How We Do What We Do

In our effort to help local kids develop the leadership skills they need to grow, learn, and thrive, we strive to build a strong foundation for kids based on three strong pillars:

1. Get Your Geek on

Let your child find and embrace their love of all things science and technology, while furthering their creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.

2. Fit For Life

Let your child have the opportunity to play games like basketball and dodgeball, and learn how to prepare healthy meals. Although we love tech, we realize it should be used sparingly, and now have No-Tech-Tuesdays, to get some time away from the screen!

3. Superheroes

Let your child discover the Superhero in themselves through community projects that develop their leadership skills, while tapping into their ethics, empathy, and compassion.



As a youth development organization, the CYC provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community, so all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunities to realize their full potential. We strive to meet kids where they are, to take kids where they need to go, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity, regardless of their differences and backgrounds.

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It all began in 1949

In 1949, Bing Crosby established the Carmel Youth Center (CYC) as a 501 (C)(3) in Carmel, California. Bing founded the Center while he was living in Pebble Beach, and eventually helped create over two hundred private, non-profit youth centers. Of those two hundred centers, the Carmel Youth Center is the only one remaining.


Our Mission Continues...

The CYC continues to be a safe, nurturing environment that boosts curiosity, builds confidence, and develops the life skills kids need to survive. While Bing Crosby was the guiding force behind the formation of the Center, many community members actively participated in the organization of the Center the CYC continues to provide programs to meet the emerging needs of young people in our community.

When you become part of CYC, you’re joining a rich legacy and proud movement of teachers, parents, community, and business leaders with a shared belief: to nurture, educate and encourage kids to be responsible, civically engaged and prepared for the future.