National Program Structure
Forging Youth Resilience (FYR) is a member-based organization with Local Clubs nationwide.
FYR is an umbrella organization where “FYR HQ” acts as the “parent” organization and provides clubs with several shared services and network benefits. FYR HQ carries out many of the administrative duties required (legal, accounting, marketing, etc.) so that Local Clubs can focus on training and mentoring athletes.
Local Clubs have the flexibility to set up and run their program to best fit the needs of their community. This decentralized structure is scalable and allows the clubs to run their programs independently – offering fitness, nutrition education, and mentorship throughout the year
Support from FYR HQ
FYR HQ provides Local Clubs with the tools they need to run a successful nonprofit program, such as 501(c)(3) status (can receive tax-deductible donations and apply to be exempt from state sales tax), member resources (templates, best practices, workshops), marketing material, a background check system (for coaches and volunteers), as well as administrative/operational, accounting, legal, and fundraising support.
HQ also periodically sends athletic gear, shoes, equipment, and food products from its sponsors to clubs to be distributed to their athletes.
Best Practices from Other Local Clubs
When you start a Local Club, you become part of an existing network of like-minded individuals and 20+ clubs across the country that share best practices.
Opportunities for FYR Athletes
FYR athletes have the opportunity to apply to nationwide Forging Youth Resilience events and initiatives such as Camp FYR, scholarships for youth to become certified coaches, specialty trips, competitions, etc.
Local Club Objectives
1. Foster a safe and nurturing environment for youth facing challenges
2. Create a community of caring – encourage mentoring and positive interactions with coaches and other members of the community
3. Offer a variety of opportunities for youth to learn about fitness, nutrition, and personal development
4. Fundraise to support the needs of the program
5. Be good stewards of the FYR mission and make sure the program is running effectively
Founder of FYR Denver
“Being part of FYR has been a great experience. I knew I wanted to share my love of fitness with youth in need and considered starting my own nonprofit. As I learned more about FYR, I knew this was the right approach because there was a national network of other Local Clubs and they already knew how to set everything up.
The onboarding process was easy. FYR staff answered a lot of the tricky questions around running a nonprofit (I didn’t have to get my own 501(c)(3), which saved me a lot of work, $ and time!), and I was training youth from my community in a few months.
FYR provides templates and resources to help me run my program, hosts conference calls for Local Club coaches to share best practices, and most importantly – offers opportunities like Camp FYR and L1 Certifications for teens in our program.
Start a Club
Work directly with youth!
Do you share our mission of empowering young people to build physical and mental strength for life? Consider starting a Local Club!
There are many opportunities to get involved:
- Donate a Percentage from your Local Event.
- Create a Scholarship.
- Donate Gear, Equipment, Talent.
- Support a Local Club.
Every dollar helps us empower youth.
We rely on donations and fundraising efforts to provide opportunities for our youth athletes and Local Clubs.