Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) is a pioneering not-for-profit organization that provides girls ages 6-18 with vital educational and skating opportunities that build self-worth and promote physical well being and academic achievement. Our on and off-ice classes teach perseverance, responsibility, teamwork and leadership in a safe and positive environment. Our mission is to transform young lives and help underserved girls grow in confidence, leadership, and academic achievement.
Figure Skating in Harlem asks students to make a strong commitment to themselves and the program. Girls who participate in FSH sign a Skater's Contract and are responsible for maintaining a B+ average or higher in school. The organization has two essential components: off-ice education and character development classes, and our on-ice skating instruction and performance.
Each student attends FSH 9-12 hours per week in our ICE: I Can Excel program, which serves more than 175 students ages 6-18. We also offer more than 100 students a variety of summer programming through the Summer Dreams program. Students can audition to join one of the three Synchronized Skating Teams. Students come back year-after-year averaging an attendance of five consecutive years.
After 10 years at Figure Skating in Harlem, it is not hard to believe that 18 year old Meiling Jabbaar's first year in the Ivy League was a success. During Meiling's time at FSH, she was a straight A student, captain of the Synchronized team and earned many scholarships to skate in Lake Placid. Meiling acknowledged that while her first year at Brown University was challenging, she was able to maintain a 3.75 GPA and become involved in many student activities and clubs on campus such as SAHT, (Students Against Human Trafficking) a club devoted to raising awareness about modern day slavery and human trafficking. Meiling has also become a part of a South Asian Fusion dance team called "Badmaash" where different styles of dancing are mixed with Indian culture. Although Meiling has not declared a major, she is considering African American Studies. Meiling has continued her love of skating after leaving FSH by participating in a figure skating program called "Skate for Joy" at Brown University and was featured in an article in The Providence Journal (a local newspaper). Although Meiling isn't sure what she wants to do with her career, she definitely wants to become involved with human rights and nonprofit work.