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No novice to the nonprofit world, Pat Brier joined the Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s (GYAC) Board of Directors in September. With the addition of Brier, GYAC has more than 20 board members who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to promote the mission of GYAC: to create, with God’s guidance, educational, cultural and social opportunities that enhance the lives of the youth and families we serve.

“GYAC is excited and humbled to welcome Mrs. Pat Brier to the GYAC Board of Directors.  Pat brings a wealth of knowledge and tireless energy to our organization.  As we transcend in our efforts to support the dreams and aspirations of our youth, Pat will be a guiding light shining on the endless possibilities that our organization can provide,” remarked GYAC’s Board of Directors Chairwoman, Dr. Deborah Taylor-Long.

Pat brings years of experience working with local nonprofits including the Indian River Community Foundation, Senior Collaborative of Indian River, United Way of Indian River, John’s Island Community Foundation and the John’s Island Community Service League.

Prior to moving to Vero Beach in 2004, she spent much of her time teaching, as well as volunteering in her community and church.  Pat has a degree in special and elementary education, in addition to 30 post-graduate hours in psychology and history.

Pat and GYAC’s board of directors are working diligently to ensure the Center thrives for another 25 years. Offering year-round academic enrichment for children in grades K –12 and the Youth Employability Program for students in grades 6 – 12, GYAC remains focused on Changing Lives, Changing Futures.

Approximately 250 students in grades kindergarten through twelve are currently enrolled in GYAC’s educational afterschool program. Monday through Thursday students receive homework assistance and, if needed, one-on-one tutoring. Weekly enrichment activities include the science explorers club, youth employability skills, gardening, tennis, cosmetology and much more. In addition, students participate in several off-site cultural and social outings throughout the year.

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