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.


Indian River County Commissioner Joe Flescher


Groundbreaking June 28, 2018


Our Students take part in the ceremonies of the Groundbreaking

Construction site with equipment, just getting started
Construction site view with foundations being laid
Construction site view with foundations being laid, with people in the background

Indian River Community Foundation donates $100,000 to new expansion


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


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


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