The Mary and Frances Youth Center provides programming and training to enhance the lives of youth in the Richmond metro area.
Mary and Frances Youth Center
Open to the public, three paths are geared toward age and skill level of the player
MFYC offers weeklong, full-day camps for rising first through ninth graders
Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention is a quality improvement process for out-of-school-time service providers
Youth safety on campus
Training and implementation of VCU's safety policy for minors on campus
About the center
The Mary and Frances Youth Center opened on Sept. 28, 2007 and was underwritten by Michael Fraizer, former CEO of Genworth Financial Inc., and his wife Elizabeth. Their support led to the construction of the center on the VCU Monroe Park campus along West Cary Street.
The center consists of two private tennis courts and classrooms designed for youth programming and youth-centered training.
Discovery program closing
For more than 20 years, VCU has offered the Discovery summer camp program. The MFYC provided the camp for seven years, but will no longer be offering the STEAM-H program. The MFYC will instead streamline staff and space resources to further invest in the youth center’s award-winning Lobs & Lessons summer program.
Afterschool community programs
The Lobs & Lessons after-school program serves up to 40 youth a day, offering after-school programming five days a week. Youth in the program are participants with one of several community partner organizations.
631 Richmond youth served, representing seven cities and counties in the Richmond region.
148 youth development workers received more than 1,000 hours of Youth Program Quality training and coaching.
More than 100 volunteers support the center annually by giving 1,880 hours of service.
780 individuals were trained on youth safety and protection.
The MFYC serves more than 600 youth per year.
77 scholarships were awarded to Richmond-area youth to participate in 2018 summer camps.