Talent Search

Since 1979, Educational Talent Search (ETS) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.
ETS is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow personally and academically.
1. Providing academic and advising services at school sites and in the community.
2. Serving all students without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religious creed, national origin, age and economic status.
3. Assisting and acting as resource to all who are interested in continuing their education.
4. Collaborating with the JCYC College Access programs to sponsor events, develop staff training and assess our programs.
5. To provide bilingual services and program materials in Spanish and Chinese to our participants and their families.

JCYC Upward Bound

JCYC Upward Bound Program strives to create a harmonious, multicultural, educational community of students with great potential who demonstrate a strong desire to acquire higher education. JCYC Upward Bound program provides our students and staff with a sense of belonging, pride, and personal responsibility; a deep commitment to give back to the larger community. Our educational community provides curriculum opportunities for academic accomplishment, for self-governance, for individual and group empowerment as well as for personal and cultural growth.

JCYC Upward Bound is a year-round program that provides fundamental support and educational services to high school students as they prepare for higher education. The program provides opportunities for student participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate of low income and/or first generation college bound students enrolling in post-secondary education, as well as graduating from a post-secondary institution. Throughout the Upward Bound program, students will have the opportunity to participate in many educational activities related to their college readiness.

SF College Access Center

The San Francisco College Access Center (SFCAC) strives to provide culturally competent comprehensive college preparation information and assistance. SF College Access Center program targets students who are low-income and the first of their family to attend post-secondary educational programs.

The SF College Access Center is a state funded program known as the California Student Opportunity and Access program (Cal-SOAP). Our services focus on coordination, enhancement, and collaboration. We work closely with local school districts and higher education institutions to provide students from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds the college access and financial aid information they need to enroll into college. Since 2001, SFCAC has been an education program administered through the Japanese Community Youth Council, who also acts as its fiscal agent.