Founded in 1998, with the sole purpose of increasing the graduation rate of African Americans in the Gifford Community, GYAC has flexed and flourished, expanding based upon the needs of the community. What began as a community center with two full-time staff has transformed into a bustling campus complete with classrooms, two computer labs, an outdoor patio and a full-size gymnasium.
Our Community Impact
With academics in focus, GYAC has played a crucial role in increasing the graduation rate of Indian River County’s African American population from 23% at its inception to over 90% present day. GYAC’s values: Respect, Hope, Perseverance, Hard work, Inclusivity, and Collaboration act as a guiding light throughout the organization. By holding students, parents and employees accountable, we have made tremendous strides towards ensuring the County’s underserved populations have the tools they need to succeed.
“GYAC will continue to offer transformational programs and activities that impact the lives of the youth and families it serves, ensuring each student reaches their ultimate potential.”
Angelia Perry – Executive Director
Foundation Board of Trustees
Gifford Youth Achievement Center Foundation, Inc. is a separate, but affiliated, nonprofit organization that raises money and maintains an endowment fund for the benefit of Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Inc. Federal Tax ID: 43-1950913
Operating Board of Directors
Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that operates GYAC facilities, programs and services, and employs GYAC staff. Federal Tax ID: 43-1950911
From humble beginnings and with God’s guidance, GYAC now offers year-round academic programs within on our 38,000 square foot facility.
Indian River County approves plans for the Gifford Youth Activities Center under management of The Progressive Civic League of Gifford, FL. The groundbreaking ceremony is held on February 23, 1997. Later, Carter Hopkins joins the Leadership team to fulfill a promise made to Dan Richardson when Dan became ill.
GYAC establishes a partnership with Indian River State College, formerly known as Indian River Community College, to create the Kellogg Academic Program for Success (KAPS). KAPS is created to assist students in 9th-12th grade in becoming first generational college-bound youth. KAPS receives $500,000 from the Kellogg Foundation. and wins the Equity Award after its first year in existence.
In 2017, Carter Consulting conducted a feasibility study to determine if the community would support a capital campaign. A “need” of $7.4M was established: $3M for the expansion; $4M for the endowment and $400K for three years of increased operations. GYAC exceeds the $7.4M “need” in March 2020.