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Foundation For Second Chances

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Foundation for Second Chances, Inc is a community based organization which utilizes mentoring, hands-on education and community service to maximize the potential of youth.

Target demographics: disadvantage youth ages 5-24 utilize hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness and community service to maximize their potential

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150

Geographic areas served: South Los Angeles, Bakersfield

Programs: Afterschool, Mentoring, Leadership, Community Service, Tutoring, YouthBuild and Reading Literacy.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Genelle B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Foundation for Second Chances some years ago when my niece and nephews were students in the after school program. Upon meeting the founder, Melissa Wyatt, I understood the driving force behind the program and the commitment to the children the organization serves. The people who work for the FFSC are a heartfelt bunch with a dedication that is unparalleled. All of the programs that are spearheaded by the FFSC are not only beneficial to the students in the programs, but the community at large, and that is truely the way to positively impact a community. I am committed to supporting the FFSC's efforts and have pulled family and friends into the fold. If more people reach out to give and get helping hands for this cause, we all win.

The organization has several initiatives including the following:
* After school educational program
*Community beautification days
*Mentoring program
*Annual community health fair
*Annual Gift of Giving holiday event

Each program addresses a specific concern, and together create a more comprehensive approach to building a better community.

1 Jeff M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a board member with Foundation for Second Chances because they were making a difference in the lives of young people. Everyone in the organization is passionate about working with young people to help them develop to their full potential. The passion is infectious and I wanted to be part of what I sensed was a movement.

What makes Second Chances different is the intimate relationships between staff and parents. Everyone knows everyone and it reminds me of the old adage "it takes a village to raise a child."


Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a board menber with the Foundation after witnessing firsthand the passion and drive that the Executive Director Melissa Wyatt put into Foundation For Second Chances on a daily basis . Her devotion to helping these children to overcome the challenges placed in front of them struck a cord within me. I knew I had to be a part of such an amazing organization. We combined our skills and talents to produce a very successful event in 2010 called "A Taste of Health and Fitness" which was very instrumental in raising the awareness of health and fitness options for the surrounding community. I look forward to working the Foundation in many more future events. They are a much needed resource and cannot be allowed to diminish in their effectiveness.