Welcome to The Joseph Initiative

The Joseph Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that partners with members of our local community and non-profit organizations to offer enrichment programs that strengthen families and unite our community.

Our first initiatives:

To partner with area non-profit organizations to provide Buncombe county teenagers the opportunities to work with local business owners, other youth and area professionals to pursue their interests in the areas of arts, business, culinary arts, life skills, job training mentoring and more. The Joseph Initiative has offered several filmmaking class to teenagers as well as a culinary class and competition. The teens who participated in both programs have learned valuable skills like teamwork, leadership and more.

Members of the film class were asked to participate in the North Carolina Youth Summit on the Opioid Crisis, and they did fabulously! Our newest program, called Y.E.S. Chef!, allows students to work in several area restaurants so they can be mentored in the fundamentals of culinary technique. Last year, a competition was held between the four restaurant teams at A-B Tech. We are excited for this year’s program that will again end with a competition at A-B Tech on November 2, 2019!

Our vision for the future:

We envision a resource center where we will provide…

  • Teen programs.
  • After-school and tutoring programs for children of all ages.
  • Day care for infants and toddlers.
  • Life skills, job training, and parenting classes for adults.
  • Mentoring programs for individuals of all ages.
  • Opportunities to learn valuable business skills.
  • A place for individuals and families to gather and have fun with other members of the community.
  • A venue for the younger members of our community to pursue their interests.
  • Essential medical services provided by area practitioners

We believe those participating in our collaborative enrichment programs will…

  • Build healthy relationships.
  • Create stronger family bonds.
  • Have the opportunity to learn essential life skills.
  • Provide their children with a safe environment in which they can pursue their interests and learn new skills that will prepare them for a thriving adulthood.
  • Be part of a community initiative that reduces crime in our neighborhoods.
  • See an increase in the number of students graduating from high school to pursue higher education.
  • Become more employable and successful in their chosen occupations.