Since the 1990’s St. Stephen’s has provided an afterschool program for elementary school children from the surrounding neighborhoods. This is the Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program (NYOP). We have many success stories detailing how this program has turned around the lives of disadvantaged young people and guided them to a better life.
NYOP uses an arts-based curriculum that includes instrumental music, singing, dance, art, poetry, and photography, all in a Christian context.
NYOP was incorporated as a nonprofit organization and is governed by a board of directors. NYOP is supported by other churches, by grants from foundations, and by gifts from individuals. Instructors are professionals in their disciplines. Twice a year the young people present a showcase of their art and performance to the community, and it is inspiring to see. The youngsters also have field trips and summer camp opportunities.
The NYOP provides a safe place, mentoring relationships, and an atmosphere that promotes personal growth and a sense of belonging. St. Stephen’s is pleased to support this ministry.
For more information about NYOP, please call 412-243-6101.