The mission of the United Community Center (UCC) is to provide programs to Hispanics and near south side residents of all ages in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development and health and human services. UCC assists individuals to achieve their potential by focusing on cultural heritage as a means of strengthening personal development and by promoting high academic standards in all of its educational programs. Founded in 1970 as a youth recreation center, the United Community Center has developed programs in response to community needs. With 40 years of experience providing educational and social welfare programs to nearly 15,000 residents of Wisconsin each year, nearly 90% are racial or ethnic minorities and more than 40% live at or below the poverty level. The population served is: 80% Hispanic; 11% Caucasian; 6% African-American; 1% Native American; and 2% Asian.