History of YNTO
YNTO was born of an understanding of what young people need. An understanding that comes from experience. Growing up in small rural Pamlico County in Eastern North Carolina was a challenge. In our teens we relied on each other when there were problems at home or school. As we got older we realized how widespread the problems were in our county. So before we graduated highschool we called ourselves Youth Navigating Towards Opportunity and began helping others.
Since then we have been mentoring youth in academics and sports, helping them in times of family or school difficulties, bringing the community together for local basketball games and celebrations, like Juneteenth. And during the time of COVID getting out the word about wearing masks and being safe. Each year we raise money for sports equipment and school supplies. Now in our late 20’s and early 30’s, we want to really make a big difference and bring all parts of the community together. We became a nonprofit in September of 2020 with the vision of building a community center. This is an exciting time for us. The future presents many possibilities.