We believe every child should be given a chance to be successful.
We further believe that community volunteers; working as academic
mentors and tutors, together with the school districts
will provide free assistance to children struggling in school the opportunity to improve academically
and become successful lifelong learners. It is our mission to give
every child a chance!
Give Every Child A Chance will be
recognized as a premiere youth serving organization that
is dedicated to the growth and development of our young
people. We are committed to delivering superior,
responsive programs that are supported by dedicated
volunteers, staff and our Board of Directors.
As an organization:
We will build a stronger
foundation with strong executive leadership,
motivated staff and dedicated members of the board
We will engage networks
and welcome partnerships that open new doors and
opportunities to our youth.
Create a unified,
passionate voice that is influential and captures
the attention of all.
We will honor and
recognize volunteers who offer positive and
memorable experiences to our young people.
Our presence will be
visible in communities and be held in the highest
will continue our efforts to reach and serve youth
who need us most. We believe all youth can learn
and grow academically, socially and emotionally in
order to achieve at their highest potential.
A student that
is challenged in school will be challenged in life. By
volunteering to mentor/tutor a child to read, write, and
learn you can discover your power with just one hour.
Volunteer and change a life.Your Time – Their Future!
Who Is GECAC?
From its humble beginnings in 1998 with a single tutoring site and
13 tutors, Give Every Child A Chance (GECAC) has emerged as a unique
organization dedicated to helping children reach their fullest potential.
has made GECAC so special? Volunteers. From the founders, board
of directors, community partners, corporate sponsors, mentor tutors,
every aspect of GECAC is driven by the generosity of community volunteers.
Because of the efforts of literally hundreds of volunteers, GECAC
is able to offer its tutoring services AT NO COST. Churches, businesses,
civic clubs, educational and governmental organizations, youth programming
have all joined forces to work for the benefit of our children.
We are committed to developing and maintaining a quality mentor
program that will have a positive impact on the lives of children
in our community.
Our Founder - Antone Raymus
Our Humble Beginnings . . .
Antone E. Raymus, longtime home builder and
developer, had a vision for a safe and productive
place for struggling children who were in danger
of being lost to society. Those children were
struggling in school, and often ended up in our
judicial system. Therefore, in October of 1997,
with the help of his good friend Bob Camden, Mr.
Raymus held several meetings with community
leaders that led to the formation of what we now
call Give Every Child A Chance.
Over the last 10 years Give Every Child A Chance
has grown in leaps and bounds. Although Mr. Raymus
passed away in 2004, Give Every Child A Chance
continues to operate under the premise of his
“In 100 years it won’t matter what car I drove,
what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in
my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like,
but the world may be a little better because I was
important in the life of a child.” - Anonymous
Every Child A Chance is applying for the California
Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning
Centers Program, Cohort 7, 2012-2013 funding. As the
LEA, in a collaborative partnership with Ripon and
Manteca Unified School Districts, it is our goal to
ultimately provide free after school programs at every
elementary school in these communities