Who we serve

Over our more than 140 year history, we have served more than 1.8 million children. In Summer 2020, despite the challenges of Covid-19, we continued to serve New York City communities, families and youth. 

Communities

of 2020 participants live in NYC communities that were most severely affected by COVID-19

Families

of participating families in 2020 would recommend The Fresh Air Fund to family and friends

Youth

of youth reported feeling more confident after participating in a 2020 summer program

Investing in our Youth

We believe that investing in a child’s journey through life provides an opportunity for young people to learn, grow and thrive in NYC and beyond. Fresh Air programs serve children from NYC’s low-income communities and are free of charge.

Our 2020 Summer Program Participants Gave Us:

Youth

4.6 out of 5

Parents

4.7 out of 5
98%

of parents / caregivers surveyed would recommend our Summer 2020 programs to family and friends 

Across all of our Summer 2020 programs, 91% of youth reported feeling safe; 86% of caregivers reported their child(ren) is more open to trying new things and 88% of youth reported feeling active and healthy.  

It’s so great to see my boys setting an alarm and looking forward to the day. We’ve seen them laugh, learn and be happy for the first time in a long time. The staff engages and teaches, which is really nice to see. We had many struggles but your staff really goes above and beyond, and we want to say thank you.

Marjorie, Mother of Lorenzo and Adriano, Fresh Air Everywhere Participants

A SUMMER REIMAGINED

We recognized that summer would look very different in 2020 and were committed to finding the resources and creative solutions to reimagine summer and keep its magic alive.

Fresh Air Everywhere

97%

of caregivers would recommend the program to friends and family

87%

of campers said the program made them feel active and healthy

2,064

“camp in a box” kits were sent to campers

92%

of campers said their experience made them want to take better care of the environment

Fresh Air Summer Spaces

12,000

available slots at 10 sites

92%

of children said their time at Summer Spaces helped them feel more active and healthier

96%

of caregivers said they would be interested in a similar Summer Spaces program in the future

88%

of caregivers said their child/children is more open to trying new things

Fresh Air Teen Programs

88%

of participants reported feeling more confident

87%

found new things they were good at – that they didn’t know they were good at

500+

youth served

$416,800

funds distributed to support stipends

Fresh Air Family Wellness

1,257

people participated in the program

100%

would recommend the program to family and friends

291

bags of fresh produce were given to families

99%

felt more connected as a family

Leadership in Action

The Fresh Air Fund has a long history of providing leadership and professional development opportunities for young people. In a typical summer, The Fund employs over 500 seasonal staff. In 2020, as opportunities for young people to gain paid work experience were dramatically limited, our commitment became even stronger. Through Fresh Air Everywhere, Teen Programs and Summer Spaces, we employed 200 New York City youth ages 18-24. 45 of the youth employed were alumni of Fresh Air programs. 

I learned active listening, flexibility, communication, and team-work. I learned a lot from the children, such as to be genuine, have fun without holding back, and give your all to every game.

Joshua, Summer Spaces Staff