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GYAC Expansion Project

An expansion project at Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC), will eliminate the organization’s growing wait list and officially kicked off June 28, 2018. The project is very near completion and a Ribbon Cutting is planned for April 26,2019.

“Over the past 10 years we’ve seen a 62 percent increase in our enrollment, to the point that we are now officially out of space,” Perry said. “More families than ever are asking for our help, but we are forced to turn away more than 60 children each year because we have no room for them.”

The 14,000-square-foot expansion, designed by Edlund Dritenbas Brinkley Architects and Associates and being built by Proctor Construction, will add eight multi-purpose learning rooms, including a specially equipped computer lab and two rooms geared for teenagers.

“GYAC’s academic programs are a game changer for many students,” Perry said. “This expansion is going to ensure more students can access after school and summer programs tailored to their needs. We operate with a mentality that there are no excuses to succeed.”

“Between some significant leadership contributions and unanimous support from our board members, we have already raised more than $4.5 million, but we are not there yet,” said Scott Alexander at the announcement of the Public Phase of the Capital Campaign.

The goal is to reach $5,000,000 towards completing construction costs, furnishings and equipment plus another $2 million towards meeting the costs of operations for the next 3 years and increasing GYAC's endowment.

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Indian River County Commissioner Joe Flescher

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Groundbreaking June 28, 2018

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Our Students take part in the ceremonies of the Groundbreaking

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Construction site view with foundations being laid
Construction site view with foundations being laid, with people in the background
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Indian River Community Foundation donates $100,000 to new expansion

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Donors, Board Members and Media invited to attend Hard Hat Tour of New Expansion

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Logan Dritenbas, Commissioner Joe Flescher, Don Proctor and Patrick O'Neil

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Capital Campaign Co-chair and Board Member Scott Alexander speaks at Hard Hat Tour