About United Community Centers

The 13th Avenue Community Center was established in 1937 by local civil rights activist Minnie Rogers, legendary educator Dr. Mary McCloud Bethune and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The center became a cornerstone for recreational, cultural, social and educational activities serving youth in the low-income neighborhoods of central Bradenton. The founders’ vision was to provide a place that offered a solid educational base so at-risk youth could realize their full potential.

Since it was founded, the organization has touched the lives of thousands of children by helping participants fulfill their destinies and become successful men and women who routinely give back to their community.

Today, the organization is known as United Community Centers, Inc. The agency was relocated into a brand new, state-of-the art facility on 24th Street E in Bradenton in 2010 and continues to offer academic enrichment programs, literacy training, mentoring and character building opportunities.

UCC is a private, not-for-profit agency licensed by the Department of Children and Families. UCC is partially funded through private donors/supporters, corporations, foundations, government/federal grants and by fundraising events. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about how to get involved or support UCC, call 941.746.7470 or contact us.

13 AV Dream Center

13 AV Dream Center at United Community CentersOur state-of-the-art 13 AV Dream Center facility, completed in 2010, provides participants with a clean, safe learning environment. From the sparkling classrooms with updated technological equipment to a modern gym, athletic fields, game and conference rooms, students gain the important self-confidence and self-reliance skills they need to achieve their dreams. With literacy as the cornerstone for all our programming, participants are supported by a very highly-trained staff of professionals who help to ensure their success.

Who We Serve

  • 1,500 students per year, ages 4-18
  • 93% of UCC participants come from single-parent households
  • Average annual income: $18,500 (family of five)
  • Our service area represents the region with highest # of referrals to Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Manatee County

How We Serve

For $3,000 per year/per child we Encourage, Motivate and Inspire the children who come through our doors every day. We build dreams and change lives by

  • Developing goal-directed behavior
  • Providing academic enrichment & mentoring programs
  • Increasing self worth and self-esteem
  • Increasing sense of family, peer and community support