Bay Area high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who want to continue to develop their leadership skills and gain service experience.
A one-year leadership and service-focused program that starts with a 12-day expedition including rock climbing, backpacking, camping, navigation and a unique solo experience. The program continues with monthly service projects led by the Youth Leadership Corps students.
The expedition will take place in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. The school year service projects and meetings will take place in the Bay Area.
Orientation: May 5th, 2019 Expedition: July 30 - Aug 10, 2019 Service Projects and Meetings: The second Sunday of every month from September 2019 through April 2020. Graduation: May 3rd, 2020
What is the application process for Youth Leadership Corps (YLC)?
All potential students will need to submit a completed application, this includes:
A Letter of Intent
A Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or mentor (ex. College Advisor, Manager at work, Teacher, Youth Group Mentor).
If selected, we will schedule an in-person interview at our offices in the Presidio of San Francisco. After the initial interview, we will reach out to give you a final answer by Friday, April 19th, 2019
Do you need previous backpacking experience to be accepted into the YLC program?
NO, you don’t need previous experience. Just a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and challenge yourself!
What are the merits of an applicant?
Past applicants have shown creative project ideas, dedication to building community, excellent organizational skills, timely communication, and a willingness to push themselves.
What are the criteria for completing the program?
The requirements are as follows:
Attend orientation first Sunday in May
Complete 12-day wilderness portion in the High Sierra's
Help plan and implement a service project for the group to participate in.
Have no more than 1 excused absence from a project (make- up service hours available)
What types of organizations does OBCA partner with?
The YLC instructors and mentors work with students to help them develop their understanding of what makes an effective leader by teaching SMART goal setting, collaboration, commitment to service, and problem-solving. We do this by providing opportunities to experience real-life situations that force us to rely on each other and practice assessment of a given situation.
How is a typical service project planned?
Service day projects are planned and designed by students in small groups (2-3 students). This group will pick a project to support. Every project will consist of a Tone Set, Service Project, and a Reflection. Outward Bound California offers rides from our SF location or from an east bay BART location as needed.
How long does it take to find a project to do?
It is our recommendation that all YLC students start on their project in September. On average, successful projects take about 2 months to plan. Outward Bound organizes the first service project in October so that students have plenty of time to plan ahead.
What does a typical service day look like?
Every service day will consist of the theme for the day, an organization location to work with, an intention for the group to focus on and finally a discussion topic at the end of the service day.
Will food be provided on service days?
Yes, Outward Bound California provides lunch on programs that occur during lunch time. If a project is in the afternoon, snacks will be provided and students will be asked to come having already eaten lunch.
How many days of Service do we do?
We mee once a month from September- May. Each month we complete a service project EXCEPT for the following months:
September- Instead we will focus on Professional Development and Planning Meeting
January- Instead we will have 1 overnight camping trip in the Bay Area
May - Instead we will hold Graduation from the program.
Can a service day be anywhere in the Bay Area?
YES! Students work together to reach out to organizations around the Bay Area. We try to stick to areas easily accessible by public transit, but Outward Bound California can support with transportation if needed (ie Coastal locations, State Parks, etc)
How will I get to service projects?
Outward Bound California will be able to offer rides from our SF base in the Presidio. Most projects are close to major public transit lines for better access for students around the Bay Area. If you have concerns about access to transportation, let us know and we can work with you to make sure your transportation needs are considered.
What happens if you miss a project?
Makeup service hours will be required to meet the attendance policy.
However, we understand that life happens. If you need to miss a project for an extraneous circumstance, you’ll be responsible for notifying the YLC Coordinator prior to the project.
To encourage students to plan accordingly we send out the schedule of project dates during orientation in May.
What future opportunities will I have after this program?
Outward Bound California has a number of events throughout the year that you may be invited to come and talk about the program with donors and friends of our community. Every student receives a letter of recommendation from Outward Bound California which students have used in college and job applications. You’ll be a part of a larger alumni network to share ideas with and seek mentorship from each other.
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