About Us

Our Beginning

After witnessing a bloody brawl between two gun-wielding teens on the corner of a Newark street, a distraught Al-Tariq Best unleashed his anger on his four sons who were with him, demanding that they “never succumb to the streets.” His 14-year old son saw how upset his father was about the violence and challenged back: “What are you doing about it, Dad?” FP (Future Potential) YouthOutCry Foundation became Al-Tariq’s answer to his son’s question.

FP YouthOutCry (FPYO) responds to numerous cries from youth while earning their trust and respect; building a community with various youth programs and caring events. With reasoning, Al-Tariq realized that the problems facing our youth required a comprehensive approach. “How do you address youth issues without addressing the parents?” Responding yet again, FP expanded its programs to include services for the whole family and created “Families Involved in Structured Transitions (F.I.S.T.). FPYO opened its demographics to increase opportunities for success by providing programs, initiatives and services for adults too.

This comprehensive approach has been beneficial in meeting the immediate needs of Newark community adults, while continuously engaging the future potential. The urgency has been adopted for the residents suffering from the effects of poverty. The developed program initiatives are a direct response to the unfortunate effects of poverty and youth neglect. FPYO’s unwavering commitment and impact has garnered the trust and respect of the community and key stakeholders.

In the pursuit to successfully engage youth in FPYO’s unprecedented programs, Founder and CEO, Al-Tariq Best is continuously reminded that our young people are not the only citizens suffering; entire families in Newark, NJ are crying out for help too!

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FP YouthOutcry Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit community-based organization that pairs volunteers and mentors with at-risk youth and assist in empowering families.

Our Mission is to increase opportunities for success by providing programs, services and events to underserved youth and their families through experiences that Entertain, Educate and Empower through:

  • Commitment: inspire friendships, strong interpersonal skills and instill a sense of achievable hope.
  • Responsibility: empower youth and families to establish goals and follow through on commitments.
  • Possibility: expand the perspective of young people to make them aware of life’s possibilities.
  • Support: surround young people in a caring, inclusive learning environment.

Founded in Newark, NJ nine years ago, and currently operating as a booming community epicenter, our efforts have increased opportunities for success by providing programs, services and annual events to underserved youth and their families. This approach is a direct response to issues of crime, juvenile delinquency, low scholastic achievement, unemployment and overall helplessness amongst a majority of Newark’s residents. Programs such as, Rhymes4Reasons!, a music education program that infuses life skills, mentoring and entrepreneurship, Youth, Television, Film & Press which exhibits creativity as children learn about television and video pre and post-production and F.I.S.T. are just a few of the programs and community initiatives.