Gifford Youth Achievement Center

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Walter M. Jackson Summer Camp applications are online.
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Save the Date: Gifford Youth Achievement Center Snow Ball at Oak Harbor

January 26, 2019
5:30pm to 9:30pm
Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing & a Fabulous Raffle

Don't miss this elegant night of entertainment hosted as a fundraiser by the Gifford Youth Achievement Center on January 26, 2019 with cocktails, a delicious dining experience, a fabulous and interesting raffle and many other details to follow.

Enjoy a magical night of sparking decor celebrating the winter season at elegant Oak Harbor Country Club while supporting the dreams of our students to graduate high school and become successful!

Details and tickets available soon on our website, www.GYAC.net/events.

If you would like to be a sponsor or raffle supporter, please call Peggy Gibbs, Director of Philanthropy, 772.794.1005 ext. 241.

Welcome to GYAC!

Hand saying "We Love Our Kids!"

The Gifford Youth Achievement Center operates to promote a foundation whereby the multiple barriers faced by the citizens of the Gifford Community/Indian River County area may be alleviated and/or replaced by goals that promote the ability of youth and adults to live in a productive community whereby maximizing the quality of their lives. We also envision the Gifford Youth Achievement Center to foster holistic and balanced living by establishing a mechanism for individual growth and development for all residents.

Children's Mental Health Forum

In GYAC's quest to help our parents and students, we held a Children's Mental Health Forum with Guidance Counselor Carrie Williams, Indian River County Sheriff's Office Major Eric Flowers, Jeff Shearer of Tykes & Teens and Dr. Maryam Ghadiri of the Environmental Learning Center. Talk centered around school violence, bullying, identifying students who have mental health issues and some of the ways to build trust and adjust attitudes of the youth. Members of the public, parents and leaders in the community attended what is hoped to be the first in a series of discussions on children's issues.

"Conversation with Law Enforcement Forum"

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office and the Fellsmere, Sebastian and Vero Beach Police Departments joined a panel of GYAC students to begin a Conversation with Law Enforcement. This was just the first step to building relationships and changing the perception of what these officers are about and do for the community. The students were able to ask questions and interact with LEO including ones that might be on their campuses as School Resource Officers in the future. It was deemed a successful forum by students and officers.

STARRY NIGHT FUNDRAISER - We hope you are able to join the Gifford community for this event to help support the GYAC Building Expansion Fund so we can eliminate the yearly waiting list for students!

GYAC's Starry Night
September 15, 2018
6:30pm - 10pm
at 4875 43rd Avenue (GYAC)
Join us for a night of Dining & Dancing Under the Stars!
$50 per person
Dinner includes Chicken & Ribs
with salad, dessert and beverage by 14 Bones BBQ
Music by the incredible Ladies of Soul!
Proceeds to benefit the GYAC Building Expansion Fund
(772) 794-1005 www.GYAC.net

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Please click on our 20 Year Anniversary logo to view our new video!


Indian River Magazine

Indian River Magazine
April, 2018
On the Scene

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Vero Beach Magazine
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March Vero Beach Magazine

Vero Beach Magazine
March, 2018
Gifford Library Grand Reopening

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