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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 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.

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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.

Brandi10

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started last year with new horizons, they have helped me with my school work when i have a hard time understanding a subject and the best part is that it's one on one. Also thanks to them i had a one in a life chance opportunity to go to Peru with ten other girls.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with New horizons for 10 years. They have helped me stay out of trouble and helped me stay in school. They tutored me when I needed help with my school work. This organization has impacted my life dramatically. I would like to thank New Horizons for everything they have done for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended the afterschool program at New Horizons for the last 10 years and it has helped me through school. This organization helped me improve my grades and understand the importance of doing well in school.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

New Horizions provides the kind of assistance to young people that is desperately needed to help them succeed in today's world. My wife and I both tutor and find the staff and volunteers focused on only helping the kids succeed. I also am a new member of the Board. This group leaders is a great resource to the mission of New Horizons. It is well run and focused on the goal building a great organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

New Horizons is a wonderful local non-profit serving the children of Lee and Collier County who are in need of tutoring in an after school environment. The staff and volunteers are devoted and loving. The results are seen in how well these children are doing in school. From the perspective of a board member, New Horizons is efficiently managed, fiscally prudent and completely transparent to its donors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have become involved with New Horizons through our church. If I had to summarize this oraganization in a statement I would say, "ABOVE AND BEYOND." On their website New Horizons will tell you that they are an after school based program that help high risk students succeed academically and spiritually, but of course they go above and beyond that. They become the students' advocate, motivator, tutor, mentor, friend, and counselor. The things that each and every single staff member does for the children is phenomenal. For example, if just one child or teen is interested in joining the worship team at church, someone will pick them up and drive them to practice. If there is an outing that would benefit the kids someone is finding a way to get them there.

So back to the beginning my husband and I became involved with New Horizons about a year ago. Words can not even begin to explain the growth and maturity and the new sense of belonging the kids we've gotten to know feel because of the time, commitment, and love the New Horizons organization has poured into them. We love, love, love what this organization is doing for kids.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organziation from the leadership to the volunteers! The mission, vision and passion the organization exhibits is above and beyond other organziatoins I have volunteered with or have supported through donations. They are making a differenece!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization with an such an impactful purpose. This organization truly affects each and every child they work with on a day-to-day basis. My wife and I are pleased to be able to spend time in worship with several of the New Horizons children every Sunday morning and couldn't be more excited about it! It's great to see these kids growing both educationally and in faith!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of New Horizons while working in admin at Bonita Springs Elementary School. Over the last 10 years, my experiences with NH have been positively amazing. Their programs, outreach and camps are life-changing, encouraging and huge blessings to their clients, their families, and our community at large. The staff and volunteers are highly professional and intentional. Their track record is commendable. Their student choir is phenomenal! For me, a very memorable thing is that when you see a bus full of NH kids disembark, every face shines bright with a beautiful smile, evidence of the good work being poured into them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Horizons provides a wonderful environment for kids to enhance their education and obtain mentoring from volunteers. The results have been outstanding with solid improvements in grades and a rise in the kids overall confidence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"Hello Mrs Mote we love you" is what I heard as I was biking around our park yesterday late afternoon. In fact, every time I came around to that part of the park their loving words rang out. I stopped to say hello to the beautiful faces of some of the children I met while volunteering at The New Horizon's summer reading program. These children are so grateful for the opportunities and resources provided to them. I know this to be true as I am also a substitute teacher at our local school and I see the results! These children are our future leaders, voters, volunteers, and contributors to our community so any support you can offer will be appreciated. Love in Christ, Kamala Mote

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New horizons is focused on at risk children. I believe Children are our biggest resource for a better America. Education is the foundation for kids to grow and contribute to society. New Horizons works hard to see that ALL kids have an education. Even if you can't wrap your heart around kids than wrap your head around the fact that over just 1 lifetime can cost up to $300.00.00 to tax payers!! I have worked with charities for children for over 25 years. New Horizons is one of the best and has the PASSION to help our kids succeed. Whenever you have the chance to support New Horizons know your helping kids and America. This is something we can ALL support!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a been a Big Brother for the last 10 years in Texas and I have watched my little struggle with his education and development skills within the public education system. I have watched a great kid struggle due to lack of English communication and education at home, no one being home after or before school, lack a strong value system at home, and an education system that is not set up to provide the 1:1 tutoring he requires excel in school.

I was blessed to meet one of the founders of New Horizons last year and was able to learn about the program which led to my wife and I volunteering. The New Horizons program provides a strong academic curriculum and positive encouragement with fundamental christian values. The New Horizons program is providing their kids with the tools and individual attention to allow them to excel academically and become future leaders. The New Horizon leadership works very closely with the school system which has been a tremendous help to the teachers responsible for the children. In addition, the program has reached the children's families and the community to help them with a variety of needs.

I have been involved and on the board of many non profit organizations. New Horizons is at the top of the list as it relates to their commitment to their mission statement, organization, financial management and leadership.

I am so happy for the children benefiting from New Horizons and I can only wish that my Little had this type of program available to him back in Texas!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with this organization. There is a definite need in the community for the after school tutoring, and I can tell that I am directly influencing the students to help them have a better future. I look forward to working with them for years to come.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned about New Horizons and Super Kids in 2006, when I was doing research for a community foundation study about community needs. I was very impressed with the program, the kids, and their enthusiasm as they participated with the committed tutor/mentors who helped them with their homework. I was instrumental in getting grant funds for computers to provide much needed computer assisted instruction, and have had the opportunity to watch students progress over the years to become effective high school students, and then college students. The enthusiasm of the students for this program is that proof that this is effective and meaningful in improving educational results for these kids.

As a board member, my standards are very high for financial management and for program execution. New Horizons staff does incredible work while operating with minimum paid staff. The tens of thousands of volunteer hours are freely given, because the discipline of program execution assures that each student is guided in a personal and effective way. The greatest challenge we face is to organize our support so that his program can be extended to more children.

I have participated in over a dozen non-profit boards, and find New Horizons to get greater results from each donated dollar of any other NPO I've observed. This is a remarkable program serving some of our most vulnerable and at-risk people..... children from ESL homes in low income areas. I will continue to support New Horizons in every way that I can.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

While I was in eighth grade, I found about about New Horizons and I decided to join the Super Teen Club. My experience at the Super Teen Club is Terrific because of how kind the people are that help me. Also, Ms.Ellen was very helpful because of how understanding she was and how very welcoming she made me feel. She taught me so much, she helped me understand math. Since being at New Horizons, I have been on the A & B honor roll. My experience with New Horizons is magnificent; it has really helped me. Because of New Horizons, I was able to apply for a 4-year college scholarship and with the help of Ms.Ellen, I was able to receive the Take Stock and Children scholarship. The New Horizons has changed my life!
Thank You,
-Evelyn
Super Teen Club

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

New Horizons of Southwest Florida is governed by a dedicated board of community leaders who are passionate about helping at risk children and youth achieve their full potential. The organization is professionally managed by Executive Director Debra Haley, a very talented and skilled executive who is always seeking to improve the organization and how it functions. Founders Ellen and Bob Nichols continue to be closely involved in the organization, providing direction, expertise and encouragement to the staff, board, volunteers and the children in the programs. The volunteers I have met are some of the most generous-hearted people I've ever met. When they mentor the children in the programs, volunteers can see first-hand the difference they are making in the children's lives. When they share their stories about their experiences working with the children, you can immediately see how the lives of these volunteers have been touched. New Horizons is truly a place where the volunteers reap the rewards of their service alongside the young people they are helping. Its a place worthy of our time and support, and I'm proud to be associated with this worthwhile organization.

Review from Guidestar