YDSS is the home of both Youth Engagement Services and Foster Youth Services.
YDSS provides support to teachers and school site administrators in creating an environment conducive to the achievement of academic, as well as social-emotional, success for all students. Services are based upon the philosophy of building resiliency to assure that students successfully adapt in the face of adversity and develop social, academic, and vocational competence.
YDSS programs are built upon seven core values that, if present, can increase student engagement and success.
These building blocks are:
Out of school time opportunities;
Safe, engaging, youth-friendly climate;
Relationships with positive supportive adults;
Authentic youth voice;
Meaningful opportunity to serve;
Cultural relevance and celebrations;
Targeted prevention and intervention for all youth, including our highest-risk populations (foster, gang involved, sexually exploited, etc.).
The Youth Development department strives to assist schools in building capacity on site around these seven core values and leveraging additional resources and supports when necessary.