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Our Mission

To reduce recidivism and negative behavior by equipping the Youth with mentorship and opportunities, and to inspire the Youth to create fresh resolutions concerning community issues and education.

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AYO is proud to be a principle coordinator for the Cape Fear's Comprehensive CommUnity Violence Prevention Strategy (CCCVPS), along with Quality Life Blueprint and Lily Nicole Nichelle.

CCCVPS is an initiative and implementation plan based on successful, evidence-based curricula to benefit the community as a priority, as well as address New Hanover County's acknowledgement of racism as a public health crisis and provide a solution to answer the City of Wilmington's call to action through the Rise Together Initiative.

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What is AYO?

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We are a youth-focused community resource center with educational programs and resources for school ages 6 to young adults age 26. We are located at the Sokoto House in the heart of Wilmington, NC, across the street from the Hilcrest Housing Development and near Williston Middle School.

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Our Programs

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AYO hosts a number of youth and young adult development programs and activities, from fun and engaging youth-centric events to vocational training courses.

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Support AYO

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Monetary donations, volunteer time, and spreading our mission through word-of-mouth is greatly appreciated. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of our supporters.

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Advance Youth Outreach is headquartered at the Sokoto House. Click the address below for a map.

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