Goodman Community Center | Fit Youth Initiative (FYI)

Fit Youth Initiative (FYI)

Mission: an equitable sports-based youth development program that develops character, confidence, and coachable qualities to empower youth to lead in our community.

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FYI is a community center collaboration with the goal of creating a long-term impact in the healthy lifestyle choices of its participants.

FYI aims to increase the level of activity and the consumption of healthy foods by offering consistent, intentional, evidence-based fitness and nutrition programming for children ages 3-18 and their families. Since its inception in 2014, FYI has grown to reach thousands of youth and their families, providing active options, recreational activities, and increasing their physical activity levels and consumption of healthy foods.

Get Involved in FYI Programming

We have opportunities for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as employment opportunities for teens.

Core programming components:

  • Physical literacy: develop abilities, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.
  • Holistic development: Integrate social-emotional, academic and life skill development into programming.
  • Equitable opportunities to engage all youth, including scholarships to help with season fees.
  • Youth voice: involve youth in program planning and implementation.
  • Family engagement.

Out of School Programs

FYI is currently offered at four partner sites, along with Goodman Community Center:

  • East Madison Community Center
  • Kennedy Heights Community Center
  • Vera Court Neighborhood Center
  • NESYB Attack Basketball

Centers embed FYI programming into their out-of-school programs. Example programming includes gardening, biking, swimming lessons, outdoor education and fishing, SPARK physical education curriculum, cooking, mindfulness, safety, nutrition, pickle ball, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, inter-site sports leagues and events, and more.

Why FYI?

Equitable Opportunities

We meet youth where they are in terms of skill level and needs. We provide scholarships to reduce season fees.

Positive Youth Development

We believe competitive teams can be built by focusing on development. In addition to athletics, participants learn about expectations of student-athletes in high school, build leadership and communication skills, and participate in field trips and community service activities.

A Feeder Program

FYI connects community and school systems.

Supportive Culture

We provide an inclusive, welcoming environment that values diversity.

Intentional Programming

We engage student-athletes in developmentally appropriate, active learning opportunities that facilitate positive life skill development.

Community-building

We strive to integrate family, school and community efforts to enhance east side pride.

For more information about FYI contact:

Trevor Moores

Sports Manager
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FYI is funded by the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation.