California Community Partners for Youth

California Community Partners for Youth

CCPY provides comprehensive, school-site programs, outdoor adventure and education, community-building activities, mentoring, case management and academic assistance; all generating meaningful long-term relationships with caring, professional adults. We support youths to stay in school, believe in themselves and the future.

The ‘Step Up’ program works with incoming freshmen on-site at two of East San Jose’s high schools in the out-of-school hours when teens would otherwise be preyed upon by gangs. With multiple excursions into nature and around town, from summer camp ‘kickoff’ through the January wilderness retreat to the end of the academic school year, CCPY changes attitudes and possibilities through the critical 9th to 10th grade transition. Two other programs, ‘Step Ahead’, ‘and Step-Beyond/Alcanzar’-‘Enlace’ round out the full complement of CCPY programming. CCPY is popular, and an easy “sell” to incoming 9th graders, as upperclassmen who are program graduates enthusiastically serve as role models, tutors and wilderness partners to their younger peers. Their successes are contagious!

CCPY’s core program incorporates well recognized best practices such as:

  • Cornerstone Project/Search Institute, helping youth improve 30 of the 41 defined Developmental Assets for healthy growth and development.
  • San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, Action Coalition community plan, and Strategic Work Plan. The CCPY Executive Director currently serves on the Task Force Policy Team & Technical Team Western Division.
  • California Governor’s Mentoring Partnership, meeting and exceeding full requirements for all 10 Governor’s Mentoring Partnership Best Practices,
  • Citizen Crime Prevention Associates (CCPA) youth program assessment tools used by City of Oakland, City of San Jose, Counties of San Mateo/Santa Clara. CCPY was rated #1 on the Service Performance Index (SPI) score of all San Jose/Bay Area youth serving agencies;
  • Global Partners for Youth (GPY) best practice guidelines.

The information above can be found on the official website of California Community Partners for Youth. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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