The mission of The Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to come together and make friends. The Center strives for excellence in meeting the human service needs of all those living on or nearby our barrier island. The Center is focused on the community and open to all. In doing so, the Center is often seen as an "Educational Center,", a "Recreational Center," a "Youth/Teen Center," and a "Senior Citizen Center." Beyond the Classroom is an afterschool extracurricular program at The Center that engages participants in hands-on learning activities, exploring outdoors, and giving students the opportunity to learn in the real-world environment. Being so near the ocean, bay, estuaries, and many local preserves, Beyond the Classroom is fortunate to have a plethora of outdoor classrooms readily available. Over the summer, youth and teens at The Center take part in many outdoor camps, such as fishing, sailing, surfing and more. The Center youth programs aim to engage the children in the local nature and take advantage of the beautiful island on which it is located.