Causes: Human Services

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

Results: • 105 high school seniors in Super Teens Club have completed high school with a 92% high school graduation rate (48% high school graduation rate for their at-risk peer group ref. FL DOE) • 55 Super Teens have been awarded college scholarships • 86% of middle and high school students enrolled in Super Teens Club have a GPA of 2.0 or greater • 40% average improvement in reading skills of elementary aged students enrolled in Super Kids Club • 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: 508

Geographic areas served: Southwest Fl

Programs: after school tutoring and mentoring and summer camps

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in fundraising for New Horizons of SWF for several years. This year I began tutoring. Fundraising isn't an easy job, but seeing the students' eyes light up at the start of our tutoring sessions, eager to work and learn, motivates me to do all that I can do to give these children the tools they need to explore new horizons and break their cycle of poverty.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the New Horizons program since Kindergarten and I truly believe in my heart that the program has changed me for the better. From being tutored and mentored, helped with my homework, and taught daily bible lessons when I attend, it has helped me be strong in many aspects of my life. My parents are very grateful for the many hours I have spent within the program with the opportunity to be helped in subjects that I haven't understood in class over the years. I am soon to become one of our graduating seniors and I am in awe that the program has had me for all these years. I also found my first job within the program to help give back to my community. It has changed many lives and will continue to do so in the future. Empowering tomorrow's generation, today.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the past 8 years I can say that it doesn't get any better than tutoring students who are a joy to be with. Seeing their smiling faces and the progress they make from the beginning of the school year to the end is well worth it! On my way home after tutoring I am always in better spirits after having been with the students. God blesses the giver - as I have experienced over and over again. There is also joy in seeing former students grow and become mature men and women, who strive for excellence and make a difference in their family, community and world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

New Horizons of SW Florida is a nonprofit with a heart of gold. This organization provides extraordinary after school and summer enrichment programs for at-risk students. As a SW Florida educator, I have long been aware of the outstanding opportunities available to children, via this extraordinary organization. For the past two years, it has been my pleasure to serve as a Board Member.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to donate time and funds to this organization, which is really making a difference in the lives of young people in our community. Beyond tutoring and help with their schoolwork, students learn how to plan for a life beyond their school years. They examine the connection between education and earning potential, and they learn about character, integrity, and incorporating faith into their daily lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring High School students for 4 years, and it's amazing to watch the grow, mature, graduate and begin their future! I'm not sure who gets more out of the experience...the students or me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We moved here permanently in December of 2013 and I searched for an organization to become involved with that would make a difference in the community. New Horizons is just such an organization. The kids served are wonderful and will become contributing members of our community, and the impact on their families will be lasting. I volunteer as a tutor with the Super Teens Club and am looking to become even more involved with New Horizons.

Board Member

Rating: 5

After school tutoring through New Horizons has been such a blessing to me these last 3 years! Touching the lives of these "at-risk" students and helping them break the cycle of poverty through literacy is not only changing their lives, but it helps our community in so many ways. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated staff, and so many committed volunteers. We are truly changing lives!

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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~

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer tutor for New Horizon's after school program. Also, I mentor two of their students, one through the Take Stock in Children Program and the other the STAMP program. Both students are gifted in their own ways, and no doubt successful due to their early involvement with New Horizon's program. They've been encouraged to be leaders and givers, with a strong community and high school commitment. New Horizon's programs work, as they are both practical and inspirational.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Who receives the greater reward from the New Horizons of SWFL after-school program ~ the students or the volunteer? Knowing that the kids have transportation to and from a supervised environment, if both parents are working; watching them interact respectfully with their peers & adults; giving hugs and smiles as they greet me, & enriching reading, math and homework skills. And, that's only 1/4 of the program! Students also are offered a snack, computer time & character development. And, THAT only covers K-6th grade!! Programs are also offered for students in 7-12 grade. College tuition is an option, if the senior qualifies. I cannot imagine a more valuable program. You may have guessed ~ this volunteer believes that the reward is hers :)

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved in fundraising for New Horizons of SWF for several years. This year I began tutoring. Fundraising isn't an easy job, but seeing the students' eyes light up at the start of our tutoring sessions, eager to work and learn, motivates me to do all that I can do to give these children the tools they need to explore new horizons and break their cycle of poverty.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer for 7 years. I was working on the senior speaches for the different events this year where they would be presenting and was consistently delighted with their willingness and ability to write their talks, skill and confidence in practicing and their willingness to take feedback from me and their peers.
I was brought to tears just last week by the amount of difference we/ I can personally make. Most personally fulfilling connection with a large organization I have ever had in my life.
Jo Gallico

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What touches my soul the most about our organization, New Horizons, is that you can SEE the results of everyones' effort and love. We are a totally LOCAL organization, just two counties in SW FL, Collier and Lee. What's so wonderful, is when you work with this group, you can feel the difference you are making!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons provides a chance for kids, who otherwise could be at risk, to get a helping hand. It also gives the tutors a chance to make a difference! It begs the question, who is getting more? I think everyone is lucky...they are all changed for the good!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been involved with New Horizons for the past three years, I am struck by the huge and positive impact the organization makes on the students, on the volunteers and on our community at large. Nothing brightens a day like donating time to tutor a young person to help her/him master a subject or life skill. The Gala and Luncheon are two of the most inspirational events I attend all year. Everyone's kids deserve the opportunities that our kids and grandkids have had. New Horizons is a wonderful way to pay it forward.

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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

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

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!