Asheville City


As a member of the United for Youth Network, we commit to:

Align Council’s 2036 Vision and Network goal

  • Priority: An Equitable and Diverse Community.
  • Goal: Eliminate Racial Disparities in our School System.
  • Strategy: Expand partnership opportunities with Asheville City Schools to eliminate disparities in access to quality schools and other educational resources. (A.5).
    • Provide community learning centers or Positive Opportunities Develop Success (PODS) at our recreation centers. The program is designed to provide safe in-person learning opportunities for small groups of school-age children while social distancing.
    • Parks and Recreation staff will also provide supervised and socially distanced recreation opportunities for participating students.
    • Asheville Parks and Recreation is committed to providing quality programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community:
      • Summer Youth Programs
      • Teen Summer Camp Program
      • Summer Camp at Malvern Hills
      • Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp
      • WNC Nature Center Wild Weeks Camp
      • National Recreation and Parks Association, funded by the Walmart Foundation, for the development of a community nutrition hub at Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. The grant will help improve our community’s access to healthy foods, support existing food working groups, and implement nutrition programming.
    • Reimagine role of [school] Resource Officers to include support of United for Youth Partnership.
    • Expand the use of strategic initiatives funds to address achievement gaps for Asheville City Schools students.
    • Evaluate affordable housing needs to align with United for Youth program.
    • Continue to grow the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, also known as CAYLA:
      • The program focuses on leveraging relationships with nonprofit agencies, businesses, and the community to provide meaningful, career-oriented internships for students. Evaluate participants for alignment.
    • Continue to improve transit access to those who rely on it most.
      • Increased trips on our most popular routes.
      • Increase reliability.
      • Easier route connection from UNCA to A-B Tech.
      • Continue to expand routes, so riders can travel from east to west (and back) without changing buses.
      • Consider appropriate routes.