“Positive Attitude Youth Center is a faith-based non-profit social organization in Burlington, NC that serves the diverse community of Alamance County and works to reach out to children and young adults by providing education, recreation, health, and life-skill enhancement opportunities.”
“Positive Attitude Youth Center strives to provide the youth of the community with a safe, positive, and social learning environment where they have the opportunity to mature physically, spiritually, and emotionally."
The Positive Attitude Youth Center was founded in 1995 by Pastor Kerry Richmond and his wife Eunice Richmond as a faith-based organization seeking to enable children and young adults to mature physically, emotionally and spiritually. Since June of 1995, the Positive Attitude Youth Center has provided a variety of programs for children between the ages of 6-17, in addition to providing services for their parents.
These youth programs include after-school, tutoring, recreation and family events. The children have the opportunity to participate in a summer program which includes sports, music, Bible study and field trips. Parents are also able to attend life skill classes throughout the year.
Most of the children who attend the PAYC are from at-risk families that reside in the poverty-stricken areas in the community. We accept referrals for families transitioning from the homeless shelter to permanent housing. There are also children who attend the Positive Attitude Youth Center who come from stable homes with two loving parents who wish to have a safe place for their children to go.
Many local schools and social service agencies partner with the PAYC to connect families with the services and programs the center provides. 85% of children who attend the youth center achieve better grades and exhibit a positive attitude in school.
Pastor Kerry Richmond is an Alamance County Native. He graduated from Hugh M. Cummings High School in 1981. He attended Shaw University in North Carolina, A&T University, and Alamance County Community College and received a degree in Criminal Justice. He received a Christian Counseling certificate from Pinnacle Bible College. He is currently the pastor at New Life Community Baptist Church, which began in 1999. Pasty Kerry started PAYC in 1995 as a vision from the Lord. He saw the need in community from life experiences. He opened the doors in March of 1995 to 30 eager children and families.