Fresh Youth Initiatives NY

Recognizing that young people in Washington Heights lack safe, structured, and engaging ways to spend time in the non-school hours of the day, Fresh Youth Initiatives (FYI) was launched in 1993 as a community-based youth development organization. FYI's mission is to support and encourage young people in Washington Heights to design and carry out community service projects, develop leadership skills, fulfill their potential and realize their dreams. Participants in FYI clean parks, paint murals, volunteer in community gardens, make and distribute homemade sleeping bags for the homeless, and volunteer in our own youth-run, adult facilitated food pantry, The Helping Hands Food Pantry, among other things.