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 expected to be completed in Spring, 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 are moving closer to meeting the need, but we are not there yet,” Bollinger said. “However, we have an extraordinary staff and generous donors, which over time have proven we are capable of delivering on our promises.”

Planned expansion illustration
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