Preview our NEW Educational Series
to the website of The Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization
(LFYO), a youth development and leadership program dedicated
to enriching the lives of at-risk children...one child at a time. The
purpose of LFYO is to provide youth with a variety of
services and activities for the purpose of enhancing their social, moral,
educational, and financial development. We do this through mentoring,
life skills training, group/sport activities & camps, financial literacy
programs and scholarships.
are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all proceeds and contributions
made to LFYO are tax deductible. We invite you to view
our website for details on how you can become involved with our innovative,
life-changing youth program. On behalf of all of the at-risk youth that
we are serving, I thank you for visiting us!
In 2000, Lawrence
and Monya Funderburke decided to mobilize their long-time commitment
to community service and serving youth into an organization geared toward
uplifting and educating today's youth...And so the Lawrence Funderburke
Youth Organization (LFYO) was born!
In conjunction with the
Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, LFYO currently operates a unique
youth education program, Are you POSITIVE one or a NEGATIVE zero?,
which teaches life skills by focusing upon education, morality, self-esteem
and numerous other related topics.
LYFO is growing
by leaps and bounds with plans to expand Are you a POSITIVE one or a
NEGATIVE zero? to additional locations and hosted a number or free inner-city
basketball clinics in 2005.
LFYO is a youth
development and leadership program dedicated to enriching the lives of at-risk
children, one child at a time. Our organizational purpose is to provide
youth with a variety of services and activities for the purpose of enhancing
their social, moral, and educational development. The four primary program
components are mentoring, life skills training, group/sport activities and
camps, financial literacy programs and scholarships. Our program is designed
to help kids to see themselves as investments that must appreciate in value
The Lawrence Funderburke
Youth Organization (LFYO) was formed on the belief that children must
view themselves as investments that must appreciate in value in order to
succeed. Our youth, like investments, require time, patience and refining
in order to maximize their true potential and value. LFYO is committed
to providing youth, regardless of race, social or economic status, with
the information, resources and opportunity to appreciate their value.
LFYO desires to serve as a resource for youth. LFYO's goals include the following:
The Funderburke's wanted to establish a long-term institution that would
change the lives of youth and empower them to reach their potential; not
only while involved with the program, but throughout the rest of their
lives. The primary goal of the program is to motivate youth to continue
their education and live their lives with a positive purpose. While playing
for the Sacramento Kings, Lawrence developed an after-school program in
the Sacramento, California area that utilized local schools.
- To provide a safe,
structured and conducive environment for youth to express themselves,
learn and grow.
- To work in conjunction
with the schools, parents, churches, corporations, and the community
in creating future leaders.
- To offer long-term
mentoring and training programs that will create life-long relationships
and long-term results.
- To provide access
to enriching activities which will allow youth to develop into well-rounded
- To assist youth
in becoming responsible, productive, successful adults.
- To help guide youth
in making informed and intelligent decisions about their future.
- To teach and equip
youth to tap into their gifts and talents and to live a purposeful life.
- To partner with
other youth organizations and programs to aid and meet the needs of