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Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc.

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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

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