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Welcome

Welcome 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.

We 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!

Warmly,

Lawrence Funderburke

About LFYO

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!

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.

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.

Our Mission

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 to succeed.

Our Philosophy

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.

Our Goals

LFYO desires to serve as a resource for youth. LFYO's goals include the following:
  • 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 adults.
  • 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 our participants.
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