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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’s 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

A message from the Executive Director May 2021

Dear Friends of YATC, Spring is here and we are feeling the stirrings of change. Like you this past year, the YATC staff has been in a continual state of uncertainty as we navigated the pandemic while remaining true to our Founder Jim Moran’s mission to provide a second chance at success to the young […]

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Join us for 2021 Graduation via livestream

Please join us on Thursday, May 20 for the 2021 YATC Graduation ceremony via livestream. You can view the ceremony, hear our speakers and wish the graduates of Class 42 well by joining to the event virtually via Zoom. If you would like to log on for the celebration, please email for the Zoom […]

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Cool Wheels Car Show postponed until 2022

YATC will be unable to hold the 2021 Cool Wheels Car Show and has announced its 10th anniversary show will be held Sunday, January 16, 2022. Stay tuned for more information!

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Scholarship winners from 2018

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

2021 YATC Classic

November 13, 2021, 7:00 pm

Live and in person! We hope you will join us!

Friday, November 12
YATC Classic Golf Tournament
Jacaranda Golf Club
Plantation, Florida

Saturday, November 13
Open House and Meet the Students
Youth Automotive Training Center
Deerfield Beach, Florida

YATC Classic Appreciation Reception & Reunion
NSU Art Museum
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

More details to follow.

2021 Graduation Award winners

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.