Founded in 2000, the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment (Young Center) is a state-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides enriching educational programs & opportunities for youth (ages 12-18) from diverse backgrounds and communities. Students from over 250 schools and 13 U.S. states have participated in these programs and Young Center alumni have been accepted at over 80 U.S. colleges and universities to date.
To empower our youth through education to achieve success in college, business and life, inspire them to become the future leaders of their communities, and teach them how to work together and utilize their skills to create positive and lasting change in their communities.
Vision & Goal
To cultivate a new generation of ethical leaders and engaged citizens committed to working together to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and create positive and lasting change in our society.
Education - We value education as a powerful tool that can transform lives, elevate our thinking, expand our perspectives, and promote strong and engaged citizenship.
Integrity - We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards among our staff and students in order to maintain a culture of integrity and fairness.
Respect – We respect the voices and perspectives of all members of our community and work to build greater understanding and cooperation between diverse individuals and groups.
Inclusivity – We value the experiences of all individuals from diverse backgrounds and include the involvement of parents, educators, civic leaders, and alumni to enrich the learning experience of our youth participants.
participants who improved their academic performance in school and on Standardized Tests
Number of U. S. colleges & universities attended by
participants who graduated from high school and matriculated at a U. S. college or university
program alums who have obtained an academic degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
number of public, private and parochial schools represented by our youth participants to date
youth participants from low-to-moderate income households who require financial assistance
participants who have obtained college degrees and/or professional certification to date