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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Media & Communications, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Youth Speak Collective (YSC), is a youth-driven initiative empowering low-income communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: Discovery prep afterschool program youth speak collective (ysc) began operating an afterschool program for discovery prep charter school in 2007. Ysc offers a comprehensive afterschool program to high school students that helps develop students into responsible, educated and employable adults by engaging them in educational afterschool activities. The afterschool program operates monday-friday during the afterschool and evening hours,engaging students in educational, creative, athletic and community development activities.

creative tech center the creative tech center is a space where youth and the community build their computer literacy through innovative project based learning curricula and student driven projects. One of the programs is the mural design program, designed to teach participant basic art and urban design concepts. Ysc also provides training in internet broadband technology as well as basic computer skills for at-risk youth and low income families in pacoima. Our studio programs engage students in learning by offering free classes in graphic design, web design, digital photography and video production. The creative tech center is a full access computer lab and meeting space that is open to the community.

youth council program the youth council is a youth empowerment program where youth identify, document and analyze problems in their community that they would like to address through community development projects. Currently ysc runs four youth council groups at local middle and high schools in the northeast san fernando valley. What makes ysc special is that it does not create programs for youth, it gives youth the opportunity to create programs for themselves. Youth act as planners and stakeholders in all programs and in the process they acquire new competencies and find a positive sense of self-worth, purpose and identity.

otjher activities aimed at youth in the northeast san fernando valley.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

My child was really board. And there's only a few students most of time, when i called to get feed back i thought something would change but my child said it was the same boring activities. I'm only writing now because my daughter shared with me what she learned in regards to youth development. My child is at Berkley and she shares this company is disservice to youth of color.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many youth never get a voice to share what they would like to change in their communities. Youth Speak Collective offers youth in the Northeast San Fernando Valley that voice. Their for youth by youth philosophy, really makes them stand out amongst other organizations that offer at - risk youth programs. They are the only organization in this region that offer youth a chance to become engaged in their community and provide them with an outlook to a successful future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Speak is a great organization serving students in the Valley, with a mission not only to educate but empower students to design and implement that best serves their peers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Youth Speak Collective is an outstanding organization filled with great staff, innovative programs and resilient youth. I would highly recommend them as a partner, funder and friend. They have been nothing but collaborative and results focused in their work and have great leadership.

Miguel S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Youth Speak has been a part of my life these last four years including many other youth. At a difficult time of my life, I found an opportunity that shaped who I am today. I am a Youth Speak Collective board member. Youth Speak has one student board member and I am proudly that student. Meeting with councilmen and directors of other schools has really sculptured my personality and influenced my world views. In addition, I work as a Youth Council leader, mentor, and adviser to the freshman class. I've grown and risked failure but in doing so conquered some of my greatest fears, transforming them into strengths. From climbing the rocks of Stony Point, to the Aids Walk of Los Angeles, I've stuck my head out of every door Youth Speak opens to explore new worlds.

Dario K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids and teens in the North East San Fernando Valley area like Pacoima are often ignored or forgotten by the general public. Most Los Angelinos know of the at-risk youth problem in East LA and South LA and there are initiatives set up to support that need, but in Pacoima there is really only one program directly attacking the problem... Youth Speak Collective. YSC is extremely effective in helping at risk youth do what other kids take for granted.. finishing high school, going to college, or just staying our of gangs and jail. But these are almost everyday issues the youth of the North East San Fernando Valley face daily, and YSC's programs tackle them by responding to what the youth themselves want and need. The youth wanted a Futbolito program. Got it! They wanted a community garden to grow and share actual crops... Got it! They wanted and needed after school programs like SAT aid or tutoring... YSC delivers it everyday! They even got one of the best art and media youth programs... Youth Speak Collective has their finger on the pulse of what these kids need to succeed in some of the worst city areas and YSC does it effectively.

Ana U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YouthSpeak Collective is an amazing organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of youth residing in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. A community known for gang life, poverty, high drop out rates and more bad than good, YSC does wonderful work giving the youth a SAFE SPACE to come and evolve into productive members of society. The staff and volunteers do marvelous work engaging and building long lasting relationships with the youth that forever change their lives. I have no doubt in my mind that YSC will continue to grow.

Jacqueline6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, Youth speak has honestly changed my life for the better. I thank god for such great people like david, mayra , andrea, jash , kim , melissa just eveyone who has made this organization possible. They've made my life better, I love volunteering. The staff the stories the friends just everything they make it feel like you belong somewhere , youre not an outsider. They make me feel like Im part of a huge family. They give you advice and help you out in any problem you have :) . Plus, They have great programs like youth speak collective where we help our community and our enviroment. Youth Speak Is just a life changing experience

Ron_6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great mission. Strong leadership. Innovative programs. Youth driven. Transforming Los Angeles. What more could you ask for?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Youth Speak Collective embodies the heart and future of Los Angeles. A place where we can come together and create the social change that young people so eloquently convey. Thank you for keeping me inspired.