DEERFIELD BEACH – Troubled pasts were replaced with opportunities for brighter futures as 30 students attended their first day at the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC).
Board members, YATC staff and supporters welcomed their 35th class to the Deerfield Beach center, where the students will be offered resources and support to turn their lives around – all in exchange for their hard work and dedication over the next nine months.
Automotive legend and founder Jim Moran of JM Family Enterprises created YATC with the mission to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills. The program prepares young adults to become self-sufficient, productive and law-abiding citizens. Since opening its doors in 1984, nearly 600 students have graduated from YATC and have become contributing members of the community.
“Jim Moran believed in second chances and he believed in YATC,” said Larry McGinnes, president, YATC Board of Directors. “This program held a special place in Mr. Moran’s heart, and each year we keep his dream alive by helping these young people change their lives and prepare for a better future.”
Joining the new class on their first day Sept. 3 was Jan Moran, wife of the late Jim Moran, and Colin Brown, YATC board member and president and CEO of JM Family Enterprises. Both shared encouraging stories of Jim Moran’s commitment to helping kids prepare for a brighter future, while reinforcing that hard work and dedication will lead to each student’s own success.
Students are referred to the Youth Automotive Training Center in a variety of ways, including through the departments of Juvenile Justice and Children and Families, former YATC graduates, local clergy and word of mouth.
For more information visit yatc.org or call 954-428-0909.