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“YATC helped put in perspective how important it is to stay on top of your responsibilities in order to make a better life for yourself.”

Soraya Duchemin, Class of 2023 Graduate

Build your
Skills Toolbox

YATC’s nine-month curriculum includes intensive, hands-on automotive training, academic instruction, life management skills and career preparation.

Design a Road Map for
your future

Since the program was founded in 1984, 90% of YATC graduates remain employed, are furthering their education or serving in the Armed Forces.

Become part of the
YATC Family

YATC’s support does not end at graduation. Alumni are part of a unique community and can receive assistance and mentoring as they navigate new paths to success.

A second chance for a better tomorrow

“I’m inspired by these kids every time I visit the school. They have the ability to succeed in life, but circumstances prevent them from achieving. We give them the break they need. And they know that they can always count on us. If times get tough and they need a hand they know where to call. These kids and their families are always part of our YATC family.”

Signature of Jim Moran

Our Founder

What is
YATC all about?

Members of YATC’s Class of 2021 talk about the YATC experience and how it changed their lives.

Wanda and Jim Moran, Jr.

Thank you to
all of our generous donors

All contributions large and small make a huge impact on our program.

Latest posts

Cool Wheels 2024 has been cancelled

Dear Cool Wheels fans and friends of YATC, Due to multiple unexpected roadblocks, the 2024 Cool Wheels Car Show will be cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes. We are committed to putting on a car show at the highest standards for all our fans and everyone in the community. To […]

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Tutors help YATC students meet their challenges

This school year, YATC students have been fortunate to benefit from the expertise of our volunteer tutors once again. After pausing the tutoring program in 2020, these volunteers have returned to work one on one with students to help them with academic areas in which they are struggling. Weekly visits allow the students and the […]

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A message to the Class of 2023

Congratulations to the YATC Class of 2023! It’s hard to believe that nine months have passed since you first became a YATC student. As a graduate, you join a diverse group of more than 800 other individuals who have completed the YATC program and moved forward to create a future that is uniquely yours. The […]

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2018 Award winners

Join our mission! Support YATC today

The mission of the Youth Automotive Training Center is to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair skills, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills. The goal of this program is to prepare young adults who are at a disadvantage in their lives to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens.

Our program is funded solely through the generosity of friends like you! Please consider how you can support our critical mission to give disadvantaged young people a second chance in life.

Ways to give back

Save the date

Cool Wheels Car Show will be Sunday, January 19, 2025 at Quiet Waters Park

January 19, 2025, 10:00 am

Please join us on January 19, 2025 for the 12th Annual YATC Cool Wheels Car Show at Quiet Waters Park, Bald Eagle Shelter, in Deerfield Beach. For questions, please contact (561) 452-3684.

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YATC supports a culturally diverse population, welcoming students ages 16-21 of any race, gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. YATC’s Non-Discriminatory Policy is:



399 S.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students or the school. It does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and other school administered programs.