JCYC Educational Talent Search (formerly known as AACE Talent Search) is an Educational Talent Search TRIO program that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 1979. Over the past 36 years, JCYC ETS has successfully assisted more than 55,000 students to graduate from middle and high school and gain acceptance into college. Our mission is to identify, select and assist low-income youth who have the potential to be the first generation of their family to graduate from high school and enroll in a four-year college or university. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education awarded JCYC Educational Talent Search another Talent Search grant to serve 600 youth in Daly City and the surrounding San Mateo County area.

In August 2016, JCYC successfully renewed its two existing Educational Talent Search grants and also received a new third grant.
This newest grant will expand services to 500 more SFUSD students in the Southeast sector of San Francisco by targetting Phillip and Sala Burton High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Academic middle school.

Traditionally, the majority of Talent Search programs throughout the nation have been housed on university and college campuses. JCYC ETS has the unique distinction of being one of the few Talent Search programs to be located at a non-profit, community-based organization (CBO).

High School Sites:
  • Balboa High School
  • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • Jefferson High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School


  • Be age 11-27
  • Enrolled in one of the following schools:
    • Balboa High School
    • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
    • Jefferson High School
    • George Washington High School
    • ​Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a first generation college bound student (a student whose parents did not complete a BA or BS in the U.S.) and/or the student’s family income meets the low-income requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education

Upcoming Events

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Advising and College Preparation: Information about high school graduation and college admission requirements, personalized college exploration guidance, and finding the best college fit.

College Application Assistance: Personal and group college application workshops during college application season (August-January).

Financial Aid Information and Advising: College affordability presentations, financial aid application workshops, scholarship and loan advising, and financial aid award package review sessions.

Personal Statement & Writing Workshops: College and scholarship essay writing development based on UC and private school college admission standards.

Information and Assistance with College Entrance Exams: Guidance on which college entrance exams to take (SAT I, SAT II, ACT, TOEFL, ELM/EPT). If eligible, fee waivers are available for the registration costs.

College Campus Tours: College exploration opportunities via trips to local and out-of-town colleges and universities

Bilingual Services: Services and reading materials are available in Spanish and Chinese.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for JCYC Educational Talent Search?
Please refer to the Eligibility section of this page.

How long will I be considered an JCYC Educational Talent Search student?
After a student submits their completed JCYC ETS application, s/he will be considered part of the program until s/he graduates from high school.

Where does JCYC Educational Talent Search meet?
Students usually meet with their Educational Advisors at the College Center at their high school. 

When can I join JCYC Educational Talent Search?
A student can join JCYC ETS any year they are in high school (9th-12th grade), as long as s/he is enrolled in one of our high schools. However, we encourage students to join as soon as they enter their 9th grade year so they can fully utilize all the services provided by JCYC ETS.