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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: • 105 high school seniors in Super Teens Club have completed high school with a 93% high school graduation rate (65% high school graduation rate for their FL at-risk peer group in 2019 ref. FL DOE) • 55 Super Teens have been awarded college scholarships • 96% 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: 650

Geographic areas served: Southwest Fl

Programs: after school tutoring and mentoring and summer camps

Community Stories

91 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.

Maria Del Cielo J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Horizons has helped me tremendously with succeeding in high school! They have provided me with no cost transportation, tutoring and mentoring services to me. They have helped me grow as a person, and I thank them for that!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Yuliet Valdez and I am proud to say that I have been in this organization since Kindergarten. This organizations has given me countless opportunities to grow in my faith along with having a joyous life. Not only that but they have provided me with so much help and support with my school work and just in general, life. I am so thankful with this programs, I just had to share my story and say THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at New Horizons and have been since 7th grade. The organization has helped me throughout the school year by giving me a place to study and work without getting distracted. Currently, they are helping me apply for colleges, financial aid, and scholarships. I'm very grateful for this organization because it brought me closer to God and was able to help keep my grades up.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been a student of New Horizon’s since elementary, and now that I’m a high school student who’s finishing up I couldn’t be more grateful to have been with them for these years. They’ve motivated me to do my school work and finish my school work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Education and opportunity are the lifeline to achieving success. Being an immigrant myself, my gratitude for all that I have achieved in life allows me to give back to these kids in whose faces I see my own. Making them feel confident that they can excel, that they are loved and anything is possible if they work hard is the best gift I can give them. I am blessed to have them in my life thanks to New Horizons of Southwest Florida.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am current student of this organization I’ve been a part of it since the 1st grade. I honestly can’t imagine how my life would’ve gone without it. They have not only helped me through my homework and school but they even made me the person I am today. I am currently a Take Stock student who has gotten straight A’s almost every quarter and I’m currently a part of dual enrollment at FSW. So I would like to thank New Horizions, for their mentor ship and support because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. So thank you New Horizions, for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been part of the program since first grade. They have helped me complete my homework assignments correctly. I am glad to be part of this program, and the tutors that come in are nice and friendly. Not only do they help me with my school assignments, but they help increase my relationship with God. They show me how to increase my faith and how I could also help others do the same.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for nearly 12 years. To watch young at-risk kids grow and develop over the years, both in knowledge and confidence, is heartwarming. I always feel that I get more out of volunteering than I put in. New Horizons of SWFL is near and dear to me.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In terms of volunteerism, programs offered by New Horizons are unarguably “where the rubber meets the road”. You can have no more immediate effect than sitting face-to-face/at arm’s length with the direct beneficiary of your best efforts of social service. The needs of the students are so great and the opportunities to have a positive, life-long impact are even more so. The contact is direct and interactive and is repeated frequently. Trust occurs and relationships happen. And while the success and satisfaction of the interactions vary from day to day, the impressions you make that you care and are there to offer unselfish support is, I believe, indelible. Rewarding to both yourself and the young lives you touch? I think so.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons is a non-profit organization providing at-risk local children the opportunity to choose a different path for their lives. Volunteering weekly for the past eight years, has been such a privilege for me. Witnessing the progress, positive changes, and successes in not only the children, but also many of their families, fills me with pure joy and such hope for the future. I have been working with children my entire life, but volunteering for New Horizons SKC has been my most rewarding experience, and hopefully a positive one for the children I have touched over the years. Jeni Nance

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons is an amazing organization doing extraordinary things for students and families in SW Florida. I am a volunteer and work with high school students on their writing. These kids have real talent and it is a privilege for me to help them along their journey. As a former teacher, I am lucky to have this opportunity in my retirement. To a person, the boys and girls I have worked with have been eager to improve and pleasant to work with. New Horizons deserves all the praise it receives.

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.

Jo__26

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!

