Youth Village - Capital Campaign

$3,705 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 56 months
Great news! Youth Village formally announces our Capital Campaign!

Help us build a brighter tomorrow!

Youth Village, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Fort Walton Beach. It was formed in 1999 to create a safe place to provide various educational and recreational services to children ages 5-16 in our community.

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Naming Opportunity or Become a Sponsor 

Our program offers help with homework, computer literacy, public speaking skills, mentoring, cultural awareness, character building skills, bullying prevention techniques, arts and crafts as well as The Performing Arts (acting, dancing, singing, etc.)

Within the last 5 years, we have begun incorporating The Perfomring Arts at Youth Village on a larger scale.

Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment with supportive mentors, teachers and other caring adults to help our children acquire a love of learning and create a desire to achieve.

Our goal is to raise $750,000 for a new building. We are at a crossroads – our current building is over 50 years old and it’s now time to move forward. We need to heighten our security, we need a full kitchen, our wait-list is growing because of limited space, especially for our Cub Room (K-1st grade)

Our new building will include:
- Three larger classrooms. We need more space for our children to engage in more educational and fun activities.​
        - VPK - classroom for our 4 year olds
        - Kindergarten - 2nd grade classroom called the Cub Room.
        - 3rd - 8th grade classroom for our upper      
         elementary students
- We need a larger Computer Lab with space for more computers so that the children to be able to work on school projects, summer projects, homework assistance, and other activities. We currently have only 5 computers which is not enough for our growing population. A larger computer lab will also allow us to add more computers. The majority of our children do not have access to computers at home and would greatly benefit from this service. The Computer Lab will also be a place where the children will meet with our staff, tutors and volunteers for additional assistance with their homework and projects in a private setting.

- The main room will include several sections to include:
          - a "Reading Village" for our rapidly growing library. Many children also love reading together in what we call "The Reading Circle". Our current space can only accommodate 4-5 children comfortably at one time.
          - We will also have an arts and crafts section and also a game section for the students to have multiple educational and recreational activities.

- An updated, more secure building. One of our biggest needs is to have heightened security for our children. We are located in a high-crime area of Ft. Walton Beach according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. We intend to stay in the same general area because the vast majority of our students, who come from low-income, single-parent households, reside in this area. The majority of our children attend 4 local Title One schools, which are schools designated by the Department of Agriculture as having at least 75% of the students in the schools on free or reduced-price lunch. The new building will enable us to have an updated security system for the children, their families, our staff and volunteers as well as visitors.
- We also need a full kitchen. Our partnership with the Okaloosa County Health Department will allow them to present healthy lifestyle/eating sessions to the children and their families.

- We also need a performing arts studio. The children perform The Performing Arts in various locations through-out the community and the studio will allow them to have adequate space for theatre and dance rehearsals as well as fitness classes. Staff member Valerie Bogar is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. The space will also provide FREE fitness classes for the children as well as their parents, which will be provided by Val's Star Fitness.

(we made front page of the Showcase for an original musical production called Lookout)

- We are in need of a facility that will be large enough for our students to flourish and grow, large enough for the services we provide currently and more that is planned for the future, and most importantly, provide a SAFER place for our children, as per our Mission Statement.

Our mission is to provide a safe place, a fun place, a learning place, a place for kids where people care.

For more information go to: Youth Village 

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Raised by 20 people in 56 months
Created December 10, 2014
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Carl /Zena Payne
3 months ago

We donated because Youth Village has been a blessing in our lives and our daughter's life. Thank you Valerie, Ms. Nellie, Ms. B and all the other staff/volunteers/supporters for sewing/investing/contributing to our child's life and growth. God Bless!❤

Matthew Ryan
10 months ago

We would love to be Gold Sponsors!

Jean Dutton
32 months ago
Donna Maddox
43 months ago

Matching my birthday donations from Marian, Marilyn, and Barbara. Thanks, ladies!

Barbara Taylor
43 months ago
Nellie Bogar
43 months ago

It's all about the kids....AND its tax deductible!

Donna Maddox
43 months ago

I've met the contributions in honor of my 60th birthday and added some to round it up!

Michael Coffey
43 months ago

Happy Birthday Donna. You're Simply The Best!

Nellie Bogar
52 months ago

If not me...then who?

53 months ago
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