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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

Afterschool programs

Open to the public, three paths are geared toward age and skill level of the player


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Summer programs

MFYC offers weeklong, full-day camps for rising first through ninth graders

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Richmond YPQI

Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention is a quality improvement process for out-of-school-time service providers


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Youth safety on campus

Training and implementation of VCU's safety policy for minors on campus

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MFYC founders

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.

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Supporting quality youth programming

"Young people spend 80 percent of their waking time outside of the classroom. If we really value youth, we have to be intentional about providing quality experiences that help them become better prepared to be adults in our community." - Charles Johnson, program manager, Youth Program Quality Intervention

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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.

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Youth tennis

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.

Each year, MFYC serves 900 youth.

77 scholarships were awarded to Richmond-area youth to participate in 2018 summer camps.