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Volunteers Lend a Hand
FYI loves our volunteers!  They make so much possible by leveraging staff resources and providing increased one-on-one time with our children. This year, 45 volunteers from three institutions are improving FYI services at every grade level and in a variety of learning areas from STEM, reading and English fluency to sports and the arts. 
Fieldston High School @ FYI
For the past two years, FYI has collaborated with Ethical Culture Fieldston School to provide ten seniors with volunteer experience. Just like FYI, Fieldston is committed to excellence in education and to developing young leaders with a commitment to community service. Fieldston students work weekly at three different FYI programs -- Gregorio Luperon High School, The Welcome Program at P.S. 128, and in our middle school program on 171st Street.  They fill varied roles -- as basketball/baseball coaches, group leaders, homework helpers, and tutors. 
Fieldston senior, Jeremy Silverman, helping an elementary school student, Angel Santana, with his homework. 
Fieldston senior, Charlotte Schwebel, plans for her all-girls group.

West Point Military Academy @ FYI

West Point Military Academy visited FYI on January 28th  to launch Project Expand, a STEM based project that invites FYIers to create post apocalyptic worlds from their imaginations. West Point cadets created their own model world demonstrating suspension, irrigation, and security systems to inspire our participants. Looking forward -- forty-five FYIers will tour West Point and visit classes during a field trip scheduled for the April spring break. Special thanks to Cadet John Kneibel who is coordinating West Point's community volunteer program with FYI.

Back Row (left to right) Cadets Marq Watson, Hunter Whitney, Ryan Kowal, John Fulton, John Kneibel, and Jake Kahoe. Front Row (left to right) FYIer Wendy Pena, Cadet Madison Davis, and FYIer Susan Gonzalez
Cadets Madison Davis, Ryan Kowal and Hunter Whitney building their model world.
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital @ FYI

A group of twenty doctors, researchers and assistants from the Center for Behavior Cardiovascular Health (CBCH) at Columbia University have joined FYI as volunteers, working at Gregorio Luperon High School and at the P.S. 128 Welcome Program.  Several CBCH employees themselves are immigrants so they bring compassion and insight to their students at Luperon. In the Welcome Program, volunteers play the vital role of Class Coaches, filling in where needed, checking that homework is completed correctly and with understanding, and providing essential tutoring supports.  

Volunteers, Othanya Garcia and Gabriel Sanchez, helping high school student, Jesus, with his math homework at Gregorio Luperon High School. 
Your donation supports FYI's college class of 2031!
We cannot do it without you. Thank you.
Thank you to all our volunteers!
Board of Directors
Rebecca Sale, Board Chair         Steve Elkes
  Amit Jain, Vice Chair                 Billie Gibson
 Yuriy Boykiv, Treasurer            Berta Matos
    Jeff Haber, Secretary                 Claudel Pressa
        Ed Lehmann, Chair Emeritus   Crissaris Sarnelli
                                                    Lewis Schiff

Eileen Lyons, Executive Director
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