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About Us

Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment is an LA-based nonprofit organization that helps youth from diverse backgrounds and communities develop the knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in their lives, obtain a college education, and become future community leaders and world changers.  Students from over 250 schools have participated in Young Center programs and our alumni are distinguished graduates at over 80 colleges and universities nationwide.  Learn more

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Meet our President

 

Welcome to our site.  For more than 20 years, our organization has been transforming lives and creating opportunities for young people to achieve success and realize their life's dreams.  At the Young Center, we believe that there comes a time when young people must learn how to stand up and accept their responsibility as future leaders for helping to shape the world in which they live.  That time is now.  We also believe it is our responsibility as a society to equip them with the tools and guidance they will need to succeed.

Our organization's success is a reflection of our student's determination to succeed and our commitment to constantly raise the bar and inspire them to reach new heights.  We're proud of our accomplishments, but it takes a whole village to raise a child.   And so, we welcome your support as we continue to strive to create positive change in our society and a better world for our children.  Thanks again for stopping by.

WILLIAM A. YOUNG

President's Message

TESTIMONIALS

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Karen Bass

Mayor

Los Angeles

 

The Young Center's Youth Ambassadors are the future leaders and role models that other young people should strive to emulate."

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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."

100%

high school graduation
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96%

student success rate for underperforming youth groups

5000+

Students participants in Young Center programs to date

276

K-12 schools represented by our youth participants

88

college & universities attended by Young Center alumi

Partners & Sponsors

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