New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center

We Bring Partners Together Because Everyone Needs A Chance

Our integrative approach meets the needs of students within their urban context by forming a discipleship community with students who have been overlooked or considered to be the invisible ones. We bring partners together to form holistic support, serving alongside students and their families; not over them. We believe everyone deserves a chance to be seen, to be loved, to be discipled, to have voice and to be hopeful about their futures. We invite you to join the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center family. We are the after-school program with over 19 years of service to students in the English Avenue and Vine City communities.

Join the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center Family: The New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center needs academic tutors, meal volunteers and new staff members. If you have a desire to work with some amazing students then this is the place for you. Join the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center family where you can make a real difference. Volunteers will attend an orientation session and pass a background check.

Twelve Months of Giving

In 2019 we are beginning a new partnership inviting all of our friends to invest in making our ministry to English Avenue and Vine City students sustainable. We don’t charge our students or their families for any of our services because the median household annual income for families in our community is $15,100/year. As we prayed about how we could continue to grow our network of support the Lord gave us this twelve month generosity plan. Each month we will highlight an experience that we provide for our students and ask our friends and supporters to help us cover the cost. Our sessions last for 13 week and some giving opportunities will be to cover a cost of a week of experiences, some will cover one time experiences and some cover every evening experiences. We invite you to bring life transforming experiences to well deserving students

July - The Gift of Sewing

July - The Gift of Sewing

July 2019 - The Gift of Sewing

Making something beautiful from scratch or reshaping fabric to serve a useful purpose teaches problem solving and innovation. We teach our students valuable skills that can produce income in the future. For sewing classes, students need a machine to sew on, fabric and instruction. For $375 you can purchase a professional sewing machine – we need four more to have enough for an entire class or by donating $60 you can provide sewing lessons for one week. Give the gift of sewing and help students build vocational skills. Click on this link to give the gift of sewing:

Become a part of the New Life S.a.y. yes! Family

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? Are you interested in being a part of interrupting the school to prison pipeline? You can give one hour each week to help a student through academic tutoring during our Fall program. You choose one day each week on Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to tutor a student who needs help. RSVP to attend one of our orientation session to nlsayyes575 at All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session and pass a background check. We look forward to serving with you believing that everyone deserves a chance9

Academic Tutors Volunteer Team: Academic tutors are needed for our Fall session. You can volunteer for one or more nights per week, on Mondays through Thursdays. You will work one-on-one with a student on homework assignments or academic skill enhancement.  We can't do this work alone. Join us in eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline. Consider joining the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! family today. Click here to access our academic tutor brochure. 

Monthly Lifeline Donors Needed: Our lifeline donors support our program through monthly giving. You determine the amount of your financial support each month. Your support helps us sustain and grow our staff and program offerings. Your gifts are critical to our ongoing ministry to children, youth and adults in the English Avenue and Vine City communities. Please click here to become a lifeline monthly donor or to make online donations to the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center. Thank you for making this ministry possible. We believe everyone deserves a chance! Click here to access our financial partners brochure.

Meal Volunteers Needed: Something very special happens over a meal that with people who listen and share about their day. Each evening we serve a home-cooked meal to our students. If you are a good cook and can partner with us by providing one meal per month, please contact Libby Hovey, our administrator at Thank you for sharing your hospitality with our students. Click here to access our meal volunteer brochure. 


Veronica Gilliard, PhD is our Executive Director. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in English. She also holds a Masters in Higher Education Leadership and a PhD in Philosophy of Higher Education from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Libby Hovey is our Administrator/Meal Co-ordinator. She is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

Andrew Ticknor is our Database Coordinator. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Youth Ministry.

Gladys Ward is one of our Coordinators. She brings years of childcare experience and her love for children.