• Youth Learning

Youth Learning Centers

YWCA is on a mission to give every child an equal chance at success for the future.

Research suggests only 39% of third graders in Charlotte can read on grade level. Reading comprehension by the third grade is essential in determining future successes and children in low-income areas have fewer resources to break from this negative cycle. YWCA provides after-school literacy programs for students, and their parents, in high-poverty areas in order to make higher achievement possible.


1.  Park Road 3420 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
2.  Albemarle Road 5027 Idlewild Rd N, Mint Hill, NC 28227
3.  Billingsville Elementary 124 Skyland Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
4. Leafcrest 6513 Leafcrest Ln, Charlotte, NC 28210
5. Old Armory 500 N Johnson St, Monroe, NC 28112
6. Southside 435 Fairwood Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
7. Sugaw Creek 43 W Sugaw Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28213
8. Sunridge 4005 Sunridge Ln, Charlotte, NC 28215
9. Tuckaseegee  4820 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208
10. Willow Oaks 3223 Walkup Ave, Monroe, NC 28110
  1. What Do We Do?

    Our staff works to boost reading and learning skills for children in low-income areas by providing a holistic approach to a child’s development, which includes parent engagement. We focus on the following Core Competencies:

    1. Literacy Focus: YWCA’s Youth Programs work to eliminate generational poverty and increase economic mobility for children living in low-income areas by providing a high quality Literacy Focused After school and Summer Program. Literacy strategies include i-Ready – Diagnostic & Instruction, an innovative adaptive assessment and engaging personalized instruction program for reading.  
    2. Character Development: In addition to helping children improve their proficiency in reading, we partner with organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and First Tee of Greater Charlotte to support  Character Development
    3. Cultural Enrichment: Students enjoy Cultural Enrichment Activities through regular field trips and partnerships with Clayworks and The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP)
    4. Parent Engagement: Parents are an essential piece to a child’s academic success. We encourage Parent Engagement by linking parents to community resources and providing monthly parent workshops in their communities, where they learn effective parenting strategies from the nationally recognized parenting curriculum: Parenting The Love and Logic Way.
  2. Who Do We Serve?

    YWCA Central Carolinas serves 340+ children in grades K-5 across Mecklenburg and Union counties. Our centers are located in public housing communities, neighborhood recreation buildings and fragile neighborhoods. Click here for a complete list of our centers.


  3. Want to learn more?

    Contact YWCA’s Department of Youth Programs at 980-585-0505 to see if your child is eligible. 


YWCA is proud to partner with the following agencies to support children in our community: