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Apex Youth Center was featured in an article by the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation. Since opening APEX with her husband, Danny, in 2010, Fitzpatrick has seen more than five hundred kids come through its doors. They're here for the meals, the music lessons, the reading rooms, the pool table, the summer camps, and the basketball. But most importantly, they're here...read more
Apex Youth Center was recently featured in a story on WDSU. Charles Divins took the time to chat with Lisa and visit the center. To view the entire segment please click here.
Nearly 30 years ago, Lisa Fitzpatrick was the target of a gang initiation. She had pulled off the highway in Oklahoma City, to buy something at a convenience store, when a car pulled up alongside hers. She noticed two 12-year-olds struggling with something in the back seat. Suddenly, they were pointing a gun at her. "I saw their faces, and...read more
NEW ORLEANS — A group of bright red tricycles is put away each evening. But then, mysteriously, they reappear the next morning in a cluster tucked into the corner of the playground. The culprits are not children but young men, nearly 20 years old, who can often be seen having the time of their lives riding the tiny three-wheelers or...read more
Keith Singleton, 18, waited at church last year for a friend who never showed up. When Singleton learned his friend had been shot and killed, the sixth one of his friends to fall victim to violence, he said he gave up dreaming of tomorrow. The future was nothing to look forward to, he said. Read the full Times Picayune article...read more
In 2010, Lisa Fitzpatrick started APEX Youth Center in New Orleans after seeing kids in her neighborhood getting hurt and killed in gang related violence. She quit her job as an executive at a health-care company, her and her husband Danny sold their home, cars, and used their savings and retirement to fund the non-profit. Helping at-risk youth is something...read more
But Apex Youth Center, opened by Fitzpatrick in 2010, isn’t in a perfect world. It sits at Simon Bolivar Avenue and St. Andrew Street — an area considered one of the most dangerous, crime-ridden neighborhoods in the city. Since it opened, more than 460 children and young adults have walked through its doors to play sports and games, escaping from...read more
Take the Power of 10 Pledge! APEX and YOU - MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Donate now and take the Power of 10 Pledge! Power of 10 - Pledge to donate $10 or more each month and encourage 10 of your friends to do the same. Simply enter your donation amount and register with our FUNdraising partner - Click and Act. You...read more
APEX and YOU - MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Donate now and take the Power of 10 Pledge! Support APEX Youth Center with your time, money or other resources. Donate using your check or credit card. There is also a painless way to donate your gently used items for use at the Center or for auction fundraising. You can even create your...read more