• Dedicated to enhancing the total development of Youth
    Dedicated to enhancing the total development of Youth The Foundation works with families, schools, and neighborhood programs to provide avenues for youth to develop their talents and gifts.
  • Education through Fitness
    Education through Fitness Utilizing the platform of sports to affect positive change in the lives of YOUTH by teaching life skills, encouraging healthy habits, and fitness activities to promote health and well being.
  • Learning for Tomorrow
    Learning for Tomorrow The programs and initiatives we implement are structured to EMPOWER YOUTH to grow academically, physically, and socially so they can realize their true potential.
  • Servant Leadership
    Servant Leadership We encourage youth by engaging them in activities that highlight community service. By integrating the importance of giving back to their communities in our efforts, we motivate youth to become future leaders.

Volunteer To Be A Reading Buddy

Photo Credit - Ken The Photographer

The Chris Canty Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in the Chris Canty Foundation Reading Buddies initiative. We are asking for each volunteer to come out and read to student (1) once a month on every first or third Thursday of each month. We have opportunities for reading buddies in New York City and Charlotte, NC.


  • Education
  • Fitness
  • Service

Attend A Youth Leadership Conference

Leadership conferences are held once a quarter to provide resources to high school students about College Prep, Healthy Behaviors, The Proper Use of Technology, and Leadership Skills.

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Summer Camps, Fitness Challenges & More

We offer a variety of opportunities in the summer months through sports camps, outdoor fitness activities, and fun community service projects. Please check out our CALENDAR to find out when we offer these opportunities.

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Dr. Ronald L. Carter, President, Johnson C. Smith University

The Chris Canty Foundation's Historic West End Cleanup for Change was a tremendous demonstration of how an organization can galvanize a diverse sector of people, community organizations and businesses to make a tangible impact on a community.

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Your gift helps us to continue to expand on the number of girls and boys that are able to take part in our programs each year.



The Chris Canty Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities. We need your continuing our mission to enhance the lives of youth in our communities.



Spreading the word about the Chris Canty Foundation is one of the best ways you can help us make an impact. Click on the link above to see how you can help.

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Join One of Our Committees

One of our most important goals is to inspire youth to achieve greatness by fueling their desires for positive life outcomes.

You will have a chance to help us create an environment in which all YOUTH receive personal attention and support that fosters a sense of value and self-confidence. READ MORE