Mission: 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
Programs: 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.
I have been a Novato Youth Center Board member for 9 years, serving as Board President for 5 of those years. It is an amazing agency with a diverse group of services, all related to youth and supporting their journey to become successful adults. We touch their lives as we teach, guide, care, and counsel. We offer an array of programs to meet youth at their stage in life: child development, counseling, adolescent health & wellness, athletic programs, and collaborate to offer community-based prevention programs. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the Novato Unified School District that enables us to co-serve services in an effective and efficient way on school campuses and throughout the community. All our services are delivered by highly qualified and educated staff. I am proud to be a part of the Center as we celebrate 36 years of service to the community.
I have just completed 12 years on the Board of Directors of this incredible organization. I have been involved with other organizations, but NYC has amazing staff, leadership, and a very productive Board. Every time I entered the building I was aware of sounds coming from happy children, whether at play, doing art projects, learning, or playing sports. The outreach to Novato schools, couseling, tutoring, health care were all programs that the organization provides. I will miss my time on the Board, but I will always be involved with this amazing organization Larry Aronson. Former Board Member & President.