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A Building for a Brighter Tomorrow

Help us make the Placerville Youth Center a state-of-the-art facility to serve youth in our region! We are expanding our facility to provide an additional 2,000 square feet to better address those who desperately need services. 
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What is the Placerville Youth Center?

The Placerville Youth Center is a key facility for youth engagement, development, and skill building. Designed for middle and high school youth, it provides a welcoming space where teens and preteens can gather, meet and create and implement their service learning projects. Youth of all backgrounds feel safe and accepted, and work collaboratively to serve those most in need in and around Placerville. 

Our Vision for the Future

Expanding our facility serves two critical objectives to magnify our impact in Placerville: 

(1) welcoming more youth to connect with each other and

(2) bringing community agency groups together to fulfill unmet needs.

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How you can help

Our goal is to raise $80,000 for this expansion project!  Donate to this project and help us serve the mission of the Placerville Youth Center expansion.

Did you know . . . 

In the recently published 2021 California Healthy Kids Survey, a much higher percentage of students in the El Dorado Union High School District are reporting 

  • 21% of students reported they do things that make a difference, down from 30% in 2019

  • 21% of youth reported they felt they helped decide school activities or rules, down from 22% in 2019

  • 44% of students reported feeling chronically hopeless or sad, up from 30% in 2019. 

  • 23% of students reported contemplating suicide, up from 20% in 2019

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The expanded space will provide: 

  • An improved Emergency Food Pantry that allows families to shop for themselves 

  • A permanent boutique for ASPIRE Outfitters, providing clothing for teens in crisis 

  • Meeting spaces for counseling and small groups provided by New Morning Youth and Family Services and others

  • Continued hosting of service learning projects for Hands4Hope youth


"This environment is what has allowed me to grow so much as a person since I began working with Hands4Hope. When I was younger, encouragement from older Hands4Hope leaders is what truly allowed me to become confident in myself, and it is so important to me that this is passed on to future Hands4Hope leaders."


~ Simone Caruthers

Hands4Hope Youth Board President, Ponderosa High School Senior

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A Building for a Brighter Tomorrow -
A Healthy and Safe Space For Youth

This is a collaboration between Dr. Reginald Rice, the building owner, and

Leonard Grado, CEO of Grado Construction, who will act as the project manager for this renovation.

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