The Youth Support Program (YSP) at Willard Middle School uses a unique approach to youth support found nowhere else in the Bay Area.
Only seven blocks from the UC Berkeley campus, the program recruits and trains Cal students to provide one-on-one and group support to middle school students. As positive role models, mentors provide mentees with one-on-one support and guidance through tutoring, counseling, and participation in after-school activities. Teachers provide extra support to groups of students in math and English courses outside of the traditional classroom setting. Both mentors and teachers teach civic responsibility and leadership to YSP students through community service events and provide cultural arts education through program events and our partnership with CATS, the Community Access Ticket Service.
Together, these activities engage students in school and work to improve student performance and behavior in a way that meets individual needs.