On a balmy night in February, donors to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) Dream Weavers campaign gathered at GYAC’s Cis and Bill Glavin Educational Center to be honored for their contributions to a multi-year capital campaign. The celebration was held on campus, under the dimmed lights of the Freddie Woolfork patio, and toasted all of those who made the dream a reality.
The campaign took a village. Members of the Gifford Community, EDB Architects, Proctor Construction, Dream Weaver Honorary Chair Scott Alexander of Northern Trust; co-chairs Lisa Holmes, Mary McKinney and Trudie Rainone; and committee members, Adam Bolinger, Rosalen Cline, Bill Glavin, Barry Reardon, Norm Rickard, Todd Fennell, Tom Walsh and Joan Woodhouse, along with many others pooled their efforts to raise the roof of the new center.
The campaign began in 2018 with a goal of raising $7.4 million- $3 million for the construction of eight new classrooms, $400,000 to cover operational expenses for the first three years and $4 million to jumpstart an endowment fund. At its close, the organization raised $7.412 million, exceeding their goal.
“The two-year campaign was an absolute success, first and foremost for the children who attend GYAC’s educational afterschool program and summer camps,” exclaimed GYAC Executive Director, Angelia Perry.
The Cis and Bill Educational Center houses middle and high school students enrolled in GYAC’s Afterschool Program and elementary students remain in the Center’s original structure. The new facility makes it possible to accommodate the 40-50 students who were waitlisted year after year, plus an additional 75 students.
Looking forward, GYAC is focused on sourcing qualified teachers and securing an endowment for a sustainable future so that the Center is fully equipped to have a positive impact on the community for generations to come.
For more information about GYAC’s mission or program, call 772.794.1005 or visit www.gyac.net.
Gifford Youth Achievement Center, a 501(c)(3), opened its doors in 1998 with the sole purpose of enhancing the academic performance of children in Indian River County. The nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors, focuses on vulnerable students who live in the Gifford community and surrounding municipalities of Indian River County. In addition to year-round educational programs and activities for youth, GYAC provides activities for adults and seniors citizens, such as exercise classes, bible study, and computer and educational training. The Center also hosts job fairs, health clinics, community gatherings and serves as an information hub for those in need of services.