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

Mission: Fresh Youth Initiatives’ mission is to engage youth in positive, community-building activities while guiding and supporting them through childhood and adolescence. Located in Washington Heights, our programs introduce students to college, careers, and community service while helping them to navigate three key life transitions: immigration, middle school to high school, and high school to college. We envision this community of Latino youth as successful, healthy, lifelong learners with access to post-secondary education and a strong sense of citizenship and self-identity.

Results: Last year, 90% of FYI'ers passed to the next grade level in school; 150 middle and high school students volunteered 16,000 hours of service to their community. 95% of FYI high school seniors graduate and enroll in college.

Target demographics: We support 600 Latino youth to become avid learners, confident leaders, and to succeed on a healthy journey to adulthood.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 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 for 120 immigrant/1st generation children in grades K-5 that develops students’ reading and writing skills by engaging them in literacy activities with multicultural and multilingual literature; (2) afterschool programs for middle school and high school students that develop leadership skills while supporting their path to college; (3) Summer Day Camps for grades K-5 and 6-8 that focus on supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development; (4) Summer Job Training for youth ages 16-24

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that directly touches kids in the community with services and support. Helping kids who are some of New York's most vulnerable is an invaluable service that makes a real difference in their daily life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Fresh Youth Initiatives was a great experience for me and something not to be forgotten. The friendly environment and caring staff made the organization seem more like a second home instead of just an after school program. Without Fresh Youth Initiatives I would not be as respectful and learn to take responsibilities for the things that are important. This organization has been a major impact on who I am today and would recommend it to the youth.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lourdes Encarnacion and my daughter Angeluna has been going to FYI for 2 years. During her time there she has learned so much! The staff that is supprtive, responsible and teaches the youth how to be a positive role model and leadership skills. FYI as given my daughter opportunities to help people within in the community such as making sleeping bagsbfor the homeless, and volunteering in distributing cans to people in need. This has given my daughter valuable insight on how she can make a difference helping others and learning very early that she has the ability to make a positive change. I truly am very grateful to have an organization that of FYI and will recommend it to anyone!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FYI was my formal introduction into the world of after schools. It is a welcoming, family environment that makes everyone feel as if they belong. There was always room for creativity and growth for both staff and participants. Youth all over the world need organizations such as these that will provide personal attention and foster growth and community awareness.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Sarai Mercado, and I have been in FYI for 2 years. My experience in FYI has been amazing. FYI as been my second home. FYI helps with what i need and when i need it. If I need help in s subject in school and I come to FYI and tell them they right away help me with what ever I need! I when i enter the FYI building I am filled with joy and happiness. Even on a sad day when I enter the FYI building my mood changes and I am happy when I leave the building. Thank You FYI for being the way you are!!!!!!!!

1 Edilenni P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in Fresh Youth Initiatives for over 3 years now. I have many reason why I still come to FYI. One of the main reasons is because they treat the paricipant likes a family. Another, reason is because I have alot of fun in FYI. A reason I still come to FYI is because I see my friend that don't go to my school. Another reason, is because I enjoy being here.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience started when i was 10 years old and i love it, i never thought that i will love fyi so much. Fyi is a part of my heart and i will never leave fyi because i will feel like i am betraying my family. This is the best program i ever had been. i wish i could spend more years here.!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I been in Fresh Youth Initiatives for 3 years. Its been a pleasure being here. I love coming in everyday because your always welcomed here and its like a family. Ive learned so many things here. We get to experience new things and travel to so many places.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Enmanuel Portes and I have been with for about 7 years now, I originally found out about FYI through my older brother, he introduced me to the program and had always told me about how he had so much fun and had some very amazing experiences. So as soon as I met the age requirement I decided to join the Summer Camp and after school programs, and ever since I have fallen in love with FYI. I continue coming to FYI because whenever I come here I always have a fun time and I really enjoy myself now matter what we do, everything from playing UNO with other participants or just having conversations with the Boys Group. Also I have a fun time doing community service, whenever we do service and people notice our good acts it gives me a very satisfying feeling and lets me feel as though I truly am making a difference to my community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with FYI for 3 years now and I have been enjoying everyday of FYI. FYI has taught me not be shy and to be outspoken. The reason I keep coming to FYI is because if I don't come I feel like I'm leaving my other family. FYI is a big part of my life now. My FYI experience cannot be told in a summary.