EPABC is currently looking for funding to expand into a full-service youth center. Through the youth center, we’ll provide mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in and around East Palo Alto. The program will form partnerships with local school districts and parents’ groups to establish after-school programs that will focus on education, exercise, citizenship, and personal responsibility. EPABC’s goal is to create a safe and welcoming space in which young people can develop lasting friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and a real commitment to learning of all sorts.
Through difficulties in the classroom and the challenges that come with living in a community with a high crime rate, many young people in EPA can faith in the possibilities that await them and find easy outs in gangs and drugs. Our goal is to help them to make better choices and to support them along the way.
EPABC’s mentoring programs will bring volunteer mentors to the center to tutor middle and high school students. There will be assistance with STEM and humanities courses. There will also be sports-related education, mostly tied to science and boxing (physics, kinesiology, sports medicine, etc.). We will also offer group counseling sessions, to help youth build self-esteem and stay on the path that they’ve chosen. Mentors will receive continuous training and will participate in monthly meetings to report on student progress.