Seeds of Hope is the compassionate and charitable expression of the YCIS schools.
Through Seeds of Hope we aim to cultivate in our students, teachers, parents, and staff:
Gratitude leading to empathy that produces engagement!
The Seeds of Hope charity was originally born out of the overwhelming tragedy of the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. YCIS responded by raising more than $200,000 to rebuild the Minzhu Primary School that had collapsed there. Building on that effort, the Seeds of Hope charity continued to invest its fundraising efforts through 2017 toward building libraries, teaching buildings, and sporting facilities for schools in need across China. Seeds of Hope “Sister Schools” were established in Shandong, Anhui, Hebei, Guangdong, and Sichuan provinces as well as outside the cities of Shanghai and Chongqing.
In 2017 Seeds of Hope expanded to encompass all areas of charity, fundraising, and social justice engaged in at our YCIS campuses. Through Seeds of Hope we can see lives changed and communities transformed wherever our YCIS schools are engaged.
With our ongoing commitment to education, Seeds of Hope is also partnering with Kids International Ministries in the Philippines to build a high school for an impoverished area outside Manila. Through the purchasing of land and construction of a school, the YCIS community will be able to bring seeds of educational hope to a community in need.
YCIS Silicon Valley students have raised funds for Seeds of Hope through our annual Founder’s Day walk-a-thon and have sent musicians to participate in the international student orchestra for the annual system-wide Seeds of Hope Charity Gala in Asia. YCIS students regularly engage in service projects in our local community such as raising funds for fire victims, collecting foods for Second Harvest, making and serving meals for the homeless and sewing blankets with residents of a senior center. Most recently, a group of 4th grade students wanting to help victims of Hurricane Harvey initiated a school bake sale fundraiser for families of the Mandarin Immersion School in Houston affected by the hurricane, collecting over $1,000.