The Joseph Initiative collaborates with the following non-profit organizations and local businesses to serve our community in Asheville:
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc. College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), a not-for-profit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955, administers a large portfolio of education loans, several major grant scholarship programs for students attending N.C. college and universities, and the tax-free “529” college savings program on behalf of the N.C. Education Assistance Authority. CFI also delivers information to North Carolina students and families about paying for college and provides technology services to the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) education partnership.
Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina (GOTR) is a non-profit, physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grades. The GOTR curriculum includes 20 lessons that are taught over a 10-week period. The lessons are designed to address all aspects of a girl’s development including self-esteem and self-expression, healthy lifestyle habits, goal setting, teamwork, and communication skills. Two program sessions are held each the year, one in the fall and one in the spring. At the end of each session, the girls participate in a 5k (3.1 mile) run to celebrate their accomplishments. The program is offered in 14 counties in Western North Carolina, primarily at schools. GOTR has set up a sliding scale fee structure based on family income and household size. No girl is turned away for inability to pay.