Palo Alto Recreation Foundation (PARF)

The Palo Alto Recreation Foundation ( is a nonprofit organization that assists the City of Palo Alto Recreation Division in sponsoring and funding programs and special events to promote the social, cultural and recreational needs of Palo Alto residents and visitors to the city. The Foundation enhances youth, senior, family and neighborhood interactions, and promotes health and wellness throughout the Palo Alto community. Through collaborative efforts, the Foundation supports many programs that play an integral part in the well-being and success of Palo Alto's youth.

The Palo Alto Recreation Foundation (PARF) is proud to support local youth in Palo Alto and in the neighboring communities of East Palo Alto and Redwood City. These are some of the programs we fund.

Middle School Athletics

The City of Palo Alto sponsors a Middle School Athletics program at the three middle schools. PARF's contribution provides not only equipment and uniforms, but also funds the fee reduction program, which enables app. 100 children to participate who otherwise could not afford to do so. Melissa Murray, MSA coordinator wrote us:

"Without your support, this program would struggle financially and many students would not be able to participate in such an important athletic program. It is so wonderful to know that we have such a strong advocate for an important program here in Palo Alto"

Project Safety Net

Project Safety Net was formed as a joint effort between the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto School District and local agencies. Its mission is to develop and implement a community-based mental health pan for overall youth well-being. PARF?s contribution provided funding for the City?s contribution, including support for suicide prevention and social / emotional health strategies. Examples include "Gatekeeper" training and 41 Developmental Assets training and support materials.

Palo Alto Youth Forum

The City of Palo Alto recreation division, in collaboration with the YMCA, YCS, PAUSD, PAMF and other non-profit partners, hosts a high school youth forum to promote positive relationships and asset building. PARF's contribution enabled the City to continue to provide this important service to the community?s youth

Youth Community Service

YCS programs engage youth in community service activities that promote increased awareness of the needs of their communities and positive emotional and behavioral health. They work not only with Palo Alto students, but also those in East Palo Alto and Redwood City. PARF funds the YCS Summer of Service Program, which enables these students to develop leadership skills while helping out in their communities. We also fund the 180 Degrees Program, which helps youth in East Palo Alto and Redwood City enhance their lives by accepting personal accountability and achieving their full potential.

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PIE)

Palo Alto Partners in Education Palo Alto Partners in Education ( is committed to sustaining a community tradition of extraordinary education. As our community's partner we want to ensure that every child, at every PAUSD school, in every year, has access to the classes, teaching and tools that he or she needs to succeed. Whether for reading, art, science or math for elementary school; or for electives, technology, libraries or counseling for secondary school, Palo Alto Partners in Education provides much-needed resources for students throughout the Palo Alto school district

Last year, Palo Alto Partners in Education provided funding for vital technology needs, reduced class sizes, valued staff and programs, supplemental instructional materials, elective offerings, and library materials and staff. This year, proceeds from the Ball will continue to help fund vital educational needs. Palo Alto Partners in Education relies on the generous support of the community to help our schools maintain excellence by meeting classroom needs unfunded by other means. It is committed to building a true public/private partnership to provide a significant, stable source of funding for the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Youth Community Service

By developing service and leadership opportunities for young people and service-learning support for educators, Youth Community Service (YCS) promotes the ethic of service, fosters youth leadership, builds community, and enhances education. YCS offers numerous one-time community service days and events, as well as ongoing after-school service clubs for hundreds of middle and high school students in the Palo Alto, Ravenswood and Sequoia school districts in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. YCS also offers the multi-district YCS Fellows high school leadership group, and Freshmen Leadership Corps for East Palo Alto and Redwood City students at Menlo-Atherton and Carlmont High Schools. YCS also offers an intensive Summer of Service program with daily service-learning trips to local sites.

Local educators also benefit from YCS coaching and curriculum materials to engage K-12 students through active service-learning strategies. For additional information about YCS programs, see their website at or the YCS Facebook page.