The Cherokee Youth Works program began in October 2008 when the Executive Director of Cherokee FOCUS Sonia Carruthers identified youth as a population in need of assistance in Cherokee County. The program began with the goal of helping youth with employment and education

In the Summer of 2009, Cherokee Youth Works helped employ 83 youth at 46 emplyers in Cherokee County through the ARRA Summer Jobs for Youth Program. Through this program youth were able to gain valuable work experience during a time when youth struggled to find employment during difficult economic times. During the Summer of 2010, CYW partnered with the Department of Human Services to place over 100 youth into employment.

Through these opportunities CYW became known in the community and the program was able to begin assisting youth in many other ways. CYW currently has a life skills, work readiness and GED preparation program. We hope to see al participants achieve their potential to become productive, self-sufficient citizens who contribute to their community. CYW can continue helping youth in the community with your help. You can contribute in the following ways.

DONATE: Help a youth earn a GED, buy a work uniform or purchase food for the family.
TUTOR: Volunteer your time to help youth prepare for the GED in the areas of reading, writing, social studies or science.
SPEAK: Do you have an inspirational story to tell? Do you have a job you would like to come and speak about? Come and share your knowledge and experience with youth in Cherokee County. Email us at

GED Preparation

We will work with eligible students age 16-21 to prepare them for the GED test. We concentrate on the following GED test areas: math, social, studies, science, literature, and writing. Students are given ample opportunity for group and individual instruction. It is our hope that students make great strides academically and that these advances assist in propelling them toward their career and post-secondary goals.

Check out these links for:
More Info or to Register for the GED
Other GED Programs
GED Practice Materials

Work Readiness

The workforce program develops essential employability skills and provides trainig that will aid our youth in gaining and maintaining employment so that they can lead prosperous and productive lives. Some important areas covered in the workforce development program are:

Resumé Writing
Interview Skills
Job Search
Job Coaching
Credential Opportunities Including:
CPR/First Aid
Fork Lift

Life Skills

The goal of the Life Skills Program is to mentor, develop, and inspire our youth to become self-sufficient and make positive life choices through proven curriculum and hands-on experiences. Some areas include:

Buying a Car
Tuition Expenses
Establishing Credit
Debt Avoidance
Understanding Taxes
Creating and Maintaining
Strong Relationships

Cherokee FOCUS © 2013
Phone: 770-345-5483 | Fax: 770-704-9297 | Email:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1191 Holly Springs, GA 30142 | Physical Address: 100 Hickory Circle Holly Springs, GA 30115