Youth Village
Capital Campaign

"Help Us Grow our village"

Great news!  Youth Village formally announces our Capital Campaign!

Our goal is to raise $750,000 for a new building. We are at a crossroads – our current building is over 50 years old and it’s now time to move forward.  We need to heighten our security, we need a full kitchen, our wait-list is growing because of limited space, especially for our Cub Room (K- 1st grade)

Our new building will include:
  • Three larger classrooms, plus a main room for our older children. We need more space for our children to engage in more educational and fun activities.
    • K4 (VPK) - classroom for our 4-year-olds 
    • Kindergarten - 2nd-grade classroom called the Cub Room.
    • 3rd-grade - 8th-grade - large room for our upper elementary students and middle school students
  • We need a larger Computer Lab with space for more computers so that the children to be able to work on school projects, summer projects, homework assistance, and other activities. We currently have only 5 computers which are not enough for our growing population. A larger computer lab will also allow us to add more computers. The majority of our children do not have access to computers at home and would greatly benefit from this service. The Computer Lab will also be a place where the children will meet with our staff, tutors and volunteers for additional assistance with their homework and projects in a private setting.
  • The main room will include several sections to include
    • a "Reading Village" for our rapidly growing library. Many children also love reading together in what we call "The Reading Circle".  Our current space can only accommodate 4-5 children comfortably at one time.
    • Space for the older children, along with their tutors, when necessary, to do their homework and special projects.
    • We will also have an arts and crafts section and also a game section for the students to have multiple educational and recreational activities.
  • An updated, more secure building. One of our biggest needs is to have heightened security for our children. We are located in a high-crime area of Ft. Walton Beach according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. We intend to stay in the same general area because the vast majority of our students, who come from low-income, single-parent households, reside in this area.  The majority of our children attend 4 local Title One schools, which are schools designated by the Department of Agriculture as having at least 75% of the students in the schools on free or reduced-price lunch. The new building will enable us to have an updated security system for the children, their families, our staff and volunteers as well as visitors.  We also need a full kitchen.  Our partnership with the Okaloosa County Health Department will allow them to present healthy lifestyle/eating sessions to the children and their families.
  • We will also incorporate a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program. VPK is a state-funded program for children 4 years old who will be entering Kindergarten in each upcoming school year.  The VPK program is offered at no charge to the parents.
  • We have also partnered with the Okaloosa County School District’s Title X Program, whereby they pay tuition through a grant for homeless children so that they may attend our summer camps. 
  • We also need a performing arts studio. The children perform The Performing Arts in various locations through-out the community and the studio will allow them to have adequate space for theatre and dance rehearsals as well as fitness classes. Staff member Valerie Bogar is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. The space will also provide FREE fitness classes for the children as well as their parents, which will be provided by Val's Star Fitness.
We are in need of a facility that will be large enough for our students to flourish and grow, large enough for the services we provide currently and more that is planned for the future, and most importantly, provide a SAFER place for our children, as per our Mission Statement

Three Ways you can help us!

1. Naming Opportunity

Naming opportunities for Youth Village new building are available. Please contact Youth Village, Inc. for more information at (850) 582-0549.

2. Become a Sponsor

You can become a sponsor for our Capital Campaign by donating any amount to help build Youth Village new facility. Your Capital Campaign donation is tax deductible. Please CLICK HERE for more information on how you or your organization's name will be recognized for the dollar amounts below, or call Nellie Bogar at (850) 582-0549 or Valerie Bogar at (850) 460-5649.
  • Corporate Sponsors
    • Platinum - $40,000 and up
    • ​Diamond - $20,000 - $39,999
    • Ruby - $10,000 - $19,999
    • Emerald - $5,000 - $9,999
  • Individual Sponsors
    • Gold - $1,000 - $4,999
    • Silver - $500 - $999
    • Bronze - $250 - $499
    • Friend - up to $249

3. donate online through our go fund me page