EduRec Youth & Family Fun Center is the vision of Melvin and Joyce Cooper. It is a youth and family fun center housed in a 53,000 square foot facility, situated on 15 acres of land. It is recognized as a public IRS 501(c)(3), designed to serve the educational and social needs of the community. It was created to offer youth, ages 5-21, a positive alternative for creativity and growth. Instead of joining a gang or engaging in some self-destructive behavior, youth can participate in a variety of academic enrichment and mentoring activities or programs which encourage character and integrity development. Its founders believe that education is the key to success and that they should help empower youth as well as the community to live healthy lifestyles!
Our goal is to help instill three core tenants: Character Development, Work Ethic and Servant Leadership. The goal is to increase the resiliency of each youth thereby increasing the probability they will engage in more pro-social behaviors and reduce their chances of violent, delinquent or substance abusing behaviors. The acquisition of these positive skills by the youth will strengthen their self-esteem, support improved academic performance and increase their ability to successfully maneuver through their adolescent years. The establishment and development of positive programs foster the missing element in lives of the youth served. EduRec strives to be an integral part in youth becoming viable, healthy adults.
We offer an after school program in which youth are picked up from school, provided a snack, receive help with their homework and tutoring and they participate in supervised, fun activities until a parent/guardian picks them up each day. We also offer programs which build character and self-esteem, teach discipline and promote team building such as karate, ballet, basketball, football, guitar lessons, piano lessons, drama classes and praise dance classes. In addition to the programs listed above, we offer Spring Break and Summer Camps to provide youth the opportunity to retain their math and reading functioning levels. Our camps provide math, reading, science and life skill classes in the morning and fine arts, recreational activities and sports in the afternoon.
In addition to programs for kids, EduRec has programs that benefit the community such as Food on the Move and Talking Is Teaching. These programs provide an opportunity for food to be brought into a community where no grocery store exists, as well as provide parents with the necessary skills to ensure that their children are ready to enter kindergarten with the appropriate knowledge for them to be successful. EduRec also holds wellness events, financial literacy classes, offers facility rentals for birthday parties, banquets, family reunions, vendor fairs, talent shows and much more at a cost affordable to the community. It has a holistic approach to helping the community and its inhabitants become stronger and better.