About PCYC

Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) is a voluntary health, education, and welfare organization that was founded in 1954 to serve children and youth in the inner city of Minneapolis.

To enrich the skills, prospects, and spirit of North Minneapolis area youth and adults, in partnership with families and communities.


PCYC is a place of strength, safety and beauty where every young person is looked out for, nurtured and challenged.  Youth, adults, families and communities come together here to turn back the tides of poverty and violence, embracing hope, compassion and the reality of a better world.

We bring our mission and vision to life every day through three major program divisions:


Plymouth Christian Youth Center was founded in 1954 by students from Luther Seminary and other social justice advocates.  Our first home was an old hotel on Plymouth Avenue. That old neighborhood no longer exists.  Now it’s a vast freeway and commercial corridor (at Interstate 94, Plymouth Avenue and Washington Avenue).

The physical center of our new neighborhood is in the heart of North Minneapolis and the commercial corridor of West Broadway Avenue.  Here we continue our work and dedication to the renewal of the human and physical condition.  Every day we interact with children and their families, creating hope and reviving spirits.

Our campus and programs have changed over the years but our commitment to justice remains the same.

PCYC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.