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YEP "I Make a Difference" Awards

The I Make a Difference Award recognizes YEP staff who demonstrate exemplary work in action, creating quality experiences for students in YEP Expanded Learning spaces. 

  • This recognition is grounded in the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs established by the California Department of Education.

  • All YEP staff can nominate a YEP team member who exemplifies an Expanded Learning Program Quality Standard. 

  • Each month, from September to May, YEP Management will review the nominations and select a Site Lead, Program Leader, or site team, to be recognized with the  “I Make a Difference Award”.

  • The deadline for nominations is the 20th of each month for the next month’s selection.

The nomination form can be accessed HERE.

February 2024

Active and Engaged Learning

Brianna Carbajal 
Schafer Park Program Leader

Brianna Carbajal

Brianna always has an engaging and interesting learning component as part of her enrichment activities with her TK and Kinder students. Using resources like YouTube, to introduce concepts or lessons for the day, she keeps her students interested and actively participating.

Safe and Supportive Environments

Emily Santos
MLK Program Leader

Emily Santos

Emily has a good relationship with her team members and student, and she is steadily taking on leadership roles to support her Site Lead when needed. She holds students to a higher standard and knows how to handle multiple tasks. Emily is also very funny, easy going, and a hard worker.

Collaborative Partnerships

Ryan Brown
Eden Gardens Op Sup

Ryan Brown

Ryan organizes and schedules all of the contracted services providing activites at all elementary sites. He has created a guide that is easy to follow and stream lines the process for community partners to rotate from site to site, making it a positive experience for all site leads and our partners.