Tarboro Free Youth Center Outgrowing Facility, Asks For Help

By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor
By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor

It's one woman's vision to keep kids off the streets and in school. So she made it her mission to set up an afternoon school program in Tarboro in Edgecombe County where families didn't have to pay a dime for tutoring or activities.

Parents and staff at the Fountain Youth Development Center are facing a harsh reality. With more than 80 students, the donated facility is too small, cold, and cramped for them to grow. With the downturn in the economy more parents depend on the free bus service to the center, snacks, tutoring and activities for their children.

Now there's a waiting list hat program director, Shirley McNeil, looks at as one less child getting the service and care they deserve.

"We are hoping someone will be able to help us out with more space as well as someone can help us out with some funds so we can get some more help, because you can see we need some more teachers. We need more tutors. We need some help," said McNeil.

McNeil says they hope to build another center. Right now, her church, St. Paul Missionary Baptist, is allowing them to use this historic home. But McNeil hopes to one day have a center that will accommodate 150 children- .almost double than the number she has now.


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  • by someone in edgecombe county Location: edgecombe county on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
    This has nothing to do with weather you were abble to recieve assistance, it is about a program that is seeking to not to just provide a babysitter but yet tutoring, and opportunities for a better tomorrow. This is like any other non profit organization (Boys and Girls Club) for one, this program offers some of the same opportunities. Sorry that you weren't able to recieve assistance with your childcare but the decisions of recieving assistance has nothing to do with race. So no need to pull the race card and indirectly state that only minorities (African Americans, Hispanics etc) only recieve government assistance. Im African American, I was working, going to school, turned 18yrs old, had to be taken off my fathers health insurance (been working since 16yo) and needed medical insurance or assistance so I could see a doctor, well, I was turned down, told I had to be blind disable or have a child. So, the ethnicity has nothing to do with the help you recieve for government assistance. Certain criteria has to be met to recieve this assistance, you also have to explore many different avenues. No one is asking YOU personally donate, this is America the nation of OPPORTUNITY, you have a choice!
  • by Larry Location: Tarboro N C on Feb 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    Where do I start, in a perfect world it would not take a village to raise our children, but back to the real world the one I live in, seeing how there are a lot of one parent homes and most of the time that parent is working trying to make ends meet, that parent needs help and child care is not cheap. This program help to relieve a lot of stress by giving these children a safe place with someone to look after them, help them with homework, which give them a little hope in their life. It is not the child fault that they are here and by giving them the help they need then one day, they may be able to help someone else in return. If you live in the Tarboro and surrounding area you need to stop by and see what thing are like at FYDC before passing judgment on them. There are a lot of men and women that have or pastor a church in the area and most of them cannot tell you firsthand what is going on in the east Tarboro community when it comes to FYDC. To the staff of FYDC you are doing a great service so keep your heads up because at the end of the day the children are what it’s all about.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tarboro, NC on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:51 AM
    I had to get up every morning and go to work at a call center and I paid $600 a month for childcare. No one gave me free transportation or free childcare or reduced rates. These kids need to be home w/their mothers. It does NOT take a village to raise children. It takes a FAMILY which is a mother and father. Cancel that cable bill, the cigarettes, the video games and turn the TV off. The husband works and the mother raises the children. This is my biggest regret in my life. I let someone else raise my kids. I can never get that time back. And because I'm white I didn't qualify for any assistance.
  • by Regina Location: Staton on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    Yes, we are really in need of funds; I'm the site coordinator at the site. Please help us reach out and get funds to assist student to a better environment at Fountain Youth Development Center. Thanks Regina Staton
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