You’ve found The Center for Whitley County Youth, an award winning*, non-profit, community-based, youth development organization benefiting Whitley County since 2005.
Healthy young people don’t just happen. They are taught, they are led, they are loved. That’s why we are passionate about working with local middle and high school students and nudging them toward strong caring relationships, good character, positive recreation, educational and service opportunities, and spiritual development. We invest in our kids by meeting them at the center of their lives, in the whirlwind of activities that are described on this site.
2012 Greg Woll Excellence in Leadership Award- Whitley County Youth for Christ
2011 "Show Us Your Results" Challenge Winner- Dekko Foundation (1-5 winners from 100 applicants in 5 states)
2008 "Best Program" Award- Northeast Region of the Governor's Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana
2006 "Jewel of the Community" Award- Columbia City Area Chamber of Commerce
You’ve found The Center for WCY
The Center of exciting youth development activities
The Center of connection
The Center of creative learning
The Center of spiritual support
The Center of opportunities
Discover the story of the many students whose lives have been touched by the life-changing work of The Center.
Because The Center’s mission is so important to students, we do not charge fees for participation. Our programs are funded entirely by contributions local individuals, businesses, churches, service clubs & foundations, and receives no tax-supported government funding.
“I love coming to The Center! When I first started coming, I was really shy and had no self-confidence. Now I am more outgoing and feel more confident. I’m even going to be in charge of running the After-School Central program for middle school students for a whole day as one of my SERVE team challenges! I would never have been able to do that a few years ago.”
- Kayti, 16
“What I love most about The Center is all of the things here you can do. There are always different games and activities going on and you can get help with your homework. It’s also good for the high school students on the SERVE team because it helps them build their resumes and get ready for a job in the future.”
- Braedyn, 14
“The Center is one of the best places you can go after school. Not only do you get help with your homework, you also get to hang out and play games and other activities with friends. I also love that you can earn “Center bucks” to use at the Down Under Café and After-School Central Catalog”
- Logan, 13
Be a hero to local teens. Provide a safe-haven, caring mentors and role models, help with homework, a hot meal, increased employability, and the confidence to strive for more! If not you, then who?
How do you eat an Elephant?... One bite at a time! The needs are great. The task is big. You can help us eat this elephant. Grab a fork. We need you.