The Youth Development Center fosters physical, academic and individual growth through community partnerships, engaged staff and a safe sustainable environment. ENGAGE, MOTIVATE, ACTIVATE!
Our youth are united in creating and experiencing positive self-worth, character building and life productive knowledge to carry through life.
The Youth Development Center (YDC) was founded in 1990 by a group of individuals, including business people and community leaders, who deeply cared for the development of adolescents in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke County. Later, Tom and Sheila Baker donated their home and three acres of land to complete a three building campus site.
The YDC Board of Directors was expanded.
The Gerald F. Smith Building was dedicated on December 3, 1995.
The first High School Dance was held in January 1996.
A goal of $1,455,000 was established to allow for construction of an office building, renovation of the Baker House, and construction of the activities building. Three acres of land were donated by the O'Sullivan Corporation, expanding the campus to 6 acres- 3 acres each in the city of Winchester and Frederick County. Donations were solicited and received from individuals, businesses, civic groups, youth groups, schools, churches, and government agencies. Additional donations were sought for the beginnings of a future endowment fund.
By 2003 the Youth Activity Building was being fully used and a new campaign began to expand the facility.
$1.6 Million was raised and the new Dave and Kathy Holliday Annex was dedicated in November of 2006.
The Activity Building has become a hub of activity for area young people. Over half of the area's middle and high school students participate in YDC programs. As advocates of a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle for adolescents, YDC has focused program offerings for teens during special times: New Year's Eve, After the Prom, and SuperBowl Parties.