As a leader in youth programming in since 1990, Youth Community Service developed a service-learning curriculum based on our East Palo Alto Program for middle school students (grades 6-8). YCS has integrated into the curriculum both academic and service activities. Students learn about important issues facing their community and engage in service to their community.

The structure of the curriculum was developed through the integration of: (a) YCS best practices in after-school programming; (b) the Guiding Principles for Quality After-School Program Serving Preteens, developed by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health; and (c) the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice developed by the National Youth Leadership Council
and RMC Research Corporation.

The curriculum is designed for use in the classroom, and for after-school clubs that meet one to three times per week throughout the academic year.

The development of the curriculum was supported by a grant from the Lucile Packard Foundations for Children’s Health. For more information about the YCS After-School Service-Learning Curriculum, contact Monica V. Ponce at