About Us

dsc_0998The Community Youth Program (CYP) at St. John’s Inc. is a nonprofit after-school and summer program for Roanoke City Public School students in grades 4-8. Our mission is to encourage learning and the development of a positive self-image and to provide a network of support for 4th-8th grade students and their families.

CYP was started 17 years ago by a group of parishioners at St. John’s Episcopal Church. In the midst of a capital campaign for building expansion & renovation, they decided to reserve some of the funds raise to start a new ministry within the church. After a lot of research and conversations in the community, they found that there were not many after school programs in Roanoke City for middle school youth. So they set out to start an after school program for middle school students in Roanoke City and decided to call it The Community Youth Program. In the Fall of 1998, the Community Youth Program was established as its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and enrolled their first group of students.

As the years went by, CYP decided to expand to 4th & 5th grade students, so that CYP could work with the students longer and make more of a difference in their lives. In 2012, CYP started offering a summer program in addition to the year-round after school programming.

Currently, CYP provides after school programming during the school year and six weeks of summer programming to 30 students at a time. On top of our daily, structured, homework help, we also help our students learn about and give back to the community through service learning. Check out our pictures of past service projects! If you would like to request our help with a service project, please contact Martha Park at cypactivities@stjohnsroanoke.org.