Welcome to The Center

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.

A Week At The Center

*Impact Recognition

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.

Why Get Involved?

"I’ve had the opportunity to see students working on their homework in a quiet productive manner. I’ve seen staff interact with kids there and it’s very positive and fun. My child loves going there to be with new friends and have fun. I’m blessed he’s had this opportunity to be a part of this program!"
John, 14
"After-School Central is a safe and family place where I can express myself and trust others."
Emily, 13
“I enjoy when we are here, it’s as if we are in a safe-haven. We aren’t just treated as students, but like family. I enjoy that we are allowed to do things we find interesting. Being here has made me a better person. Thank you!”
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