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Frank E.Thompson / President      &     Chenice Thompson / Executive Director

Youth Central recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each child. The program’s primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. Our curriculum skillfully weaves artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics. Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

Youth Central is an alternative school providing mentoring, reading assistance, drug and alcohol awareness, and a suspension program for students in grades 1st through 12th. The objective is to assist students and families by providing a safe environment which reduces negative behavior. We believe children will be successful if they remain in school.

We’re prepared to meet the educational needs of all school children.

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Youth Central, Apostolic Worship Child Development, Inc., a non-profit, faith-based organization, is dedicated to furthering individual fulfillment through education, mentoring and family strengthening. The “brain child” of Frank E. Thompson, it all began with their first venture in 1997, a youth summer camp. The goal was to provide a fun, safe, educational environment for youth during the summer months. The summer programs continue to this day.

In 2003, our visionary saw a need for a “reading initiative” program. This program was designed to help youth with reading comprehension and data manipulation in an after school environment. The program was very successful and grew to provide FCAT blitz programs designed to assist youth with FCAT preparation. We developed a partnership with the Orange County Coalition for a Drug Free Community and began an annual “Youth Gospel Rave.”

The purpose was to create a safe, drug-free, alcohol-free environment for youth to experience music and fun. It has been an annual anti-drug event for the past 9 years. Over 5,000 youth and families have participated in Youth Gospel Rave.

In 2005, the Apostolic Worship Child Development Center opened, providing childcare services to infant through 5 years old. The goal was to provide value and a “one stop” shop for both school age and childcare. Sixty percent of our participants are low income and on subsidized childcare.

In 2006 after experiencing a student come to our facility during the day, the question was asked, “Why aren’t you in school?” The reply, “I’m suspended.” What would this student do while suspended: wander the community, be exposed to negative behavior, what if there was an alternative?

These questions gave birth to Youth Central and The Fresh Start Academy.

YOUTH CENTRAL FRESH START ACADEMY

In 2003, Youth Central began this program for students who were separated from their schools in Orange County.  The program operates Monday thru Friday during regular school hours and provides an alternative for students being left at home or on the streets exposed to negative behavior. To date we have served 2761 youth.

The program operates with a science based curriculum, Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC). This curriculum is registered with The National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREEP) The program provides modules in effective communication, drugs & alcohol, raising resilient youth (parents) and “getting real” which promotes self awareness and mutual respect. Our purpose is to introduce the students to the “joy” of being in school and improving their behavior.

Our experience shows many students don’t feel that school is for them but rather for the teachers and administrators. Each student that attends the Fresh Start Academy receives follow up in their school for the remainder of the school year and a re-entry form when they return to school. This innovative approach has produced an average 60% success rate based on students from our program receiving no referrals, improved behavior and attendance.

Youth Central Presents: C-CORE (Career Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment)

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The Career Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment program is a mentoring program for youth ages 16 to 18 years old. The program serves 150 students at the Evans Community School.  Over the past 3 years we served 198 males and 113 female participants in the C-Core program. Many of the participants were from low income households; this information is gathered from students qualifying for free and reduced lunch.  Eighty percent (80%) of students were Haitian, 20% White, Black, and Hispanic descent. During the 2012 and 2013 school years, 100% of students in our program graduated and 100% of students are attending post secondary institutions and/or the military. Youth were exposed to business and college/universities tours and the youth completed over 4000 community service hours. We look forward to our focused approach at Evans Community School.

“C-CORE  Mentoring is in Partnership with Children’s Home Society of Florida and Career Source Central Florida”

Visit With Michael Baisden:

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Visit to the Ocoee Health Care Center:

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Gift Wrapping at the Coalition For The Homeless:

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Trip to Atlanta:

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2011 Ribbon Cutting of Oak Ridge Location:

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Stop The Violence Rally & Voter Registration

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Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:30AM – 4:30PM

Wednesday 7:30AM – 3:30PM

Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

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