Fiver Children’s Foundation is dedicated to working with students from Central New York and New York City over a ten year period so that they grow into happy, fulfilled adults who make positive contributions to their work, family and community.
Students from economically disadvantaged circumstances are referred to Fiver at age eight, and stay involved until they graduate from high school. These students, known as “Fivers,” spend each summer at an intensive summer learning program at Camp Fiver in Poolville, New York, just a few minutes away from the Colgate University campus. Throughout the year, they participate in one-on-one mentoring meetings with their Fiver counselors, as well as college guidance meetings and tours, career readiness and job training.
The Fiver Children’s Foundation is seeking funding to support the Camp Fiver experience for students residing in Madison County. Since 2000, Fiver has enriched and advanced the lives of more than 200 Madison County youth and families who are potentially at-risk by providing each participating student with ten years of camp experiences. All of the Madison County students who are referred to Fiver qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Students referred to Fiver this past year come from households where the mean income is $36,695.
Fiver’s commitment to students has been recognized by the National Summer Learning Association as one of the best summer learning programs in the nation. A survey conducted in 2014 showed that since 2006, 97% of program graduates have completed high school, and 90% of those students have gone on to college or the military.