Youth Fighting Forward
Youth Fighting Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to “Creating Champions Inside and Outside the Ring”. Created and founded in 2014 by Professional Boxer Frank “Notorious” Galarza, Youth Fighting Forward’s mission is to engage children of all backgrounds, whether they are affected by crime, poverty, or low self-esteem. Along with mentoring and education, the organization uses boxing to help these young men and women develop life skills and a greater outlook on life, as well as improve their fitness, self-esteem and most importantly, their grades.
Frank Galarza was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and his own life story was the foundation for what he hopes to accomplish with Youth Fighting Forward, in helping kids and young adults see that no matter how hard life hits you, you can accomplish anything you want through hard work and discipline. Frank considers Danbury his second home, as it is the home of his manager and co-owner of Champs, A.J. Galante. A.J. also sits on the board of Youth Fighting Forward, and when he and Fernely Feliz created Champs, he knew it would become the second base for Youth Fighting Forward, joining Starrett City Boxing Club in Brooklyn, NY.
One of the main focuses of the organization is Education. Members of Youth Fighting Forward will have to keep up a required attendance and grade average to continue to remain in the program. Open communication with teachers and parents will also keep the organization up to date with the progress of their members, outside of Champs. To assist the kids, Champs will house a study room, specially dedicated to Youth Fighting Forward members. There will be computers to help with studying and homework, and lots of moral support from the organization. Frank Galarza’s main goal is to make Youth Fighting Forward is a family environment where everybody assists each other.
Youth Fighting Forward is a 501 C3 Non-Profit organization. All donations and proceeds will go directly to help growing the organizations base here at Champs Boxing Club and Fitness. If you are interested in helping us grow, please click on the donation link. Any monetary amount is greatly appreciated, and you will be touching many lives and helping the future of our community.