Award of Excellence in Youth Development





Nonprofit Community Leadership Award




Pioneers in Education Service Award




Advocates of the Year Award



Welcome to the Young Center!


Here you will find information regarding our organization, mission, programs, accomplishments, and how you can get involved in our efforts.  This year marks our organization's 20th Anniversary.  We are proud of our many accomplishments.  Testimonials from our students, parents, staff, educators, civic leaders, and corporate sponsors speak for themselves.  We are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in two decades.  But there are still hills to climb.   We thank you for your support and we look forward with excitement to working with you in this new year as we continue to cultivate a new generation of leaders.  Once again -- Welcome!

William A.Young

Founder & President




The Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment is a nonprofit education organization that annually provides enriching educational programs for the benefit of youth ages 12-18.  The organization has served the educational needs of students from over 250 schools and 13 U.S. states and its diverse alumni have been accepted at over 80 U.S. colleges and universities. 


To empower our youth through education to achieve success in their lives, and prepare them to become future leaders and create positive change in the world in which they live.


Vision & Goal

To cultivate a new generation of servant leaders and engaged citizens who are empowered with a sense of purpose and responsibility, and committed to working together to create positive social change in their communities and our nation. 



The work of the Young Center began in Los Angeles in 1986 when celebrated actor-educator William Allen Young established the Young Foundation.  


Young, who grew up in South Los Angeles where drop outs were among the highest in the nation, understood the need to build a culture of success in underserved schools and communities to provide youths with real opportunities to achieve excellence and prepare them to become the future leaders of their community. 

Young utilized his celebrity and considerable community influence to mobilize an army of committed parents, teachers, college students, and retired professionals to provide tutoring, mentoring and classroom support for teachers at 'failing' public schools.  The Foundation also established a Scholarship Fund to support and encourage college-bound participants in their efforts to obtain a college education.

In 1987, the Foundation partnered with the LA Unified School District to implement its Education Incentive Plan to improve student success rates at low-performing schools.  


The William Allen Young Free Breakfast Program (1997-2000) provided free hot breakfast meals for school children during the annual Standardized Testing period, resulting in improved student academic performance at participating schools. 

In 2000, the Young Foundation was reorganized as the Young Center for Academic and Cultural Enrichment.  ​From 2001-2005, the Young Center has launched a series of successful youth development programs, including: California Youth Think Tank (2003), College Prep Academy (2004), Youth Ambassador Service (2005), and Youth Education Summits in local communities.  




Young Foundation established to provide scholarships and mentoring for underserved youth


Foundation launches Education Incentive Plan at low-performing LAUSD schools


Free Breakfast program provides hot breakfast meals for school children in underserved communities


Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment nonprofit education organization is founded in Los Angeles


California Youth Think Tank leadership training program established at USC


Young Center receives State Dept. Award of Excellence in Youth Development


College Prep Academy & 

Youth Ambassador Service programs established


YC Youth Ambassadors officially recognized by CA Legislature & CDE


California Youth Think Tank Middle School Summer Day Camp is established 


Youth Center receives Education Advocates of the Year Award from CASC


The Young Center Celebrates 20 years of Excellence & Success  

Hall of Fame Class Inductions - Giving Back Campaign - 20th Anniversary Fundraising Gala



California Youth Think Tank (CYTT) is an award winning youth leadership training program for grades 9-12.  High school students who are interested in leadership and pursuing a college education are eligible and encouraged to apply. 

A fun and exciting Summer Day Camp program for middle school students in grades 6-8 to help.  This program is specifically designed to help middle school students develop and enhance core academic skills needed for success in high school and beyond.

The College Prep Academy (CPA) at USC is a comprehensive training program designed by college admissions specialists to help prepare high school students for successful admission at select colleges and universities nationwide.

The California Youth Ambassadors program provides unique opportunities for young people to serve their community and the youth of the state of California as education liaisons and advocates for positive change.