The Mar Vista Family Center in Del Rey held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, February 2nd, for its new Everychild Foundation Youth Center.

The new facility, expected to be completed next year, will allow the Mar Vista Family Center, 5075 Slauson Ave. in Del Rey, to expand its programs to serve more members of the community. Major funding for the new youth center was provided by the Everychild Foundation, and secondary funding was from the Glorya Kaufman Foundation as well as several other donors.

The mission of the Mar Vista Family Center is to provide low-income families with quality pre-school education, youth enrichment and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and communities.

Mar Vista Family Center officials said every program adheres to the basic premise that it is critical to empower children, teens and adults to play vital and responsible roles as decision makers, community leaders, mentors and classroom volunteers.

The center, which has served the community for over 30 years, currently operates 21 projects in three main program areas — Preschool, Youth and Community.