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About YSP

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 attention to middle school students for a minimum of one year each. Mentors spend four hours a week visiting their mentee’s classes, working with them on homework after school, teaching civic responsibility and leadership through community service events, and providing 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 their individual needs.

1. Mentoring and Teaching with YSP

Volunteers can choose to either mentor or teach with YSP. Your choice will depend upon your motivations, availability, and experience working with youth.

Read more: 1. Mentoring and Teaching with YSP

2. Fill out an application!

We are currently looking for dedicated people who would like to become a volunteer mentor and/or teacher. Applications are accepted at the beginning of each semester (early applications OK).

Read more: 2. Fill out an application!

3. Enroll in the YSP Support Class (and Earn Units!)

New mentors and teachers must enroll in our support class.

Mentors meet: Wednesdays, 5-6pm, 41 Evans
Teachers meet: Tuesdays, 5-6pm, TBD

To receive units on Cal Central for YSP, contact program for NBR's. Make sure to select 1 unit for every 45 hours you plan to complete for the semester.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure to sign up for the right section or you will be enrolled with another instructor who will give you an NP.

Read more: 3. Enroll in the YSP Support Class (and Earn Units!)