Who we serve

Over our more than 140 year history, we have served more than 1.8 million children. Our programs continue to benefit New York City communities, families and youth.

Communities

of 2018 participants came from NYC’s most under-resourced communities, based on measures of child well-being

Families

countries of origin and 21 household languages were represented by our 2018 families

Youth

of first time participants were away from New York City overnight for the first time without family

How it works

Fresh Air Fund programs are 100% free for NYC families that meet our income guidelines.

Our 2018 Summer Program Participants Gave Us:

Youth

4.3 out of 5

Parents

4.7 out of 5
98%

of parents surveyed in 2018 would recommend The Fresh Air Fund to family and friends.

Nearly 75% of families reapply after their child’s summer experience. Youth who return for a second summer participate in our programs for an average of four years.

The Fresh Air Fund literally opened a door for me. I met so many great people, achieved so many goals and took in so much that I still carry with me until today.

Fresh Air Alumnus, now in her early 20’s (2018 Alumni Survey)

Results that speak for themselves

Stakeholder surveys and program data provide a snapshot of summer 2018 and the 2018-19 school year.

Develop Inner Strength

100%

of summer youth participants navigated their independence, living away from home

89%

of youth reported feeling brave for trying new things during their Fresh Air experience

86%

of youth reported becoming more comfortable meeting new and different people

83%

of parents reported their child’s experience with The Fresh Air Fund made them more confident

Take on Challenges & Learn Life Skills

88%

of campers reported they felt proud of developing skills, from swimming to public speaking

2,500+

books were read by campers, supported by Camp libraries

10,000+

hours of tutoring and mentoring were provided during the school year

35

high school students were certified in First Aid/CPR/AED training at Camp

Build Relationships & Support Networks

83%

of parents reported their child developed a stronger support network of friends and mentors

98%

of Career Awareness high school freshmen reported the program helped them learn to respect the ideas of others

75%

of College Connections 2018 graduates are still in regular contact with their high school mentors

125+

Fresh Air alumni worked at our Camps and NYC office, including 39 CITs

Expand Perspectives & Set Goals

100%

of College Connections 2018 high school graduates were admitted to a 2- or 4-year college

72%

of parents reported that their child has new ideas for the future because of their Fresh Air experience

250+

students attended job-shadowing events hosted by corporate and community partners

14+

states along the East Coast and Southern Canada hosted Friendly Towns youth

Reach & Influence

The Fresh Air Fund is changing the conversation about summer.

With a commitment to program quality, retention, and leadership development, we are realizing the full potential of summer. And we are learning that the effects of participating in our programs can last a lifetime.

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Regular attendance in high quality summer programs is associated with a range of positive academic and social development outcomes, including improved skills in literacy, improved self esteem and leadership skills.

National Summer Learning Association