Our Mission: Safety. Security. Love. Understanding.
FAN stands for Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso. In the Akan culture of West Africa, the Fihankra is a communal housing compound which symbolizes a safe enclosure or safe house. Akoma Ntoaso means linked hearts, and is a symbol of understanding and agreement. Many young people do not have access to such safe environments, which are critical to their development.
FAN's mission is to cultivate a focus on youth well-being and positive development in an environment infused with safety, security, and love. Our mission seeks to go beyond changing the lives of individual youth; FAN hopes to provide a model for a focus on youth well-being and competence that will diffuse throughout communities and youth serving systems to alter the ways in which these systems serve youth.