Video: Our community’s youth have a chance!

Our community’s youth are strong, passionate and compassionate.

Family Service of Roanoke Valley provides life skills education to students of all ages. We meet them where they are–in school, after school and community center sites.

Partnerships include those in our collaborative Strengthening Youth Opportunities for Success initiative, as well as others across Roanoke City.

Positive Youth Development programs give students positive adult role models and the chance to learn from one another. They commit to 20 hours of service learning while in the Teen Outreach Program, showing them the true value of giving back.

Family Service also supports students in making healthy decisions, so they are less likely to have difficult life experiences that may lead to life-long mental health struggles.

PedalUp is a therapeutic bike-riding program for youth at the West End Center. In the video, our volunteer Jeff Collignon works with kids. He comes each Friday to teach them skills to take care of their bodies, and the bikes.

It teaches them how physical activity helps them handle emotions. It also gives them confidence in their own abilities and helps them connect with adults and each other.

Youth in these groups and programs learn skills that will help them cope with life’s challenges. With them, the seed has been planted. They have their whole life ahead and will always have the strong foundation built through their relationship with Family Service.