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WINNER

Award of Excellence

(CDE) 2006

WINNER

Award of Excellence

(CDE) 2010

WINNER

Advocates of the Year

(CASC)

WINNER

Leadership Award

(Northrop Grumman)

WINNER

Vanguard Award

(NAACP)

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Our Story

The work of the Young Center began in the 1990s when actor-educator William Allen Young established the Young Foundation.  Mr. Young, who grew up in Watts where student graduation rates were among the lowest in the nation, recognized the critical need to build a culture of success in local schools to counter the alarming rise in student failure and dropout rates.

The Foundation partnered with the LA Unified School District to implement its ambitious Education Incentive Plan at 13 "failing" District schools.  The Foundation mobilized provided tutoring and mentoring for underperforming students and classroom support for struggling teachers at failing schools.  The organization also sponsored free-breakfast programs during the Standardized Testing period and provided scholarships for college-bound seniors.  As a result, student success rates  improved and the Foundation's Plan was adopted at K-12 schools districtwide.

In 2000, the Foundation was renamed the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment.  Building on its earlier success, the organization expanded its focus to encompass youth leadership and community development.  

 

With support from Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Young Center soon launched its award-winning California Youth Think Tank, now ranked as "the nation's #1 youth leadership training program," and its highly successful College Prep Academy & Youth Ambassador programs. 

 

Today, the Young Center is a nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit sector and the recipient of 5 prestigious Awards of Excellence in Youth Development.  Students from over 250 schools have participated in Young Center programs and the organization's alumni are distinguished graduates at over 80 colleges and universities to date.  

100%

high school graduation
rates

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

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