Who we serve

For over 145 years, The Fresh Air Fund has provided life-changing and transformative summer experiences in the outdoors for NYC children from low-income communities. The Fund has served more than 1.8 million children since 1877 

Communities

Community partners across five boroughs

Families

of participating families in 2021 would recommend The Fresh Air Fund to family and friends

Youth

of youth reported feeling more confident after participating in a 2021 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 2021 Summer Program Participants Gave Us:

Youth

4.6 out of 5

Parents

4.7 out of 5
98%

of parents / guardians surveyed would recommend our Summer 2021 programs to family and friends 

Across all of our Summer 2021 programs, 84of youth said they got better at meeting people and making friends; 86% of parents / guardians reported their child(ren) is more open to trying new things and 90% of youth reported feeling active and healthy.

My favorite thing about The Fresh Air Fund is that you have the chance to make new friends and it gives you the opportunity to see the world differently.

Nyael, 13, Fresh Air Fund participant

THE POWER OF SUMMER

In summer 2021, we launched six programs. Our in-person, virtual and hybrid programs supported healthy childhood development, addressed summer learning loss and provided children with opportunities to strengthen social-emotional skills.

Fresh Air Summer Spaces

95%

of children feel more active and healthy

92%

of children said the program helped them get better at meeting people and making friends

Fresh Air Open Spaces

97%

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

97%

of participants feel more active and healthy

Fresh Air Teen Programs

86%

of teens felt more confident

595

youth served

Fresh Air Family Wellness

1,163

adults and children participated in the program

99%

of families felt more connected as a family

Fresh Air Everywhere

800+

books were sent to Fresh Air Everywhere campers

92%

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

Friendly Towns Connect

533

"supply boxes" were sent to participants

84%

of participants shared their experience made them want to visit new places

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 2021, 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 over 200 youth, ages 18-24, as counselors across all our programs, including more than 50 alumni of Fresh Air programs.

The Fresh Air Fund has impacted me by allowing me to experience new things and exposing me to other ideas and careers that I never would have imagined. I had so many new ideas and got to think outside of the box.

Ashley, 15, Teen Academy