Nonprofit Youth Community Service Announces New Executive Director | New

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From left, Palo Alto High School freshmen Ben Rotblatt, Jeremy Revlock and Yerem Istanboulian line up street number stencils before painting the number on the sidewalk of a house in Midtown May 22, 2012. The work was part of their service through youth community service. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Palo Alto resident Mora Oommen began serving as executive director of youth community service on July 1. Courtesy of Youth Community Service.

Youth Community Service, a nonprofit organization founded 30 years ago to provide student volunteer opportunities through school service clubs in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, has named Mora Oommen as its new director. executive on July 1.

“As we face both a global health pandemic and a national reckoning with structural racial injustices, our young people will lead the way in shaping and imagining the world anew. As Executive Director, I am honored to learn and grow with them,” Oommen told this news agency in a statement.

Oommen previously served as executive director of Blossom Birth & Family, a center that supports new families and future families, from 2008 to 2017. She is a founding member of the Doula Volunteer Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and has served on the boards of administration of the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation. , Mother’s Symposium, California Avenue Area Business Association and Castilleja School Association.

She holds a BA from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an MA from the Institute of Education at University College of London. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter.

Leif Erickson, who led the Palo Alto-based organization for the past 16 years, will work alongside Oommen during the transition. He will remain involved in the association as a member of the board of directors.

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