About LaGrange Communities Youth Centers, Inc.
Founded in 2006, LCYC offers a variety of opportunities for LaGrange County youth and their families to participate in, including after-school programs at local area schools, summer camps, and acting as a liaison and entry port for the out-of-school suspension program for all LaGrange County school districts.
Our vision is to provide programs in a safe environment to strengthen youth and their families.
It is our belief that providing a safe environment, diverse learning opportunities, real-world experiences, and connections to the community reaches far beyond a child. It can affect their entire family, community, and ultimately the economy.
Community centers are not just for seniors, not just for kids, and not just for families. They can offer an enormous variety of educational, social, and recreational activities, tailored to what the members of the community are interested in. And in the end, improving the quality of life.
The Story of Us
Over the past twelve years, LCYC’s primary focus has been the young people of LaGrange County. We have provided a variety of opportunities for LaGrange County youth and their families, including after-school programs, out-of-school suspension programs, summer camps, kite festivals, and community involvement. Where would some of these young people be if we didn’t offer these programs? “On the streets. In trouble.”
LCYC’s longstanding goal has been to offer young people a space where we can teach life skills and prepare them for a purposeful life. By broadening our vision, we came to realize that providing those services to the youth not only affects them but potentially their entire family.
In 2010 we received a donation of land to be used for the benefit of the community. Building a recreational center has been an integral part of the vision of the organization from the beginning. In the absence of such a center, we have had to conduct all our programs and activities at various locations around the county, such as area schools and county parks.
Our plan for sustainability is with revenues generated through rent, facility usage, and the variety of youth and adult classes/sports leagues that will be available. It is our belief that with these new ventures, in addition to a more positive economic climate, increased community support, and private donations LCYC will be able to meet its goal of becoming financially independent and self-sustained.