Youth Development Services Program
Our Youth Development Services provides a continuum of care and nurturing relationships to equip young people with critical life skills. The Resilient Youth Striving for Excellence (RYSE) Afterschool Program and Peer Leadership Uniting Students (PLUS) Program provide services for at-risk and high-risk east San Jose youth impacted by substance abuse and gang activity. RYSE and Project PLUS increase developmental assets and life skills by emphasizing positive adult role models and peer influence, self-confidence, communication, healthy decision-making and leadership.
RYSE is a year round afterschool program that provides recreational activities, development of leadership and social skills, homework assistance and a multicultural curriculum taught through arts, crafts, workshops, field trips and guest speakers. The RYSE Program is offered to residents of the El Rancho Verde Apartment Complex in east San Jose.
Project PLUS is a 14-week long program that consists of group life skills sessions, one-on-one mentoring, a self-improvement project and a field trip. All services are provided on-site at school campuses (middle and high schools) during school hours.