MISSION OF THE MONTH - July
The Community Youth Program
The Community Youth Program (CYP) at St. John’s is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides enriching after-school, summer and leadership programs for low-income Roanoke area youth. The mission of CYP 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 currently serves 30 students each day, operating from 2:30pm-6:00pm Monday thru Friday. Our students are in grades 4th-8th and come from schools all over Roanoke City. Our goal is to reach those students that don’t thrive in a larger after school setting and are in need of supportive after school care. Our students often face a number of challenges, including a lack of transportation, mental and physical impairments, emerging English language skills, and much more. We remain intentionally small to ensure that we are affecting our students in a meaningful and lasting way.
Thanks to 45-minutes of structured homework help each day, our program produces results. For the 2013-2014 school year, 91% of CYP students either maintained an A or B in their English class or they improved by one letter grade from the first nine weeks to the fourth nine weeks. Additionally, 73% of CYP students either maintained an A or B in their Math class or they improved by one letter grade from the first nine weeks to the fourth nine weeks.
While CYP is primarily an after school program, we do have programming in the summer as well. Our students attend RCPS+ and then receive transportation to CYP each afternoon. Throughout the year, CYP offers academic activities and tutoring for our students, as well as service learning field trips and college site visits. CYP also focuses on our families and offers supportive and educational activities at least once a month.
To get our school year started off right, and ensure that we keep seeing great results, we could use the following items:
- Binders at least 1” or greater
- Pocket dividers
- Loose leaf notebook paper (college ruled is fine)
- 4 function calculators
- Composition books
- Pink erasers
- Ziploc bags (all sizes)
- Index cards
- Flash cardsAdditionally, if you would like to volunteer your time or learn more about our program, contact Maggie Rhodes, Program Coordinator at 540.309.6321 or [email protected] Also visit our website at http://www.cyproanoke.org.