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About Us

The Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment is an LA-based nonprofit organization that educates and empowers young people with critical knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in college, business and life, and inspires them to become future leaders and help create positive change in their communities.  Our organization serves the educational needs of a diverse youth population with a focus on youth from underserved communities.  youth from over 250 schools and produced a generation of distinguished college graduates and influential leaders in a variety of professional fields. 


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President's Message


Welcome to our site!  Here you will find information about our organization's mission, goals, our many accomplishments, and how you too can get involved and support our efforts.   

At the Young Center, we believe that all youth (not just some) should have access to a quality education that will prepare them for achieve success in college and beyond.  For over 20 years, our organization has worked to create pathways to success for all of our youth participants, with a focus on youth from underserved communities for whom access is often denied.  I know, because I was one of them.

Our organization's 100% success rate with diverse youth groups is a testament to our commitment to raise the bar and inspire our students to reach new heights.  But it is driven by our student's fierce determination to succeed.


We're proud of our accomplishments thus far, but we know that it takes a whole village to raise a child.   So we welcome your support of our efforts as we continue to strive to create positive change in our society and a better world for our children. 

President's Message



Karen Bass


Los Angeles


“We need more programs like this that help our youth develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for what happens in their lives.”


Darrell Brown

Former Sr. V.P.

US Bank

I've met students who have a history at the Young Center that are still planting seeds that reflect the organization's  mission, vision and purpose.

Sandra Evers-Manly

Former V.P.

Northrop Grumman

"The Young Center produces young leaders who are ready to go back into their community and BE the change that is needed."

Michael Tubbs

Former Mayor

City of Stockton

"Being a part of the Young Center literally changed my life trajectory and helped me become who I am today."

Jack 'Connell

Former Superintendant

CA Public Schools

"The Young Center has succeeded in creating effective programs that celebrate our youth for their strengths and abilities."


high school graduation & college acceptance


student success rate for underperforming youth groups


Youth participants served to date through YC programs


K-12 schools represented by our youth participants


college & universities attended by Young Center alumi

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