Congratulations to all of the VAYDC 2022 Graduates!!!
Our Community Programs
The Career Exploration and Enrichment Program
identifies specific at-risk students and provides them with basic education skills such as Math, Reading, and English. It aids in lifting self-esteem, provides homework assistance, and improves cultural and social awareness via exploratory trips. It helps children and students explore different career fields. This program is still active during COVID-19.
The Computer Lab
increases local residents' computer literacy and provides the students with access to school education especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. This program is still active during COVID-19.
The Gardening Program
teaches youth the basics of gardening. Students help maintain the center's vegetable garden throughout the seasons. Some of the vegetables served during meals at the center are picked from the garden that the students help maintain. This program is still active during COVid-19.
Gold Star Kids Program
entertains children from Kindergarten through 5th grade by teaching them art. This program also includes team building exercises as well as public speaking that enhances their communication. This program is currently not in session due to COVID-19. The leaders of the Gold Star Kids are separately tutoring students from kindergarten to 10th grade.
The Tutoring Program
improves participants learning potential by assisting them with their homework in Math, English, Reading, Science, and standardized testing which is now online due to COVID-19.
The Mentoring Program
builds participants' self confidence, self-esteem, and self worth through purposeful mentoring sessions and life skills workshops. This program is still active during COVID-19.
The Literacy Program
incorporates the parents of the children enrolled in the center. The center works with local colleges to assist parents in obtaining their GEDs. It also works to increase parental involvement in their children’s education by requiring parents to serve as volunteers in the tutorial program and the summer camp. This program is still active during COVID-19.
The Summer Camp
offers recreational activities for children in grades 2nd-6th. The purpose of the camp is to give children something constructive to do during the summer months in efforts to keep them off the streets and in a safe and caring environment. The center counts on local businesses and community supporters to sponsor children who cannot afford to attend the camp due to finances. The camp targets children from the surrounding Mid-South area which includes Western Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas and Northern Mississippi. This program is still active during COVID-19.