Novato Youth Center

Rating: 4.29 stars   14 reviews


680 Wilson Avenue Novato CA 94947 USA


The NYC believes all youth have talents and strengths and the right to lead healthy, happy lives. Its purpose is to mobilize the community and support families to respect, nurture and guide young people, through advocacy and services for children, youth and families.

Geographic areas served:

Marin County


The novato youth center (the center) was incorporated in 1976 as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the state of california to provide various youth services primarily in northern marin county, california. Their mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed by supporting their development in academics and learning; health and well-being; personal enrichment through arts and athletics; and social interaction and community engagement. The center serves over 2,800 youth and their families annually through five program areas: child development and academic enrichment, including early care & education for children ages 12 months to five-years-old and the school-age programs it's all elementary! And 1-up-4 college middle school; sports leagues, offering basketball, indoor soccer and volleyball leagues; youth and family counseling, providing evidence-based individual, family and group therapy programs; adolescent health & wellness, including novato's only school-linked teen clinic, pregnancy prevention education; and community-based prevention, a collection of efforts focused on substance use, bullying and mental health through our community health advocate/promotores program, the healthy novato project and the novato blue ribbon coalition for youth (fiscal sponsor role). The center is funded from diverse sources including program fees, government grants, individual and corporate donations, and foundation grants.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My son has been part of the Center for 3 1/2 years and his experience there has been amazing. The teachers (most of whom are parents themselves) care for the children as if they were their own and are incredibly supportive to parents, especially first-timers. My son has many new buddies and we too have made many new friends. It truly is a great place for youngsters to grow up and develop wonderful new skills.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my sons interpersonal skills and also his development skills.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very proud!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friendships and support I have gained from the teachers and other families and the reassurance that my son is in a safe, happy and healthy environment while we are both at work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, nuturing and put the children first ALWAYS!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be even more amazing!

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time at home with my son (he is happy where he is and that makes me happy!)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and community support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would highly recommend the Novato Youth Center to any family looking for a safe, friendly and nuturing preschool/daycare for their child.

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