If so, whom?
The typical FYI participant is 10-18 years old, of either Latino or African-American descent, and lives in a family with an income close to or below the poverty line. Academically, they are usually in the "middle of the pack"- the kid who often fall between the cracks of the educational system because they are neither underachievers nor are they "gifted" - but who have tremendous potential if given the attention and encouragement of a supportive environment. Most participants live in our home community of Washington Heights, in Upper Manhattan, New York City.
Our mission is to support and encourage the efforts of young people in Washington Heights to design and carry out community service projects, develop leadership skills, fulfill their potential and realize their dreams.
In addition we pair up responsible adult volunteers with youth through our mentoring program with the purpose to help guide the young people through a positive path. Mentors help to expose them to new and different social cultural and educational activities and experiences.