OUR MISSION: Figure Skating in Harlem helps girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. We are the only organization in the world for girls of color that combines the power of education with access to the artistic discipline of figure skating to build champions in life. OUR VISION: To empower every young girl with the skills and foundation to achieve her dreams.
The majority of our students reside in Central and East Harlem and the South Bronx, some of New York City's poorest neighborhoods. About two-thirds come from low-income families, whose annual income is less than $45,000. Generally, around 70% of our students identify as Black, 15% as Latina, and 15% as Multiracial. About 60% of our students qualify to participate in NYC's Free Lunch Program. Our students face multiple challenges as girls growing up within a culture of generational poverty.
Figure Skating in Harlem's primary goal is for each of young woman of color in our program to develop the foundational academic, social and leadership skills to achieve her dreams. The long-term objectives of participating in the program are that our girls will: have the academic foundation to graduate from high school and succeed at a four-year college, possess positive social and emotional skills, and have confidence in their ability to achieve their personal goals.
Figure Skating in Harlem has a 25+year track record of success. As a result of participating, Figure Skating in Harlem girls grow academically, physically and emotionally over time. The vast majority of our students maintain a "B" average or higher in school. We can boast 100% graduation rate among our high school seniors, who have gone on to attend great colleges. This project will impact 200 girls in our program this year and many more in the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).