Teen Zone

Welcome to YEC & TLC (Teen Zone)

The Teen Zone  which comprises the Youth Empowerment Center)YEC) and Teen Learning Center  (TLC)offers free services for youth ages 10-18 at two locations residing primarily within the 33460, 33461, and 33462, zip codes.  Free transportation is provided from the following schools; Lake Worth Community High, Lake Worth Middle, Lantana Middle, and Maritime Academy. Other youth will be served outside of the above zip codes. However, parent or guardian is responsible to transport the youth to the Center. The Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) opens year round and operates on Monday to Friday from 3:00-7:00 pm.  during regular school days,  school holidays, and summer months from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.  The YEC offers daily homework assistance, small group tutoring in reading, math,  teen council/leadership development; and organized instructional programs for physical activities such as dance, yoga, and martial arts; academic and arts programs such as science, crafts, and theater. It also offers opportunities for unstructured activities such as game playing, socializing, club meetings, and outdoor play.

The Teen Learning Center (TLC) operates at Lake Worth Community High school on regular days only and offers free ACT, FSA, and  SAT Prep. This site operates Monday to Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm. Registration is required and snack is served daily.  In addition, TLC works with our school guidance counselor to assist our youth with college readiness, college application, FASFA, scholarship, and referral to other services as needed. These programs are free and supported by grants from Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, United Way of Palm Beach County, Prime Time Palm Beach County, and in-kind support from the City of Lake Worth, Lake Worth Community High  School, Kiwanis Club of Lake Worth and many others.


While unstructured activities are an essential part of a Teen Zone, the center is staffed facilities and control and supervision are critical elements. These elements impact facility design as do considerations for youth-friendly and youth-appealing design. Safety is also of paramount importance.

The Teen  Zone offers our teens with other opportunities for Juniors and Seniors in High School to include Youth Leadership, Career Exploration, Teenpreunership/Shark Tank,  summer employment, jobs shadowing etc. Discussions and activities focused on maximizing learning from the service experiences and on helping teens cope with important developmental tasks – including understanding self and personal values, life skills, dealing with family stress, nutrition, human growth and development, and issues related to social and emotional transitions from adolescence to adulthood.


Make the grade and you get rewarded!

Adopt a child for $250 per year to provide incentives in the form of gift cards, christmas gift, birthday celebration , bus pass, school uniforms , and  supplies.

Contribute toward the FTC Scholarship Fund. Let’s send our youth to college.

It takes all of us to support our future doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, artists, singers and on…

So what can you do to better prepare for college coursework?

Start here…

  1. No time to slack your high school years. This is the beginning of your career and life.
  2. Take your homework seriously
  3. Ask your teachers for help if needed
  4. Ask your guidance counselor about dual enrollment
  5. Join the free  Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) located at 1701 Wingfield St., Lake Worth, FL. This is a year-round program which operates Monday to Friday from 3:00-7:00 pm on regular school days, and 8:00 am-5:00 pm on teacher professional days, school holidays, and summer. This program is funded by the Palm Bech County Youth Services Department.
  6. Join the Teen Learning Center (TLC) located at Lake Worth High School is funded by the United Way of Palm Beach County and offers free activities such as PSAT, FSA, SAT  and ACT, application to college, the college tours and much more. Program hours are Monday to Thursday 3:00-5:00 pm on regular school days only.See Ms. Charles, Mrs. Tabuteau or Ms. Lucy at the guidance office. Snack is served daily.
  7. Read as much as you can…………
  8. Think critically because there is more than one way to skin a cat.
  9. Start the college discussion earlier on with your parents.

Investing in us is a wise investment. Thank you to all of our sponsors. United Way of Palm beach County, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, Jim Moran Foundation, PNC Bank, Edward Jones, Sun Trust Bank, Kiwanis Club of Lake Worth, and much more……

Click  on our funder logo to learn about what each one does to impact our communities.