History

Center for Youth and Community Development (CYC) is non-profit 501 c3 organization, that works to help young people of all economic and social backgrounds develop the character qualities they need to become responsible and productive citizens and leaders.

In a world that seems threatening and absent of promise for many of our youth, especially those from the inner cities, CYC provides a tangible measure of hope and safety, serving hundreds of local youth. The Center provides our young people what they need and want most: adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. All of CYC programs are based on youth development strategies that build self-confidence, self-esteem and foster a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence.

The center has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Our organization is dedicated to ensuring that our community’s disadvantaged youth have greater access to quality educational enhancement, life skills, enriching programs, and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.

In recent years, our CYC has expanded tremendously. With the extension of Center hours and the development of new programs and services. Our center continues to provide worthwhile opportunities and enjoyment for children and their families. Our members and their families benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures, and provide support in achieving their goals.

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San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area often referred to as the Inland Empire. San Bernardino is the 17th largest city in California, and the 102nd largest city in the United States (Wikipedia, 2017). Recent census data also suggests that the city of San Bernardino is the second, poorest large city in the country. Over 30% of the 200,000 plus San Bernardino residents live below the poverty level.

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