About US

Forging Youth Resilience

What is FYR?

Formerly known as Steve’s Club National Program, 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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

A world where all young people feel strong, capable, and confident to become the best version of themselves.

Our Values

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.

GRIT

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?

FYR serves youth who are facing one or more of the following challenges who would not otherwise have access to the services we provide:

  • 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.

Our History

2007

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.

2010

Steve’s Club National Program was created to help gyms nationwide start Local Clubs in their communities.

2013

Steve’s Club National Program held its first summer leadership camp.

2021

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.

Our Team

Youth Advisory Committee

Grace

Grace

Co-Chair

Nashville Member

Tatyana

Tatyana

Co-Chair

Fearless Athletics Member

Erza

Erza

Committee Member

Denver Alumnus

Gabbie

Gabbie

Committee Member

Camden Alumna

Juwan

Juwan

Committee Member

Nashville Member

Kyra

Kyra

Committee Member

Nashville Member

Paa

Paa

Committee Member

Nashville Member

Ray

Ray

Committee Member

Denver Alumnus

Sapjah

Sapjah

Committee Member

Camden Member

Shekinah

Shekinah

Committee Member

Nashville Member

Staff

Alida Sholl

Alida Sholl

Interim Executive Director

alida@forgingyouth.org

Jory Johnston

Jory Johnston

Director of Development

jory@forgingyouth.org

Ratih Sutrisno

Ratih Sutrisno

Communications Manager

ratih@forgingyouth.org

Christina Kampf

Christina Kampf

Programs Manager

christina@forgingyouth.org

Board of Directors

Lee Knight

Lee Knight

President

Co-Founder of FYR; COO at Synthesis, a Leadership Assessment Company

Duncan Seawell, Psy.D.

Duncan Seawell, Psy.D.

Vice President

Child & Adolescent Psychologist; Founder of Steve’s Club Denver

Brendan Corcoran

Brendan Corcoran

Treasurer

Investment Advisor at Evoke | ARIS

Alida Sholl

Alida Sholl

Secretary

Ecommerce Consultant

Kenneth Ho

Kenneth Ho

Board Member

Principal at Westside Investment Partners

Jennifer Hunter-Marshall

Jennifer Hunter-Marshall

Board Member

Co-Owner CrossFit Garden City; CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff

Thomas Leland

Thomas Leland

Board Member

Partner at Holland & Knight LLC

Lawrence Shagrin

Lawrence Shagrin

Board Member

Private Equity – Partner

Tatyana

Tatyana

Board Member

Youth Representative; FYR Intern; Student

Mike Viola

Mike Viola

Board Member

Regional President at naviHealth, Inc.