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ERIC Number: EJ1068787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
We Think You Need a Vacation...: The Discipline Model at Fresh Youth Initiatives
Afterschool Matters, n2 p49-56 Spr 2003
Fresh Youth Initiative (FYI) is a youth development organization based in the Washington Heights-Inwood section of Manhattan. The group's mission is to support and encourage the efforts of neighborhood young people and their families to design and carry out community service and social action projects, develop leadership skills, fulfill their potential and realize their dreams. They accomplish their mission primarily though their youth-led, adult-facilitated community service and social action program, "Community Youth in Action." FYI programming consists of projects that include making sleeping bags for the homeless, the operation of New York City's only youth-run, adult-facilitated food pantry, painting the apartments of senior citizens, community mural projects, free clothing distribution and, coming soon, a "Goodwill-"style store. However, they are most proud of the culture they have been able to create among young people, their families and the community. Their tag line, "Taking Responsibility for Things that Matter," has become a beacon for behavior expected from their members. The young people of FYI have performed a stunning 42,000 hours of volunteer community service since their inception, and volunteers within their community have assisted them in having a major impact on the landscape of Washington Heights-Inwood. In this article, the authors introduce what they feel are some of the keys to the program's success: the marriage of community service and social action to youth development, and a philosophy of discipline that encourages the very best behavior from their program participants. [This article was written by the FYI writing team: Tania Ortiz, Rodney Fuller, Jayson Guilbe, Maria Terrero, and Laura Myers.]
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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