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Our Founder Jim Moran believed “The future belongs to those who prepare for it. Let’s prepare our kids for a better future.”
YATC has been preparing students and graduates for success, positively impacting their lives, their families and our community since 1984.
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YATC graduates have the opportunity to earn scholarships that enable them to pursue further education, including advanced automotive training, additional vocational classes or college courses.
YATC’s nine-month curriculum includes intensive, hands-on automotive training, academic instruction, life management skills and career preparation.
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Since the program was founded in 1984, 90% of YATC graduates remain employed, are furthering their education or serving in the Armed Forces.
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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.”
YATC welcomed its 42nd Class in September 2020. Working within guidelines to keep students and staff safe during this unprecedented time, 15 new students are off and running in their studies. Say hello to the Class of 2021!
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 […]Read more
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom […]Read more
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!Read more
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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
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2021 YATC Donor Appreciation
November 13, 2021, 7:00 pm
YATC’s annual donor appreciation event will be held on Saturday, November 13 at The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. More details to come!Register now