Inspire Students

Kids in Garden

Today’s youth must navigate not only the “real world,” but also the “virtual world.” Now more than ever they need support in developing socio-emotional skills.

Programs like Outdoor Education and Season of Service - Period of Peace SUPPORT our student’s emotional, social and physical development; ensuring they graduate as confident, aware and compassionate young adults.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is a transformative experience for elementary students. In outdoor education programs, kids have the opportunity to get hands-on practice putting scientific research principals into action and it provides a stage for youth to creatively share their fears, challenges and aspirations.

We believe that all of the children in the SLUSD should be able to experience programs such as Outdoor Education.

For 2017-18 SLED is providing all elementary schools with funding to help support outdoor education.

Outdoor Education

SLED supports Season of service, period of Peace, a ten- week long school-wide non- violence program, credited with reducing incidents of violence at the high school by 50%.

The Season of Service attempts to both empower and be transformative as it gives students a forum for their voices; a stage for their actions. It is aligned with San Leandro Unified’s Student Health & Wellness Center’s youth empowerment model: a process oriented, educational movement, guided by passion and principle, to help students develop consciousness of freedom, and connect knowledge to power and the ability to take constructive action.

The Season of Service has been a part of a series of non-violence activities at San Leandro High for the past seven years and has become the cornerstone to the school’s violence prevention program. Additional examples of student projects can be viewed at

For Teachers:

Need funding for your SOSPOP Project? Fill out the SOSPOP Grant Request Form here.

Looking to start a SOSPOP Project? Fill out the SOSPOP Participation Form here.

Youth Opportunity Scholarships

Bancroft and John Muir Middle School Students

San Leandro Education Foundation is excited to partner with the Youth Opportunity Scholarship program! This program is supported by a San Francisco-based family foundation that is interested in giving San Francisco and Oakland youth opportunities to develop and follow their passions.

What is the Youth Opportunity Scholarships program about?

The goal of the program is to help students pursue their passion. Students can apply for scholarships of up to $250 to pay for extracurricular activities of their choosing. Students should dream big and decide what they want to learn. Students can renew their scholarships one time for the same activity. Each student is eligible to receive a total of $500 in scholarship funds that pay for service fees, nothing else.

Who can apply?

Students in 6th-8th grade entering or attending Bancroft and John Muir Middle Schools. 5th graders may apply for summer camp in the spring or summer before entering the 6th grade, and 8th graders may apply during the summer before 9th grade.

What activities can I apply for?

Whatever you are excited about! Students can apply for scholarships to cover the cost of any program or activity that they would like to pursue. In the past, students have used the money for dance classes, music lessons, sports teams, creative arts courses, outdoor activities, and more.

A resource list of sample activities is provided, but students can apply for activities not included on the list. Please note: Checks are only issued to businesses or organizations. They cannot be made out to individuals. Please research the activity to ensure that the check can be made out to a business/organization.

How do I apply?

There are two parts to the application:
Part 1. The application form. The application form is where the student lists information about themselves, the activity they want to do, and information about their adult contact. The adult contact can be anyone (parent/guardian, sibling, counselor, etc.) who is willing to ensure regular attendance and coordinate transportation to/from the activity for the student. However, a parent/guardian signature is required on all applications.

Part 2. The personal essay. The essay is an essential part of the application. Students must write or type an essay that addresses each of the questions listed on the application form. Students can also include video, artwork, photos, or other items to illustrate their answers further.

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications can be completed online using this link: Youth Opportunity Scholarship Application

Please contact a parent facilitator for help with the application.
  • Jasmine Vega, Parent Facilitator, John Muir (
  • Joanna Garcia, Parent Facilitator, Bancroft MS (
  • SLED (

More information can be found on the full FAQ

San Leandro High School Alumni

Paid summer work experience at Ghirardelli for San Leandro High School Alumni entering their junior or senior year in college!

For the eight year, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to invite talented undergraduates entering their junior or senior year to apply for challenging, hands-on experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry. This paid, seven-week summer work experience runs June 14 - July 29, 2021.

For more information, please read our Summer Work Experience Letter.
For details on the jobs available please read the Job Descriptions

In 2012, Ghirardelli announced a generous financial partnership with the San Leandro Education Foundation’s SLED100 campaign, along with a commitment to launch a summer work experience program for San Leandro High School alumni currently attending a four-­‐year college. In 2014, the program was piloted with five SLHS alumni and it has been a great success every year since. Ghirardelli is once again offering the program in 2018 and SLED is reaching out to former San Leandro Scholarship Foundation recipients to inform them of this unique opportunity.

The summer work experience will combine meaningful on the job work experience along with other activities such as interview skills training, chocolate school, and more. Ghirardelli is hiring a total of 6 individuals this year, four at our corporate location in San Leandro supporting our Information Technology, Research & Development, or Human Resources departments, and two supporting our stores out in the field in Sales Merchandising in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. This is a paid work experience at $18/hour, Monday through Thursday for 29 hours per week.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a resume AND brief cover letter (not in the body of an email) indicating the area(s) in which he/she would like to work and why. (No more than 250 words.) Applicants must be sure to include all current contact information including: name, address, phone number, and email address as well as the year they graduated from San Leandro High.

Ghirardelli will be accepting four hires for the 2021 summer work experience program. Questions or comments should be sent to Please submit your cover letter and resume at

Summaries of each position can be found Here . The deadline to receive all applications is May 3rd, 2021. If your application is selected, you will be contacted for an interview in early May or sooner.