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with at-risk kids after school to enhance their math and reading skills is extremely rewarding. The improvement these kids make with personal attention is remarkable. Additionally, the kids learn how to interact with each other and with adults in a warm and friendly environment. A wonderful experience for the volunteers to make such an impactful contribution to the future of this area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Being the host pastor for the East Naples site is and has been a total win/win. The benefits for us of hosting New Horizons accrue everyday. Our church is more connected to the community as a place of help, our church members volunteer and receive a personal blessing, and under served children in our neighborhood are given a hand up to the chance for a better life. The staff and administration are always responsive and are easy to work with. A big thumbs up for New Horizons!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had never volunteered as a mentor for children before, but I did teach sailing to kids 9 to 16 years old a few years ago, and I recalled that I had enjoyed watching them absorb the info I was teaching them. So when I was presented with the opportunity to teach at-risk children, I figured, "why not?". After 9 months of weekly sessions with mainly fourth graders, I again got to experience that same joy. The New Horizons programs are very well done and well thought out. The kids really appreciate the help that they get from volunteers, and it leaves you feeling so rewarded for your efforts! The results are obvious, and I eagerly await the new school year to do it again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I tutor two days per week at New Horizons. It is amazing how much the kids have improved throughout the school year. I am confident that many of these kids will be the first to attend college in their families. Also, they will be great contributors to our nation as adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Horizon has helped me to stay on track with my grades and I made new friends. And I learned about God and they help me since I was 5. They have been a big influence in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

New Horizons has helped me with my schooling and also in my faith. I have grown in faith for God. New Horizons has provided new opportunities in my life. Now I know that I have an opportunity to go off to college and get my college degree in any career I choose.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a board member of The Bridge Fund, a 501[c][3] charity helping people in crisis and educational needs in the greater Bonita Springs/Estero area. New Horizons is one of our partners, organizations who bring us needs that they are unable to meet in full themselves. We partner with New Horizons in helping economically disadvantaged kids, teens and their families. New Horizons does exceptional work in helping kids be successful in school, develop high ethics and values, and set goals for themselves to become successful in life. They also work with the parents to support their kids, become better citizens and to cope with economic issues they sometimes face. We are proud to be partners with New Horizons and mutually help needy people to cope with difficult situations in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my third year tutoring "at-risk" high school kids in mathematics in the New Horizons Super Teens Club. I am a retired educator and had careers in elite schools. For me, this is my chance to give back to deserving, wonderful young boys and girls. From Day 1, I was hooked. I was "Mr. Larry" to the boys and girls I tutored in every math subject: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, advanced algebra, pre-calculus, and, soon, calculus. The tutoring begins each day after a Bible lesson and discussion. Never before in my teaching career have I felt that I am making as much of a difference as each week in my work with these boys and girls. In my first year, it was one wonderful young man who needed to pass math to graduate. He passed. He graduated. Many NH "graduates" come back to help and mentor. Two young men who graduated last year and are now freshman in college come back to work with the younger kids. Working at New Horizons, one feels he/she is part of a very special family. Importantly, the New Horizons program is professionally run and supremely well-organized! Most importantly, New Horizons gives hundreds of young boys and girls the opportunity to become the men and women they aspire to be. Without New Horizons, the futures of these kids would not be nearly as bright. There could be no more noble cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New Horizons is a wonderful organization bettering the lives of our youth every single day and enriching our community. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Debra Haley, the Executive Director, and have seen her help this organization grow and prosper. There is definitely a need and New Horizons is fulfilling it and much more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes we forget the true joys in life. Monday, upon my return to New Horizons of SWFL to begin my seventh season of tutoring, I was immediately reminded of the satisfaction and joy received from the eager and grateful young students as they learn to overcome fear and shyness and gain confidence in learning new skills. Volunteer tutors can and do make a difference in the lives of young children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Moving to Florida as a full time resident in 2007, I decided that I needed to do two things: join a church and get involved in the local community. Attending church, I heard about the after school tutoring program, "Super Kids Club", that New Horizons offers to local "at-risk" kids, began volunteering in 2008 and have never "looked back". What a joyful and fulfilling experience to help our most vulnerable youngsters to learn to read, to master multiplication tables, to watch them succeed in middle school and to eventually go on to graduate from high school! Sharing my experience with friends and neighbors has helped ignite enthusiasm in my community to support this organization through participation in volunteering, providing after school snacks, offering financial support and participating in fundraising events. The opportunities to support this organization are "multi-dimensional".....seasonal or year-round.....give of your time or make a donation. Each day I volunteer I see positive results and feel that I have found my "mission".

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended this program since I was in 1st grade. I remember when I had a terrible time with my homework. My mom didn't know English and couldn't help me with any of my homework. I am thankful for having them help me change my life and also thankful for helping me apply for and be awarded the Take Stock in Children Scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended the NEW HORIZONS OF SOUTHWEST for 6 years. it has improved my grades and helped me become a better student.