KSDK -- The Youth Technology & Education Center underwent a name change Friday to better identify its goals as an organization: positively impacting the lives of inner-city kids through academic assistance. The YTEC will now be known as the Youth Learning Center (YLC).
The Youth Learning Center expanded internal classroom space by 2,500-square feet without having to affect the building's footprint. Four new classrooms have been added, as well as a meeting room and library. The room expansion also allows for the expansion of enrollment per session, from between 60 and 80 kids to 105 children.
The $660,000 renovation was made possible through charitable donations by Ray and Judy Deluca Ford, and the Ford Family Charitable Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation. Ray and Judy Deluca Ford helped co-found the YLC with Willie L. Kent Sr.
The Youth Learning Center focuses on improving kids' scores and improved comprehension in five subjects: mathematics, language arts, science, computer science and entrepreneurship/civic leadership. The organization offers a six-week learning camp and after school programs during the academic school year.
The YLC is located at 4471 Olive Street in downtown St. Louis. KSDK