CYP was started in August 1998 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 raised 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 its 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 provide holistic wellness, enrichment-style programming. We seek to prevent risky behaviors and break down barriers to student success.