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Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning

The Gardner Center initiated YELL in 2000 as a nine month after school pilot-program that trained 15 eighth grade students as community researchers, advisors, and socially conscious leaders. With Gardner Center program staff, embedded researchers, school and community partners, and youth themselves contributing to program development, YELL expanded to include 350 middle school and high school youth in two Bay Area communities over the next six years. In 2006, the Gardner Center transitioned YELL program leadership to schools and community based organizations in Redwood City and West Oakland. While the Gardner Center no longer runs YELL programs directly, the Gardner Center embeds the YELL approach and curriculum in many of its community-based projects.

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