S.A.Y. Vocational Program


This project is supported by the Governor's Crime Commission, and the 

North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. 


The S. A. Y. Vocational Program serves Wilson County Youth ages 14-17 who are at-risk academically, behaviorally, at-risk of gang involvement or court-involved . Referrals are made by school counselors, court counselors, parents and other service agencies. 

 The program is provided at no cost for eligible participants.

The program teaches the youth marketable employment skills in the areas of computer technology-building and repair, advanced computer skills/soft skills, culinary arts and hardwood flooring installation and maintenance. In addition students work on character building, team work, anger management and conflict resolution. A youth counselor/parent liaison works with the youth and their families to provide guidance and education regarding available family resources. 

The program operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm for 44 weeks. Forty weeks are devoted to hands-on skills training and 4 weeks focus on community service projects and field trips to enhance both vocational and social skills. 

Snack is provided for the youth participants. Transportation will be made available as needed.

The program culminates with a graduation ceremony that brings together the youth, their families and the community. 

You may contact the Vocational Coordinator , Cynthia Smith for more information. 

Working Together

We Will Succeed!

Vocational Training

Social Skills

Life Skills

Community Involvement

Family Involvement

Academic Success

Technology Class

We offer two technology classes that will help skill building in advance computer software in MS Word, MS Excel, programming and much more. 

This class also offers computer app building for android phones and tablets. 

Culinary Arts Class

Our culinary arts class are provided by experienced chiefs. Skills will include sanitation, purchasing, inventory control, food temperatures and safety, cooking, serving, catering and kitchen management. 

Sewing Class

in our sewing class, student will develop and learn how to do measurements, alterations, hemming, proper use of needle and thread and the use of a sewing machine. At the end of the class they will be able to make an out-fit.