The JCYC Educational Talent Search is a TRIO program that has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education since 1979. JCYC ETS 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. Our program is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow academically and personally.

Over the past 40 years, JCYC ETS has successfully assisted more than 55,000 students to graduate from middle and high school and gain acceptance into college.
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education awarded JCYC another Talent Search grant to serve 500 students 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 expanded services to 500 more San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students at Phillip and Sala Burton High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School located in the Southeast sector of San Francisco.


In 2000, JCYC implemented the San Francisco College Access Center, a state grant known as California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) funded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The goal of SFCAC is to identify, select, and assist low-income youth who have the potential to be the first generation of their family to continue in and graduate from high school and enroll in a 2 or 4-year university.
SFCAC's services focus on coordination, enhancement, and collaboration. We work closely with SFUSD, local universities, and community based organizations to deliver academic and financial aid advising for students in San Francisco. For the past five years, SFCAC is the primary workshop coordinator of Cash For College events throughout San Francisco and San Mateo counties.


In 1995, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a TRIO Upward Bound grant to the JCYC to serve students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

The JCYC Upward Bound program offers an academic year of services and an intensive six-week summer program that occurs at San Francisco State University and California State University East Bay. The UB program strives to create an educational and multicultural community of students with great potential who demonstrate a strong desire to acquire higher education. In addition, the UB program provides our students and staff with a sense of belonging, pride, and personal responsibility.
In 2012, JCYC successfully renewed its existing Upward Bound grant and also received a new second grant to serve 60 more SFSUD students at John O’Connell and Mission High Schools located.