Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI), originally began as Tri-County Right to Life in 1978. Co-founded by Pat Banaszak and Carol Tipton, its primary goal was to provide free education and support services to struggling teen mothers. In its first 15 years, the Women's Network served over 1,200 families via three centers in Southwest Ohio.
In 1993, the Women's Network experienced a 45% surge in requests for pregnancy tests from girls ages 10 to 11. This shocking trend inspired the organization to go before the Fairborn Board of Education and request permission to come into the middle and high schools to educate youth on relationships, responsibility, and empower them with positive means to reach their long term goals. The board welcomed them into the school and since that time the organization has broadened its mission to "Empowering Families/ Providing Hope." In 2004, with the change in board, the organization changed its name to Family & Youth Initiatives to represent several services with the same statement.
FYI now represents several community services, including:
Education and tools for those facing an unplanned pregnancy or wanting to become a better parent. Network offices in New Carlisle, Springfield, an Fairborn offer services such as: one-on-one mentoring and classes for singles, groups and couples; adoption and abortion alternative information; education on pregnancy and parenting; equal support for moms and dads, and an "Earn While You Learn" parent education program where parents can earn material necessities for your children like cribs, car seats, diapers and wipes.
A proactive in-school program for middle and high school teens that focuses on: developing healthy relationships, character building, and the realities and consequences of engaging in at-risk behaviors. Topics include: sexual activity, drug and alcohol abuse and teen dating violence.
One-on-one, group, virtual, and team mentoring by caring adults to reach and influence today's youth that includes a multi-faceted program where mentors use social-emotional skills to work with youth of all backgrounds and ages. Ages range from 4th grade to 12th grade and include public school youth, as well as Juvenile Detention Center and Clark County Technical School youth.
A community garden, which allows people to grow their own produce and also supplies vegetables to the local food pantries for beginner to advanced gardeners.
With the support of our local community, we can continue to offer these services and more to the people within our reach. We want every person who walks in our door – at whatever stage of life – to walk out changed and better equipped to thrive today and have hope for his or her future.
How can you empower someone through FYI?
We believe all individuals can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Our Mission & Vision
At Family & Youth Initiatives we are dedicated to "Empowering Families and Providing Hope."
We commit ourselves to rescuing children from the
pre-born to teens as we engage, equip, and encourage those we encounter through our multiple programs.