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Dennis Costanza, president of the Community Youth Center, poses for a photo in the wresting room during an open house of the new high school Academic Excellence Center in Concord, Calif., on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group)


Learning and training

Parents and students, including Jesse Molinar III, 12, of Concord, tour the new high school Academic Excellence Center, a part of the Community Youth Center in Concord. The CYC is designed to attract youth and offer them a place to learn and train in athletics, according to the center's website. The staff stresses the importance of education on a consistent and daily basis.