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Fiver's programs

Fiver programs take place at our midtown Manhattan program space, called The Warren, Camp Fiver in Poolville, NY, partnering community organizations, schools throughout New York City and out in the community.  Fiver delivers programs in the following ways:

  • One-on-one work with our Fivers
  • Residential summer camp
  • Summer internships
  • Small group workshops and outings during school breaks, after-school hours, weekends and summer
  • One-on-one and group work with parents
  • Family events

Transitional programs


Through our Step Up to Middle School, Step Up to High School and Step Up to College programs, Fiver focuses on key social and academic transitions in children’s lives that typically present challenges.

Elementary school programs help children to discover their strengths, interests and dreams. They are constantly encouraged try new things and take healthy risks. Elementary school children and their parents become familiar with the language and norms that make up Fiver culture. They see older Fivers achieving goals and they begin to visualize a path to success for themselves.

Middle school programs focus on building civic engagement and navigating changing friendships in preparation for peer-pressure situations. Staff members provide guidance on the social and academic challenges of middle school and the transition into high school. Discussions around race, culture and acceptance of differences permeate middle school programs. Fivers continue to explore their path to success with their first college visits as seventh graders.

High school programs are focused on applying lessons learned and receiving critical information and experiences for post-high school decision-making. Fivers take part in extensive college access and career readiness programming and are exposed to dozens of college students and career professionals who serve as role models. Fivers debate social issues and learn a framework for ethical decision-making.

Alumni participants continue to receive support from staff on college, career and personal challenges. Many come back to share their college and work experiences, serving as role models for younger Fivers. Alumni are frequently employed as counselors or leadership staff members at Camp Fiver.

Parents are an integral part of the Fiver Family. The Parent Advisory Council holds monthly meetings, regular educational workshops and an annual retreat to Camp Fiver where parents can meet the staff, enjoy the facility and be a kid for a day.

Summer programs

Camp Fiver

Located in the peaceful hamlet of Poolville, NY, 45 minutes southeast of Syracuse, Camp Fiver's 129-acre refuge includes woodlands, wetlands, rolling hills, athletic fields, a lake, learning center, horse barn, swimming pool, tennis courts, pavilion, dining hall, basketball courts and much more. Children spend between two and four weeks at our award-winning character-focused camp, depending on their age. Diverse and talented counselors and specialists are recruited from across the country and around the world to serve as role models for our kids.

Accommodations: Children reside in wood cabins with kids their own age, divided into boys' and girls' units. Two counselors are assigned to each cabin in addition to an assisting SERVE team member. Children create cabin contracts, complete daily chores and sit together for all meals.

Core Activities: Each age group takes part in a number of core (required) activities including Whole Self (character education), Learning Center, Environmental Education, Swimming, Health, Public Speaking, Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Debate, College Prep and Service Learning.

Electives: Participants select a number of electives including tennis, basketball, soccer, football, rugby, horseback riding, volleyball, fishing, canoeing, advanced swimming, weaving, Latin dance, hip-hop dance, African dance, Zumba, yoga, art, jewelry making, puppet making, creative writing/poetry, advanced environmental education and newsletter.

Trips: Each age group embarks on a number of adventure challenge trips including low and high ropes courses, indoor rock-climbing, a wilderness camping trip and both day and overnight college visits.

Summer Internship and Training Program

In place of the average summer job lacking in support and learning opportunities, high school seniors and rising college freshmen take part in a four-week city-based internship and career development program for which they receive a stipend.

Thank you to these companies for hosting Fiver interns! If your company would like to learn more about hosting a Fiver intern, please contact andy@fiver.org.

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