YPR Program Curriculum

Program Summary

The Y-PR program provides a work-based, service learning experience with youth and young professionals by working with area corporations and organizations seeking integrated communications assistance. YPR differs from community service in that the chosen activity integrates with the school’s academic curriculum and content, which allows students to reflect on their service experiences after they complete them while working side-by-side with professionals.

Program Rationale

According to the Greater Good Science Center — an institute at the University of California, Berkeley that sponsors research on social and emotional well-being — people who perform charitable acts increase their own happiness, making participation in a service-learning project a win- win. The Y-PR work and service learning requires students to use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs, according to the National Youth Leadership Council.

YPR is a 4-Part Program: