The BYFY Program offers academic enrichment and leadership development activities that instill the values of education, leadership, personal growth and community. Participants meet weekly for academic assistance, leadership training, and college prep activities.
In keeping with the MVFC philosophy of shared responsibility, many of these activities are youth-led or youth-driven. The BYFY program also offers youth-run activities, which serves children and youth ages 5-24 and includes after school academic tutoring, music, preteen groups, creative arts, a STEM program, social entrepreneurship and a summer day camp. Most of the youth Mar Vista Family Center serves come from low- income Latino families from communities such as Culver City, Inglewood, Mar Vista and Del Rey. MVFC plans to expand the program through community outreach.
“To provide a good future for our children and youth we needed work together as a community and learn to invest and engage ourselves in every stage of their lives.”
“When I joined the youth group at MVFC, I opened up for the first time and I felt the support of everyone around me…Mar Vista helped provide me with strong role models, and now I can be one too.”