Campus Manager: Erin Paige
Address: 501 21st Street West Palm Beach
Phone: (561) 804-5000
Hours: Monday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Sunday: Closed
Youth Empowerment Centers (YEC) are located at Gaines Park and Pleasant City. YECs incorporate enriching teen-specific programs for kids 12 to 19 years old. These facilities feature a multipurpose building for programs and activities, audio/video & recording Labs, computer labs, playground area, gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts.
When West Palm Beach, like many urban cities nationwide, began experiencing an escalation of youth gun violence, the City partnered with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and a host of service providers to create a facility specially designed for teens. We opened the YEC in 2007, and since then have enrolled over 900 area teens in educational and recreational programs including computer use, design and construction; tutoring; FCAT prep; audio/video production; substance abuse education; teen pregnancy prevention; intramural basketball and flag football; talent competitions; gang prevention; and job readiness and training. We hold job fairs, offer career planning, college tours and a place just to hang out. The center is open Monday through Saturday — with a game room that includes gymnasiums, Xbox 360, billiards, ping pong, card tables, Wii and other activities.