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Youth Community Service engages young people from diverse mid-peninsula communities in meaningful service-based learning. YCS students build leadership and life skills, empathy for the needs of others, and a sense of connectedness, purpose and efficacy, while making a positive difference in the lives of those around them.
YCS programs engage youth in community service activities that promote increased awareness of the needs of their communities and the development of individual community service self-efficacy, and positive emotional and behavioral health. We actively collaborate with a number of K-12 educators and community-based organizations in northern Santa Clara and southern San Mateo Counties.
YCS offers training for educators and community-based organizations on the methods for developing and implementing high quality service learning programs. YCS also provides ongoing technical assistance to K-18 service learning practitioners in San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.