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ORGANIZATION: Youth Science Institute

Youth Science Institute (YSI) is seeking spectacular board members to join a dynamic organization. We are specifically looking for individuals with a fundraising, strategic planning, and/or accounting background. Previous board experience preferred, but not required.

The Youth Science Institute (YSI) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose mission is "to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning". We fulfill our mission by offering hands-on, nature-based, science education to children, families, and the general public. We offer School and Group Programs, Summer Science Camps, weekend Science Safaris, and annual community events. Many of our programs include live animals and nature hikes. Each year, we deliver inquiry-based life, physical, earth, and social science to nearly 30,000 pre-K to sixth-grade students. Since our founding in 1953, we have served hundreds of thousands of children.

YSI maintains three Science and Nature Centers, where we deliver our hands-on science and experiential environmental education programs: Alum Rock Park, San Jose, CA; Sanborn County Park, Saratoga, CA; and Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos, CA. Each Center has unique artifacts, collections, and resources that connect the public with nature while teaching science.

Potential board members for this role would be expected to attend one Committee meeting per month and one Board meeting per month.

YSI Inclusion Statement

YSI has an inclusive, understanding, and equitable working environment. We believe that each of our board members, staff, and volunteers enriches the work environment. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation based on an individual's race(including traits associated with race, which include, but are not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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About Youth Science Institute


at Vasona Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032, US

Mission Statement

YSI Parters with Nature to Teach Kids Science!

Our Mission: To inspire enthusiasm for Science and a love of learning.


The Youth Science Institute (YSI) is a leader in nature-based science education in Silicon Valley, CA, engaging 30,000 pre-school through high school students annually in the wonders of science.

What we do:

In our 62 years, more than 1.5 million children have benefited from our mission: to inspire enthusiasm for science and a love of learning.

YSI focuses on hands-on learning of life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

This includes:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Geology
  • Natural history
  • Much more!

YSI programs and curricula meet and support California State Science Standards.

What makes us special:

Our enthusiastic, Bay Area science instructors have a passion to increase curiosity for science education through all of the programs that we offer.

Our highly experiential, group programs develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary for a child's academic success, which ultimately impacts his or her opportunity for economic success.

Why it is important:

Our School Programs and Summer Science Camps also directly connect children with the wonders of nature, addressing the increasing challenge of "nature deficit disorder." By fostering a connection with nature and developing their critical thinking abilities, students have a greater potential to grow into involved citizens with the capacity to contribute to the community and the health of the planet.

In order to develop a work-force that can contribute to the vitality of the Bay Area and nation, science education is critical to meeting that need. YSI programs fill the gap in science learning that is present in classrooms today.

Our Nature Centers:

YSI's three Science and Nature Centers are located at Alum Rock Park in East San Jose, Sanborn Park in Saratoga, and Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos.

Our Alum Rock and Vasona Lake centers are open to the public and feature live birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles, interactive exhibits, and year-round programs for children and families.


YSI also holds two annual educational events: a FREE Community Day each year and a Wildlife Festival the first Sunday in October, as well as Science Safaris (public classes) throughout the year.

For more information, please visit our website:


Board Development
Children & Youth
Board Development, Children & Youth, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


296 Blossom Hill RoadLos Gatos, CA 95032


  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Relationship Building




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 3 year board term; attend one committee meeting per month in addition to monthly board meeting

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