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The Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) will be hosting a ‘Peek at our Pride’ tour on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Tours are the perfect opportunity for new and seasoned residents to fall in love with the Center’s mission: to create, with God’s guidance, educational, cultural and social opportunities that enhance the lives of the youth and families we serve.

“If you’re new to town, seeking volunteer opportunities or simply want to learn about ways to support our students, GYAC’s Peek at our Pride tours provide individuals with a glimpse of the Center’s daily activities as well as information on how to get involved,” said Executive Director Angelia Perry.

For almost 25 years, GYAC has been providing a safe, structured learning environment for children after school. Approximately 250 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth, from across Indian River County, are 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 lessons in 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.

In June, GYAC’s enrollment balloons to nearly 300 students who attend the Center’s summer camp, where educational instruction continues.  Afternoons are filled with plenty of time for recreation, including weekly trips to the pool, bowling alley and skating rink.

That’s not all. As part of the Beyond Special K (BSK) program, GYAC hosts weekly exercise classes: low impact aerobics and Qigong for adults and senior citizens. Plus, a mobile food pantry and food delivery for nearby homebound seniors is offered twice a month.

Learn more about GYAC during one of our famous “red carpet tours,” led by Freddie Woolfork, GYAC’s Director of Public Relations and Facilities Operations. Following the tour, enjoy refreshments and a Q&A session on the open-air patio. If you cannot make it November 16, GYAC will be hosting a tour on January 12 and April 19.

See firsthand how our teachers and staff are focused on Changing Lives, Changing Futures and why your neighbors loyally support GYAC’s mission. An RSVP is kindly requested. For more information or to RSVP, please call 772.794.1005 or email Peggy Gibbs, Director of Philanthropy at

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