Executive Director’s Message

Steve DiggsWhat started out as a summer outreach program more than 20 years ago at one church in one neighborhood, now includes 14 inner-city neighborhoods with 21 churches and ministries serving more than 1,350 urban youth each year.

That means that Emerald Youth Foundation has touched thousands of young people’s lives directly, in addition to thousands of families and communities who benefit from one person’s life being positively impacted.

Some of the young people I worked with when we just were getting started are now adults with their own children, giving back to the community and staying involved with Emerald Youth Foundation and our flagship ministry, JustLead. They are living up to their potential.  Amen!

Whether we connect with a child through academic support, health and sports, mentoring, or worship or all these things combined--and whether they are 6 years old or 16 years old--Emerald Youth Foundation's programs change their lives. And, they changed our lives.

We need and want you to be part of our family. We’re all in this together and together we are making Knoxville a better place.

Thank you and God Bless.

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Steve Diggs