Our Vision

“Positive Attitude Youth Center strives to provide the youth of the community with a safe, positive, and social learning environment where they have the opportunity to mature physically, spiritually, and emotionally."

 

The Positive Attitude Youth Center (PAYC) was founded in 1995 by Pastor Kerry Richmond and his wife Eunice Richmond as a faith-based organization seeking to enable children and young adults to mature physically, emotionally and spiritually. Since June 1995, the Positive Attitude Youth Center has provided a variety of programs for children between the ages of 6-18, in addition to providing services for their parents.

 

Most of the children who attend the PAYC are from at-risk families that reside in the poverty-stricken areas in the community. We accept referrals for families transitioning from the homeless shelter to permanent housing.  As well, many children who attend the Positive Attitude Youth Center live in stable homes with loving parents and guardians who wish to send their children to a quality educational and enrichment center. 

 

 PAYC partners with the Alamance Burlington School System and the Alamance County Department of Social Services, as well as others,  to connect families with the services and programs the center provides. 85% of children who attend the youth center achieve better grades and exhibit growth-mindset in school.

 

Our programs include after-school, tutoring, recreation and family events. The children have the opportunity to participate in a summer program which includes sports, music, Bible study, and field trips. finally, we serve parents who can attend life skills classes throughout the year.

History

In 1994, Pastor Kerry Richmond founded the Positive Attitude Youth Center. While in search for his life ministry, he felt inspired to serve the families and their children in Alamance County. Along with his wife, Eunice, in March, 1995, Richmond opened his first after-school program with 22 students in their care. The center was on the corner of North Mebane and Hawkins, the location of a former nightclub where a

close friend of Richmond’s had been killed. For the next 8 months, this was PAYC’s first home. Howard Thaxton chaired the first Board of Directors.

In October 1995, PAYC moved into the Sellars Gunn Educational Center on Apple Street. They shared a space in the Sellars Gunn gym with another program. Still, the ministry doubled in size. In 1996, PAYC moved into the clubhouse of the Eastbrook Apartments where the Richmonds resided at the time. As the clubhouse could only hold about 20 students, PAYC expanded with more after-school programs in other apartment complexes including Autumn Lane, Beaumont, Tucker Street, and the Burlington Housing Authority. During this time they recruited their volunteer base.

 

 

In 1998, PAYC shared space in the Allied Church of Alamance County’s Homeless Shelter. There was more room and the after-school and summer programs continued to grow. In 2000, they moved once again to another former night club, the Hot Spot, located on North Church Street. This larger space gave PAYC enough room to expand more than ever before. From 2000 until 2003, PAYC averaged about 50

students in the after-school programs and about 60 participants in the summer club.

 

In 2003, PAYC moved to Glen Raven in a space that included access to a playground and an outdoor basketball court. They also added two passenger vans and a bus, which allowed PAYC to pick up students from 10 different ABSS schools for the after-school program. Soon, PAYC worked in coordination with other local agencies and organizations such as Teen Achievers, new program for court-ordered juveniles and at-risk teenagers. Through this, Richmond and PAYC created an association with the law enforcement community that has seen Richmond play an important role in local criminal justice.

 

 

Finally, in 2003, the Hayden Harman Foundation donated land on Graham-Hopedale Road to build a new PAYC facility. In March of 2005, PAYC had their ground-breaking ceremony. While still headquartered at Glen Raven during three years of construction PAYC raised enough funds for the grand opening celebration on October 1, 2008.

 

Now, with Thomas Chandler as the Chairman of the PAYC Board, Positive Attitude has over 80 students in after school, 50 students in Summer Club, a 4-Star daycare with 40 students, an academic school for 2nd to 12th graders with 30 students, and a recreational program that serves over 70 students. PAYC also now has Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. The facilities feature a gym, playground, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a computer lab, classrooms, and even an outdoor walking trail that allows for exercise and personal contemplation.

PAYC is blessed to have been serving the community for over 25 years, and anticipates a solid future as an educational and social anchor for Alamance County.

 
 

Kerry Richmond

Founder & Executive Director

After sensing a clear message from the Lord to guide and serve the children in Alamance County, Pastor Kerry started PAYC in 1995. An Alamance County native and graduate from Hugh M. Cummings High School, Pastor Kerry attended Shaw University and North Carolina A&T State University. He graduated from Alamance County Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice.  In addition, he received a Christian Counseling certificate from the Pinnacle Bible College and is at work on his Christian Education degree from Piedmont International University, and has been serving as pastor at New Life Community Baptist Church. Pastor Kerry enjoys helping children grow, learn, and overcoming life's challenges. 

Latasha (Tasha) Watlington

Program Coordinator

Eunice Richmond

Executive Director: Positive Day School

Eunice has been fearlessly leading our Positive Daycare  since 2011. She graduated from Alamance Community College with a degree in Early Childhood Development. You'll often see Ms. Eunice walking through PAYC with a line of little ones following closely behind. They love her!

Louise Enoch

Positive Day School Academy Teacher

Since joining PAYC in 2016, Louise has been teaching  English, social studies, and art to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.  After earning an Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree in 1973, she has been working in the North Carolina school systems with K-8 students. She enjoys working with children;  she says, "when I see a kid get a skill, I see a light bulb turn on and it really excites me!"

Carolyn Long

Positive Day School Academy Teacher

Carolyn started working at Positive Day School in 2015, teaching science and math to our 4th and 5th graders.

With over  40 years of experience working in school systems and teaching children in North Carolina, Carolyn has a bachelor's degree in Intermediate Education and social studies from Winston Salem State, and a Master's in Early Childhood Education from North Carolina A&T State University.

Iris Hester

Receptionist & Girl Scout's Program Lead

When you come to pick up your children from PAYC, odds are you will see the lovely Ms. Iris at our front desk.

Although she is primarily involved in the administrative work, Iris still loves working with the children, greets everyone who enters the entrance of PAYC with a smile, and leads our Girl Scouts program.

Taruis (T) Gray

Positive Daycare Teacher & Assistant Director

T started working at PAYC in 2019, and brings over 20 years of experience in childcare in the classroom and at an administrative level to her role.  As a North Carolina native, T graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in criminal justice. Working and communicating with children brings her joy,  especially when she gets to know them and challenges them to learn new ideas and models. 

Mayra Rivera

Positive Daycare Teacher

Mayra is our preschool, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree from Alamance Community College in Early Childhood education. She initially started working at PAYC from 2014 to 2016, and then returned in 2018. She teaches Spanish and health. She loves teaching the alphabet to kindergartners and enjoys coming to school. She said, "The children are always helpful  and positive, I also have a smile on my face when I help them."

Angela McLeod

Positive Day School Academy Teacher

As one of our newest staff members, Anglea started teaching 2nd and 3rd grade in 2019 after teaching in the Orange County School System in  Hillsborough, North Carolina for over 30 years. She has an Elementary Education degree from Livingstone College and an advanced degree in birth to kindergarten from North Carolina Central University.  When asked why she loves teaching, her answer was simple; "I love the children!"

Willie Turner

Positive Day School Academy Teacher

Another new face to PAYC is Willie, who took on a  teaching role in 2019. Prior to working at PAYC, Willie worked in the private sector at Labcorp as well as a high school basketball coach and math teacher at River Mill Academy High School in Burlington.  After discovering his passion for working with children, he transitioned out of corporate life into education in 2013.  He earned his bachelor's degree in Business and Administration from Elon University. 

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