Our Programs

March of 2017, marked the start of our first teen program – a class in filmmaking. The students enjoyed the class and learned some valuable skills they can take into adulthood. Since participating in this class, the teens have been asked to participate in filming projects with Buncombe County. One of the projects was the 2018 North Carolina Student Summit. Beginner and advanced film classes are being held each year, in the Fall and Spring. To learn more, please click here.

Going forward, we are working with area professionals to create teen programs in several areas:

Teen Programs

Culinary Arts

The Y.E.S. Chef! program allows teens to work in local restaurants where they are mentored in the fundamentals of culinary technique. While they are being mentored, they create two healthy food items that are presented in a culinary competition. The winner of the competition holds bragging rights for the year! During the first year of the program, the competition was held on November 3, 2018. The program was a success and is planned to be held each November at A-B Tech. The program was not held for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.


We are looking to develop a fun, yet informative program to teach teens who have a passion in various areas of multi-media. The program includes everything from social media to filmmaking, journalism and radio broadcasting. The first part of the multi-media program is the filmmaking class mentioned above. Students are taught by local film professionals and create their own films for YouTube and on-line consumption.

The Arts

Many members in our community play a role in advancing the arts. We know there are a number of teenagers in our community who are talented, but need guidance to develop and hone their skills. Coming soon to an area in Asheville… a class on dance. After that, the sky is the limit!


Having mentors as role models is proven to make a significant impact in the lives of young boys and girls. Our boys mentoring program will be starting this fall.

On-Line Resources

Our big vision… To build a community resource center where families can come together to participate in enrichment programs and avail themselves of essential services. Until we have the location and building, we are creating an on-line resource center for the members of our community. Visit the on-line resource center now.

How You Can Participate

Whether it is with your finances or your talents, we encourage individuals and businesses to get involved. Here are some of the ways you can help us fulfill our mission:

  • Give of your talents by volunteering to teach our teens about the arts or multi- media. We have a number of other volunteer opportunities available. Click here to view them now.
  • Become a mentor to young boys in our community who need strong role models.
  • Share your resources with us so we can provide members of our community the tools they need to grow strong and thrive.

Contact The Joseph Initiative today.