New Horizons of SWFL Achieves National Accreditation

Naples, FL—August 1, 2021— New Horizons of Southwest Florida (newhorizonsofswfl.org) is excited to announce its national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). The organization, which successfully changes the lives of under-resourced students by providing tutoring, mentoring and character-building programs at its trusted neighborhood clubs, originally began the accreditation process at the end of 2019.


The accreditation demonstrates New Horizons of SWFL’s commitment to providing quality services to its students. During the school year, hundreds of K-12 students receive homework help, mentoring, career guidance and more at its after-school programs called Super Kids Club and Super Teens Club. Summertime camps round out the year and help students continue on the path to success.


Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of New Horizons of SWFL’s programs, services, management and administration.


COA accreditation is an objective, independent and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.


To achieve COA accreditation, New Horizons of SWFL first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that New Horizons of SWFL had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.


About New Horizons of SWFL

New Horizons of Southwest Florida (newhorizonsofswfl.org) effectively changes the lives of under-resourced students by providing tutoring, mentoring and character-building experiences at its neighborhood clubs. Together with a dedicated group of community volunteers, New Horizons equips K-12 students with the tools to reach their full potential and graduate from high school with a plan for the future.


About COA

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.coanet.org.


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