YMCA Project Cornerstone is a community initiative with the mission to create an environment where adults support and value all youth so they grow up feeling valued, respected, and known.

For over 20 years, Project Cornerstone has understood that the growth and development of children is largely influenced by their families and communities. They believe that in order to fulfill their mission of ensuring all youth in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected, and known they must engage the caring adults in their lives, foster the development of social and emotional competency in youth, and support the establishment of healthy relationships between adults and children.

Their programs and services have made the following impact by reaching:

  • School partners and educators whose training in the Search Institute's Developmental Assets model foster caring and inclusive school environments

  • Caring adults whose participation in our workshops increase their understanding of and commitment to youth

  • Parent volunteers who become more involved in their child's school and gain leadership skills by delivering our programs for pre-K through 8th grade youth

Most importantly, they reach tens of thousands of youth each year who experience healthy Developmental Relationships with caring adults, while discovering who they are, how to cultivate abilities and strengths to shape their own lives, and learning how to engage with and contribute to the world around them. For more information please visit their website by clicking HERE.

Laurelwood Elementary is a proud partner of Project Cornerstone. Volunteers are needed to bring the engaging content into each classroom. For more information about about volunteering, please contact Miaojun Wang at