Great Oak Youth Development Centers, Inc. was conceptualized in June of 2006 based on discussions on the unacceptable socio-economic plight of minority male youth. Having heard, observed, and lived the overwhelming odds facing minority male youth, a small group of individuals decided to study the organizing of a formal effort to address these issues.
After a few informal meetings to discuss moving ahead with the initiative, in August of 2006 Great Oak Youth Development Center was formally incorporated and subsequently validated in September 2006 as a educational charity.
Great Oak has moved rapidly in implementing a variety of foundation building programs that increase the odds of achievement and success. All programs are continuously evaluated and reviewed for effectiveness. Our most recent update was the addition of after school programs. These include math, reading, robotics, technology and mentoring, giving students more opportunities to expand their horizons.