"Other agencies in Worcester serve young people, and serve them well. But the Youth Center offers something that cannot be found elsewhere. Young people planned it, designed it, painted the walls, and wrote the rules". For youth who are accustomed to being monitored, managed or excluded that sense of ownership is crucial (a current youth member of the Worcester Youth Center)
Our mission is to provide a place where young people can build lasting, positive changes in their lives. We accomplish this mission by seeking resources, collaborations and opportunities that help young people to realize their full potential, sharpen skills and enable them to become vital, responsible and contributing members of society.
This fall, Barend entered Becker College in Leicester, but he finds time to visit the Center where he continues as an inspiration to other youth.
"The Worcester Youth Center has helped me grow not only in education, but as a person by preparing me for life's challenges."