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A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc.

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Would you like to make a difference with your dog? Disadvantaged children in New York City need help. Now you and your dog can help them. Become a volunteer team for A Fair Shake for Youth.

A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit that uses therapy dogs to help middle-school aged youth in underserved communities build greater empathy and self-esteem, and reduce bullying.

Dedicated volunteers and their dogs are at the heart of our program, power and success. Here's how it works:

  • Three volunteer/dog teams each commit to a ten-week program
  • Transportation is provided
  • Teams work with the same group of 12 kids, becoming a consistent part of their school life
  • Kids form a relationship with the volunteers and share the experience of making the dogs successful
  • Volunteers experience a profound connection to the students - their struggles and success.

Volunteers must be registered therapy dogs or AKC Canine Good Citizens.If your dog is not already one of these, training is available. We are looking for dogs that love people (especially children), are good with new situations, are resilient and well-mannered.

For more information, please visit our website at www.afairshakeforyouth.org. If you and your dog would like to volunteer with us, please email volunteer@afairshakeforyouth.org

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About A Fair Shake for Youth, Inc.


210 W. 101 St., New York, NY 10025, US

Mission Statement

To help underserved New York City Youth build greater empathy and self-esteem and reduce bullying through a hands-on program with therapy dogs.


A Fair Shake for Youth uses a hands-on program with therapy dogs to help underserved middle school youth build greater empathy and self-esteem and reduce bullying. A Fair Shake partners with public schools and community organizations to offer 10-week programs. Each week three therapy dog teams and a Fair Shake instructor work with a group of youth using a structured curriculum that combines hands-on work with the dogs and discussion of a dog-related topic. Topics include verbal and non-verbal communication, animal shelters, rescue and second chances and breed discrimination - topics that often resonate withthe youth's own life experience. The kids learn to give commands, teach tricks and try basic agility encouraging the dogs over a jump or through a tunnel. As they work with the dogs they practice positive reinforcement, experience the importance of both verbal and non-verbal communication and see the the power of relationships built on trust and respect.

The dogs, honest, non-judgmental and living in the moment make it safe for the kids to let their guard down and learn about the dogs, themselves and each other in ways that open up more possibiiites for their life.


We'll work with your schedule.


Many Locations around NYCNew York, NY 10025



  • General Education
  • Child Development
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Animal Therapy
  • Animal Care / Handling




  • 1 hour a day, 1 day a week, for 10 weeks
  • Must have a dog that is an appropriate fit for our program.

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