St. John's News

Community Youth Program Grants

The Community Youth Program (CYP) is proud to have recently received two grants to support our program. We were awarded $20,000 from the City of Roanoke- our largest donation yet from the City!  This grant is intended to bolster CYP’s mission to provide enrichment style activities, holistic wellness programming, and academic support.  The City of Roanoke paid special attention to organizations that are aware of and are actively working towards lessening the effects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in children.  Many of the children that attend CYP have experienced one or more ACE factors such as violence, poverty, and parental incarceration.  The staff at CYP is trained to recognize the signs of trauma and we actively work to connect the children and families to support services.

CYP also received $9,697 in NAP credits (Neighborhood Assistance Program).  Individuals and businesses can take advantage of NAP credits and help CYP at the same time!  Unlike a tax deduction, a tax credit reduces one’s tax bill dollar-for-dollar.  For example, if a donation of $500 is made to CYP, the donor can be eligible to receive a credit of up to 65% ($325) against his/her income tax liability, making the net cost of the donation only $175.  It’s a win-win!  To make a donation to CYP and take advantage of the NAP credits, contact Jackie Smith at 540-309-6321 or  NAP credits are awarded to donors on a first-come basis.