Community Youth Program

[See also: Outreach]


CYP is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit program providing enriching after school, summer, and leadership programs for at-risk Roanoke area youth in grades 4-8.  The mission of CYP is to encourage learning and the development of a positive self-image, and to provide a network of support for our students and their families.  CYP’s programming includes service learning, life skills, tutoring, and much more!

We currently serve students in 4th-8th grade in all Roanoke City Schools

Please contact the CYP staff at 540-309-6321 for more information.

There are many ways that you can become involved in CYP! 

  1. Tutor! CYP’s homework program takes place between Mon-Thurs. from 5:15 to 6:00.  If you can spare 45 minutes a week, you can help a child improve his or her academic success! 
  2. Share!  If you have a skill or expertise that you would like to share with youth, we would love to have you visit.
  3. Donate! Your donations allow us to continue to provide this important service. Donations can be mailed or dropped by the church. Donations of games, books, toys, arts and crafts materials, gently used clothing or shoes, and school supplies are also welcome.

CYP encourages our students to become involved in their community.  Participants take part in service projects through Family Service of the Roanoke Valley’s TOP program and are invited to participate in Global Youth Service Day and YAADAP (Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project) activities. 

Thanks to a grant from Cox Charities, CYP now offers science enrichment.  CYP students participate in science experiments each week and in activities through The Science Museum of Western Virginia and The Discovery Center. CYP offers a four week summer program to 24 area youth.   CYP students are offered the opportunity to participate in weeklong themed camps with focuses such as the history of the Roanoke Valley, conservation, cultural awareness, science and technology, and outdoor adventures. 

Imani Nailah is an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program to aid African and Afro-Caribbean refugee girls and young women in Southwest Virginia. The project is a partnership between International Women in Need (a student organization advised by the Women's Center at Virginia Tech), The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships at Virginia Tech, the CRR/ Pilot Street Project, and CYP.  Some of the activities include workshops around wellness, leadership building, creative expressions and career exploration. 

  • New or gently used clothing and shoes
  • School supplies
    • New or gently used backpacks
    • Pencils
    • Pencil top erasers
    • Calculators
    • Two Pocket Folders
    • Three Ring Binders
    • Assignment Books
    • Glue Sticks
    • Scissors
    • Multiplication and Division Flashcards
    • Poster board
  • Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Washable Paint
  • New or gently used books for upper elementary and middle school kids
  • Computers and computer monitors less than 5 years old.
  • Small treats for rewards
  • Bookshelves
  • Canvas reusable grocery bags (for tutor bags)
  • Legos
  • Games for the Wii (rated E)
  •  New or gently used board/card games and sports equipment
  • Poster board
  • Vinyl beanbag chairs
  • Volunteers to
    • Transport kids to the program
    • Share talents or hobbies with the kids
    • Tutor students
    • Host workplace field trips