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The mission of the Youth Speak Collective is to incorporate youth in
the revitalization of their community. YSC creates spaces for them to
learn about their community while empowering them to take its future
in their own hands. All YSC's programs and events revolve around the
changing needs of youth and the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Founded in 2005, Youth Speak Collective (YSC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers low-income, at-risk youth and their families with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities in the northeast San Fernando Valley. YSC has a "youth-driven" model: youth act as planners and stakeholders in all our programs. In the process, they acquire new competencies and find a positive sense of self-worth, purpose, and identity. Students in YSC's Youth Councils have written award winning grants, built a community garden, produced documentaries and created a Youth Anti- Gang media campaign. YSC programs such as Futbolito Pacoima (a youth-driven soccer league) and "For the Record" (a youth-driven newspaper) follow the same model: they engage youth to design, implement, and evaluate programs that meet their needs and the needs of their community under the guidance of adult mentors. Youth Speak Collective currently serves 500 at-risk youth per day , ages 13 to 18, in schools, parks, low-income housing developments and community centers.
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