​Since 1979, JCYC Educational Talent Search (formerly known as AACE Talent Search) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education. JCYC ETS is a program that identifies, selects and assists low-income youth ages 11 and older that have the potential to be the first generation in their family to attend college. We support middle school and high school students to continue their education and encourage high school students and adults to enroll in a 4-year institution or postsecondary program. JCYC ETS is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow personally and academically.


School Sites: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Francisco Middle School, James Denman Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School (San Francisco), and Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School (Daly City)

JCYC ETS offers tutoring, presentations and field trips to help students learn about college and careers.

Preparing for High School: We help 8th grade students learn about high schools and complete high school applications.

Career Exploration Presentations: We provide presentations and activities about career awareness/exploration for 7th grade students to help them map out their career interests and goals.

Career Day: Different individuals representing traditional (such as nurses, lawyers) and nontraditional (such as actors, DJs) career fields visit JCYC ETS schools. They share their educational backgrounds and work experiences.

College Campus and Museum Field Trips: JCYC ETS takes students on fun and exciting trips to local and out-of-town colleges to learn about higher education. We also visit local museums, such as the Exploratorium and the Academy of Sciences.

Tutoring: Need help with your homework? Would you like to improve your grades? JCYC ETS is here to help you!

We offer FREE tutoring Monday through Thursdays; during class, lunchtime and after school!

Why participate in JCYC ETS tutoring? Finishing homework at school gives you more free time at home. A tutor can help you study for a test, improve your grades, and help you with topics you do not understand. Earn JCYC ETS points and cool prizes! Learn new and interesting things!

How to sign-up: See your JCYC ETS advisor to share your needs and interest in tutoring and to fill out a program application. Tutorial students must attend tutoring regularly and follow guidelines.

upcoming events

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  • Be age 11-27​
  • Enrolled in one of the following schools:
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
    • Francisco Middle School
    • James Denman Middle School
    • Roosevelt Middle School
    • Thomas R. Pollicita Middle 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 US Department of Education

frequently asked questions (FAQs)

​My student is not low-income or a citizen.  Can s/he still participate in JCYC ETS services? 
Yes!  All students who attend an JCYC ETS school are welcome to participate in tutoring, field trips, and presentations.

What is tutoring like?
Experienced tutors provide small group tutoring to students in a classroom setting to help youth develop academic skills.  Students can choose which days a week they attend tutoring and do not have to attend every day.

My student does not attend an JCYC ETS school.  Can s/he sign up for tutoring?
Unfortunately, we can only serve students who attend JCYC ETS schools.  We encourage you to visit www.sfkids.org or call 211 to learn about other possible tutoring programs.

Why do I have to fill out an JCYC ETS application?  Why do you ask for personal information?
All students who participate in JCYC ETS activities need to turn in an JCYC ETS application. JCYC ETS is funded by a federal government grant from the Department of Education.  They require that we collect this information from our students so we can prove our students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; report how many of our students could be the first in their families to attend college; and state how many of our students come from low-income families.  We do not look up students’ personal information or share it with any other organization or government agency.  All information is kept strictly confidential.  

If I fill out an JCYC ETS application, does my student have to attend tutoring?
No.  We encourage you and your student to choose the JCYC ETS services that s/he wants to participate in, such as tutoring, presentations, or field trips.