The Need

In addition to coming from economically disadvantaged circumstances, Fivers face other daunting and complex challenges. More than half are raised by single parents and many have had to learn English and acclimate to a new culture. Most of our kids come from groups under-represented in higher education and professional careers, have few examples of academic persistence in their lives and are hoping to be the first in their family to attend college. Children are referred from partner organizations located in neighborhoods where gangs, drugs and violence are widespread. We believe that rebuilding neighborhood social capital can be accomplished one young person at a time.  Fiver serves approximately 500 children and their families, annually.

Our Results

  • Since 2006, 99% of program graduates have graduated from high school, a figure well beyond the approximately 70% percent average of their New York area peers with Hispanic and Black young men achieving just over 50% and Hispanic and Black young women 60% in the last 5 years in New York City (Kemple, 2013).
  • 90% of those program graduates have gone on to college or entered the military, many being the first in their family to achieve this milestone. Similar students in New York City have an average college enrollment rate under 50% in the last 5 years (Coca, 2014).
  • 75% of Fivers reported discussing morals/values with someone during the school year.
  • Fiver participants report lower incidences of risky behaviors and higher incidences of healthy behaviors than comparable groups of urban children living in poverty (National Youth Risk Behavior Survey).
  • 80% of middle/high school youth believe Fiver has been a positive turning point in their lives.
  • 92% of youth reported doing at least two things at camp that were “courageous” because they did something outside their comfort zone at camp.

Program Retention

  • 85% of the participants who attended Fiver programs in 2014 returned again in 2015.
  • Since 2000, more than 1,300 kids have attended at least 1 year of Fiver programs.

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