Posted on February 25th, 2017

Girls Empowered Making Strides! (GEMS) The shinning GEMS of CTYE conducted their first voluteer event with Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  They had a great time playing games and interacting with the residents.  It was truly a sight to see!  

​GEMS is for young ladies grades 6-12 and they meet the 4th Saturday of the month.  Call 502-694-CTYE (2893) to get details for their next meeting location.

For ONYX's second meeting the boys had a great time at the Books and Breakfast club at Splading University.  Mr. Jimmy and Mr. Clay are really getting to know the boys and what their dreams and goals are for the group.  

ONYX is for young men grades 6-12 and they meet the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Call 502-694-CTYE (2893) to get details for their next meeting location.

Posted on February 8th, 2017

ONYX met for the first time on January 14, 2017.  They discussed their needs, desires and objectives for group and will meet again on at 1230pm on February 11, 2017 at the Heyburn building, Suite 614 (located at 332 W. Broadway) to further develop and establish goals for the way ahead.  Come and be a part of our young men's group as they pave their path to greatness! For more information call,

by Patricia Cameron on February 8th, 2017

​Everyone worked on developing a personal mantra
that they could use to speak positivity and
confidence to themselves every day.  
Take a look!

Our Girls are Empowered and Making Strides for the new year!  We met twice in January realizing there is so much that the ladies want and need to do.  We have established committees within GEMS and each committee is responsible for a certain area.  

The girls collaborated and voted to decide on goals and objectives for the group.  This month we have selected a volunteer project and community service event to committ to and we look forward to keeping you posted on our partnerships within the community.  

by Patricia Cameron on December 19th, 2016

The "DONOR & VIP DINNER" for 2016 recognized CTYE's Volunteer and Donors of the Year.  The event was held at the Cornerstone Cottage on Bardstown Road, and it was a fabulous venue with excellent food and service.  

2016 Proved to be a year of firsts as well as a year that solidified programs and built long lasting relationships with an amazing group of kids.  This year's Volunteer of The Year was Ms. Pashens Fitzpatrick for her unwaivering dedication and support to the CTYE mission.  Our Donors of The Year were none other than Mr. Virgil and Mrs. Donna Fitzpatrick for their invaluable genoerosity and commitment to CTYE.  The support and dedication shown in 2016 has been indescribable and we are so thankful and excited for what 2017 holds!

Vanessa Anderson, CTYE's President and Founder, shared how CTYE was created and where CTYE is headed.  We are moving into 2017 with big plans for our Pop-Up Parent/Teacher Community Engagement Series starting in January.  Our Young Men's group ONYX will begin meeting the 2nd Saturday of each month in January 2017 for the first time from 12:30-2:30pm at 332 West Broadway, The Heyburn Building in Suite 614 and we are looking for Volunteers to help build this program.  Our biggest goal for 2017 is getting 25 Families enrolled into our Filling In the Gaps (FIG) program for the 2017-18 school year.  And in late 2017 we are launching our 2nd Time Around program for Grandparents who need some assistance navigating the new technological changes that have occured in the JCPS system that they may not be familiar with and we are excited to offer four weeks of training and education to assist. 

Our newest board member, Patricia Cameron, gave her testimony on why she is proud to serve the youth of Louisville and why it is so important to invest in the lives of our youth.

If you are looking to get involed and make a difference in the lives of youth in our communities don't hesitate and give us a call at 502-694-CTYE (2893) or email us at  We look forward to hearing from you!

Posted on December 2nd, 2016

The Girls Empowered Making Strides (G.E.M.S.) girl's youth group met on November 26th to continue exploring the gemstone that represents them.  They evaluated the characteristics of different gemstones and the qualities that make them unique.  Some girls found that the gemstone they chose sometimes get nicked and scratch, but through polishing and cutting the stones can be restored to their original beauty. 

We will be meeting again on December 17th due to the holiday versus our standard 4th Saturday of the month.  If you would like to join us just give us a call at 502-694-CTYE (2893)!!!

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