New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center

We Bring Partners Together Because Everyone Needs A Chance

Our integrative approach focuses on meeting the needs of students within their urban context. We’ve formed a discipleship community with children and youth who have been overlooked, and are considered the invisible ones. We bring partners together to form a network of support. We serve alongside our 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 bring partners together to join God in the life-giving and life-changing transformation of communities. We invite you to be a part of the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center family. The after-school program with 18 years of service to English Avenue and Vine City students and families.

To provide financial support of English Avenue and Vine City students at the new Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center    click here

Are you looking to be 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 session. We begin on Tuesday, September 4th and our session ends on Thursday, December 6th. You choose one day each week on Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to pour into a student who needs help. RSVP to attend one of our orientation session to nlsayyes575 at The next volunteer orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th at 5:30 p.m. 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 chance!

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

Academic Tutors Volunteer Team: Academic tutors are needed for our Fall session. All volunteers need to attend an orientation session in order to volunteer. Please email us about attending one of these sessions. We need academic tutors for students in the K5 through 12th grades and adult learners from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each evening for our academic hour. 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. 


Pastor Catherine Gilliard is our Executive Director. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, and a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Veronica Gilliard is our Director of Development. 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 from Mercer University. She is currently a PhD student in Higher Education at Mercer University.

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 and computer literacy instructor. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Youth Ministry.

Gladys Oliver is one of our Team Leaders. She brings years of childcare experience and her love for children.