Our Mission, Vision and Values
The Youth Centers of Orange seeks to create a better tomorrow by providing mentoring, community engagement opportunities, enriching activities, and leadership and life skills development for the youth of today.
We believe that by connecting youth with positive role models and opportunities to develop their character and follow their dreams we can build the future leaders that will continue the legacy of the City of Orange.
We believe in fun with a purpose.
We believe in and adhere to the time-tested youth development model of Belonging, Usefulness, Influence and Competency.
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to follow their dream and we are committed to helping them achieve it.
A Strong History to Build Upon
Though only one year old, we have a strong history behind us. Our Old Towne Youth Center is located at the historic Grand Street Center, which is the history of youth development in the City of Orange. Since the 1940’s it has housed the YMCA and YWCA. On April 2, 2017, we opened our doors to hundreds of eager youth and their families. Originally established as the Old Towne Boys & Girls Club in 2017, we opened in partnership with the Tustin Club, which had been running programs at Handy Park since 2013.
Then in April of 2018, the Center opened as an independent youth serving non-profit. Thus the Youth Centers of Orange was created. By being Orange centered, "For Orange, By Orange, In Orange," we are ensuring this resource will be sustained for future generations in the city.
Strong Leadership to Create the Foundation
Tony Tripp was brought in to establish the Club in Orange. His successful history and extensive experience opening Boys & Girls Club sites and establishing quality youth development programs made him the ideal candidate. Prior to coming to Orange, Tony was the Director of Operations & Programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor. There he opened two sites, established three Middle School Centers, completed capital improvement projects at three facilities, and developed award winning programs.
Tony came to Orange to grow a Club, and he did just that. Within one year, we registered 300 members. In fact, during the first week of the school year, local schools ran out of membership forms and had to make copies. This is unprecedented for an opening of a new Club! Tony used his training and experience in successful Boys & Girls Clubs programs and customized them to best address the needs and interests of youth in the City of Orange. Combining this with the dedication and talents of the Center’s staff and the strengths of community partners has resulted in a successful strategy that continues to bring in youth through our doors.
Tony soon realized he needed committed partners to sustain the growth and meet the demand in the City of Orange. So, he set out to create the Orange Advisory Board. He sought out leaders from the City of Orange. In the process of building the Advisory Board he came to know and love the City of Orange. He also came to learn that to truly succeed, it needed to be an independent organization, for Orange, by Orange, in Orange.
A Bright Future Ahead
The future holds tremendous possibility for the Youth Centers of Orange. In just one year of operations, the Youth Centers of Orange has served over 400 youth and expanded its program to Handy Park, Grijalva Park, Killefer Park and El Camino Park. Our goal is to reach over 1,000 youth, more than doubling our current membership, over the next 2 years! With your support and partnership, the impact and legacy we can make in the City of Orange is limitless. Donate Today!
A Great Program With Great Support
The Youth Centers of Orange are fiscally sponsored by OneOC. Through this relationship, OneOC provides Youth Centers of Orange with administrative back-office support. As a result, duplicative overhead costs are prevented, and Youth Centers of Orange is able to allocate more resources directly to the community. To find out more about OneOC and the other 50+ non-profits they are supporting to bring amazing resources to Orange County, visit their website: https://www.oneoc.org/