About 65% of NVFS clients speak a language other than English as their primary language at home.

Youth Development

"A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
-- UNCF 1971 ad campaign, Forest Long

For around 180 days a year, depending on the school district, public school students spend about 8 hours a day in class with other students, faculty and staff. If the student is involved in an after-school activity, such as sports or the arts, and if they are transported via bus from even relatively short distances from the school they attend, tack on another two hours.

Without absences, that totals close to 1,800 hours in a school year. That's a significant amount of time in anyone's life, but add complications like language difficulties and cultural differences, plus academic difficulties and even a lack of interest or motivation, and you've got the potential for problems.

In addition, many children do not attend schools or are very limited in their engagement with their peers. Those who lack a safe home environment, or are without a positive role model, often band together and form unhealthy relationships. Our programs address the complex social and familial networks that area youth find themselves in.

Those programs are:

  • 1-2-1 Mentor Program
    Afterschool mentoring to help youth build skills, knowledge and attitudes that prepare them to become healthy and productive members of the community.
  • Intervention, Prevention and Education (IPE)
    Intervention, prevention and education programs designed to help youth at-risk for gang involvement, and their families.