Hidden Villa's Youth Development programs equip San Francisco Bay Area youth with tools to become agents of change in their community. By engaging in activities that emphasize respect, empathy, stewardship, critical-thinking, and community engagement, we empower youth to practice these skills in their own lives.
Bay Area schools and organizations serving at-risk and low-income populations seek resources for their students' social and emotional development. Due to limited school funding, students and teachers benefit from scholarships that enable fieldtrips to Hidden Villa for Youth Development programming. Youth who attend these programs find a deeper understanding of their connection to the environment and others as well as a sense of empowerment that they can be change-makers in their communities.
At Hidden Villa's 1600-acre farm and wilderness area, youth engage in hands-on learning, identity exploration, empathy training, service learning, and community building. Our programs support youth in self-reflection that builds their confidence and resilience. "Watching our students brave their fears is inspiring as an educator. To watch them do it together is even better." (Teacher '17) "If I have children of my own I will teach them the life skills I learned here." (Student '17)
In Fiscal Year 2017, the Youth Development department served 1441 youth in 60 programs. As more youth participate in our programs each year, we seek to continue supporting them in becoming leaders and advocates for change while understanding their own position within their community. Through our scholarships, we are able to create an inclusive and equitable program. Students leave our programs equipped with the ability to live a just and sustainable life, contributing to a better future for all.