We create an out-of-school environment that is cross-cultural, fun, healthy, socially engaging, interactive, humorous, rigorous, challenging, promotes critical thinking and is accountable and respectful. Youth leaders and mentors significantly contribute to the positive dynamic. The youth who successfully complete the program are often eager to work with peer and younger youth to help them also become successful. See how to become a mentor HERE. See work sites HERE.


Leading the Change  

Leading the Change is a 2 day conference held at the OSU Extension Service for students grades 8-12 and college mentors. Within the conference, leadership students present different skillsets such as learning styles, past projects, and service-learning reflections. Several community partners take the time to come present separate programs, provide resources, and help exchange ideas.


Leading the Change Resources

Leading the Change Reflections


After School Programs (BASIC +More!)

BASIC is an after school opportunity for students looking to gain real-world knowledge and job experience with the help of 4-H Youth Development and OSU Extension Service. Within the class, students interact with community business leaders, become eligible for service-learning project incentives (including the Marion-Polk Food Share Youth Farm and Caretakers of the Environment International -CEI) Class graduates will be linked in to some potential internships and scholarships that are offered to college- bound participants. This class is for students, grades 8-12 and college mentors. Interested? Please email: dan.hoynacki@oregonstate.edu

 (BASIC will be hosted by the OSU Extension Service- YES every Wednesday after school, 3-6pm. Time and Dates TBA. The classes will be at the STRAUB Environmental Learning center next to North Salem High School.  All students who participant will be required to attend a minimum of 4 Saturdays of Service-Learning with YES.)

BASIC Outreach Materials


Youth Farm Partnership 

OSU Extension-YES hosts (12) dedicated Marion County students, ages 14-19, who are interested in the opportunity to work and learn a working farm model. Students work from March to Early September annually. Students have the opportunity to work with 4-H Youth Development and Marion-Polk Food Share both on site at the Youth Farm (located in Salem) and at the Farmer’s Market. Those who are accepted into the program are required to attend all work days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plus various shifts on Saturday depending on the Market Schedule) from 8am to 2pm, including an hour for lunch and breaks. Prior to April 1st, all participants are required to reach a minimum of 80 service-learning work hours which can be collected from various clubs and school activities. 20 of the required hours (1/3) are from working on the Youth Farm. Participant hours can be collected starting in March, 2 days per week.


Youth Farm Opportunity and Outreach

Youth Farm/Personal Service-Learning Hours Log


CEI and Application(s)

Caretakers of the Environment International is an international conference held in various countries each summer, hosted by top sustainability leaders for youth development. Within the OSU Extension Service –YES programs stands the Oregon Chapter of the USA Delegation. To participate and/or receive more information please contact Dan Hoynacki, the sustainable communities program coordinator. 3-8 students have the opportunity to travel abroad, if requirements are met.


CEI Application

Mentor Waiver and Application



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