Youth Community Service (YCS) 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 was founded in 1990 to bring together the communities of East Palo Alto and Palo Alto through youth service and development. YCS is a collaborative organization with a rich curriculum of service-learning and community service projects and programs, solid partnerships with local service agencies and schools, and broad community visibility and support.

In response to recent reports and surveys documenting critical unmet needs among youth in the Palo Alto community, YCS has been funded by three-year matching Santa Clara County and City of Palo Alto grants to launch and sustain a Youth Connectedness Initiative. The YCS organization brings experience in engaging youth and their adult allies in service-based learning activities that build self-awareness, self-development and community connectedness and responsibility.

During the school year, the Program Coordinator for the Youth Connectedness Initiative will help plan and lead a pilot evidence-based program in the Palo Alto Unified School District and community that uses service-learning and social-emotional learning to improve youth connectedness. The Program Coordinator will work with other YCS staff to apply evidence-based strategies that help adolescents develop protective factors, such as positive perception of self, service to others, connectedness in school, and caring developmental relationships with peers and teachers. The Youth Connectedness Initiative will engage and coach peer leaders, along with school staff, parents and adult allies to implement strategies for improved social and emotional health in youth. Activities will include presentations with students in living skills classes and advisory periods, and with adults at PTA meetings and local community agencies. The Initiative will apply recommendations from the CDC Epi-Aid Report and youth development strategies from Project Cornerstone and the Search Institute to design programming and track outcomes.

During the summer, the YCS Youth Connectedness Coordinator will direct the YCS Summer of Service Program (June to August, 2018). The camp applies service-based learning strategies to engage youth in meaningful activities across the peninsula that build self-efficacy and connectedness.

This position reports to the YCS Service- and Social Emotional Learning Director.

Program Coordinator, Youth Connectedness Initiative (August, 2017 through May, 2018)
1. Work with the YCS Service- and Social Emotional Learning Director to develop and implement strategies that promote social and emotional health in youth, drawing from the Centers for Disease Control Epi-Aid recommendations, and strategies from Project Cornerstone and Search Institute.
2. Help lead monthly community meetings with youth, school staff, and community partners.
3. Convene a youth peer leadership team that will meet weekly and provide guidance on implementing service- and social emotional learning strategies in the district.
4. Engage parents, school staff, and community partners through one-on-one meetings, community meetings, and presentations in developing an action plan for increasing students’ sense of connectedness to their schools and their community.
5. Help lead a youth retreat on strengthening protective factors and connections through service and social-emotional learning.
6. Coordinate the planning and leading of meaningful service-learning projects.
7. Coordinate the planning and leading of workshops on service and social-emotional learning.
8. Write monthly progress reports.
9. Participate in quarterly advisory council conversations with youth leaders and school and community allies who work in related fields.

Summer of Service Director (June to August, 2018)

1. Serve as the Camp Director for the YCS Summer of Service and Palo Alto-based Freshmen Leadership Corps Camp. Recruit, hire, train and supervise a diverse summer staff of six young adults. Coordinate camper registration, classroom-to-classroom student recruitment, program planning, documentation and evaluation. Summer of Service and Freshmen Leadership Corps camp offers four two-week sessions for 35 students each, from June 12th through August 4th.
2. Help develop and enhance relationships with local non-profit organizations, and public service institutions to benefit program and participants.
3. Incorporate service-learning strategies into the camp curriculum.

– Bachelor’s Degree required.
– At least two years’ experience working in an educational or service-oriented setting with middle and/or high school students, and adult partners.
– Knowledge of social and emotional learning curriculum.
– Passionate commitment to community service, service-learning strategies and youth development.
– Comfortable with engaging adults – parents, school staff, community partners – in a variety of settings – workshops, focus groups, service projects – and the ability to cultivate and maintain successful collaborations.
– Excellent communication, written and organizational skills.
– Experience coaching and supporting program staff or volunteers.
– Enjoy working with diverse groups of students in a multicultural environment.
– Ability to work independently and as a team member.
– Ability to be flexible and positive in an intense, dynamic and sometimes-challenging work environment with pre-teens.
– Ability to exercise excellent judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to all constituents.
– Knowledge of Midpeninsula area preferred.

– Candidate must utilize own transportation for fieldwork (with mileage reimbursement).
– All YCS staff members are required to submit a copy of their automobile insurance, CA driver’s license and a clean DMV record.
– All YCS staff members are also required to submit results from a TB test and complete LifeScan fingerprint screening. YCS can arrange tests at no cost.

– Hours are 40 hours per week, with access to medical and dental benefits.
For more information about our organization, please visit
Compensation: $20-$23/hour DOE.

For more information about the position, or to submit your resume and cover letter, please contact Judy Dauberman at
Youth Community Service 705 Alester Ave. Room 4 Palo Alto, CA 94303 650-858-8019