What is FYR?
Forging Youth Resilience (FYR) is a member-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Local Clubs in cities across the country. Our clubs partner with fitness facilities nationwide to bring fitness, nutrition, and mentorship to youth who otherwise would not have access to these services.
All FYR athletes, coaches, and volunteers strive to live by our GRIT values. We use them to guide our actions and create the positive environment we envision.
FYR empowers young people to build physical and mental strength for life by providing access to a network of community-based fitness programs and mentorship.
A world where all young people feel strong, capable, and confident to become the best version of themselves.
Growth – Rebound from challenges, keep learning, and strive to be your best
Respect – Treat everyone well, value and accept yourself and others where they are
Integrity – Do the right thing, commit to excellence, and be a role model for others
Teamwork – Encourage and motivate others, collaborate, and give back
Who Do we Serve?
At FYR, we serve youth who may be facing challenges or would not otherwise have access to the services we provide. This may include:
- Youth coming from under-resourced families or neighborhoods
- Youth out-of-school, including youth out-of-school facing unemployment
- Youth in or aging out of foster care
- Youth experiencing homelessness
- Youth who may need an alternative pathway educational environment (at-risk to leave secondary school without a diploma)
- Youth who are involved in the justice system
- Youth experiencing environmental factors that put their health, safety, and well-being at risk
- Youth facing socio-emotional challenges exacerbated by being part of an under-resourced environment
Why Do we Exist?
We believe in the next generation and their potential to change the world. Yet many youth do not have the same access to resources as others. Without access to resources, it’s often hard to see the bigger picture or the path forward.
By providing a critical network of support and imperative skills, we help empower our athletes to tackle the challenges and continued barriers they face outside of our program. Through a foundation of functional fitness and strength training, we open their eyes to new perspectives by challenging their limits. We support them in setting goals and breaking them.
Most importantly, we help them realize they are strong and capable while giving them the confidence to grow into adulthood.
The first club was started by Steve Liberati in a public housing complex in Camden, NJ, ranked as one of the FBI’s most dangerous cities in the country.
Steve’s Club National Program was created to help gyms nationwide start Local Clubs in their communities.
Steve’s Club National Program held its first summer leadership camp.
Steve’s Club National Program rebranded to Forging Youth Resilience (FYR). With Local Clubs across the country, FYR has helped thousands of young folks transform their lives.
Youth Advisory Committee
Fearless Athletics Member
Director of Communications and Interim Director of Development
Director of Programs
Community Engagement Manager
Board of Directors
Duncan Seawell, Psy.D.
Child & Adolescent Psychologist; Founder of FYR Denver
Principal at Westside Investment Partners
Director of Child Protection and Safety at the YMCA-USA
Director of Development at North Carolina Community Foundation
General Counsel at Oura
Owner Mettle Fitness, Former NFL Player
Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of the East Bay
Sr. Manager of Health Education at CrossFit, LLC.
Co-Owner CrossFit Garden City; CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff
Co-Founder of FYR; COO at Synthesis, a Leadership Assessment Company
Private Equity – Partner