The Youth Support Program (YSP) is a unique mentoring and enrichment class program that recruits and trains UC Berkeley volunteers to serve as mentors and teachers to students at Willard Middle School.
Our rigorous standards make YSP a model mentoring program at the National Level.
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.