826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen when trained tutors work one-on-one with students and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. We offer a range of programs, all free of charge, for students, classrooms, and schools in the Bay Area.
A Better Chance – National *
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.
Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC)
The Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC), founded in 1973, is devoted to promoting Arab art and culture and enriching the lives of the Arab American community. The Arab Cultural and Community Center's Youth Program concentrates on both academic empowerment and cultural enrichment activities. We provide Arab American youth, ages 6-18, with after-school homework assistance; special attention is given to students with limited English language competency. Cultural activities include youth events held at the ACCC, monthly health awareness workshops and after-school cultural clubs at high schools. The ACCC also provides trainings and workshops designed to increase awareness and understanding of the Arab Culture.
Back on Track
Back on Track promotes academic achievement for San Francisco’s under-served children. We believe that academic performance is dependent on fostering confidence and stability with our students. Our main goal is to enable students to thrive in school and show a commitment to learning. Back on Track offers: pre-college academic coursework, mentoring, and enrichment activities for students in grades K-12.
Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI)
At BLCI we believe all students should have access to higher education, not limited by culture or status, resulting in a thriving community and a better world. We pursue this vision by providing comprehensive college-prep afterschool programs for local disadvantaged students and their families starting in elementary school and continuing until college graduation.
Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)
Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) is a science role model volunteer program for public elementary schools in the East Bay. The goals of BASIS are to connect a diverse range of scientist volunteers to elementary and middle school students and teachers, to inspire students with examples of real-world science careers and issues, to engage students in hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences, and to create effective teaching links between scientists and public elementary schools.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
Breakthrough San Francisco
We provide a six-year, tuition free, year-round, academically rigorous study skills enrichment program that provides a pathway to college for middle and high school students. In the summer, middle school students attend a six-week academic program taught by high school and college students aspiring to be teachers. During the school year, the program continues two Saturdays a month, with a curriculum concentrating on academic areas that foster a lifelong love of learning. After the middle school component, students continue into the high school College Prep program.
Community Youth Center (CYC)
Originally founded to address the problems of juvenile delinquency and gang violence in Chinatown, CYC has grown to encompass behavioral health, education, intervention, leadership development, street outreach and workforce development in all our programs. We offer services directed at responding to the complex set of issues the youth in our community face including acculturation, difficulties in school, economic hardship, substance abuse, and gang involvement. Our educational enrichment, leadership building, and job-readiness programs have earned CYC a unique reputation as a key agency for Asian youth services in San Francisco.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run of the Bay Area provides an innovative running program for girls ages 8 to 13 that uses experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal skills. The program culminates in a non-competitive community running event that gives the girls a chance to shine. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area offers 10-week programs during the fall and spring seasons.
"I Have A Dream" Foundation – National
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.
Jamestown Community Center
We serve over 600 youth and their families with a full array of high-quality programs. We offer youth the opportunity to participate in Jamestown year after year, from age 0 to 18. To deepen their engagement, youth are encouraged to join more than one Jamestown program. Programing focused on academic enrichment, sports, leadership, employment, and counseling.
Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
The mission of JCYC is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multi-cultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. We provide a comprehensive continuum of care from preschool to college and empower young people to realize their full potential to ensure that they have the resources and support necessary to grow into healthy, responsible adults. Programming includes academic enrichment, summer employment, leadership building, and more.
Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization that increases the number of students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. Mission Graduates offers a wide range of K-12 after-school, in-school and summer programs that reach over 1,100 children, youth and families each year.
Opportunity Impact offers youth the skills needed to be free from the obstacles faced in our lowest income communities and to gain the opportunity to create the life they desire. The five-year program is open to youth living in public housing who have little or no access to other support services, and are at an increased risk of youth violence and youth crime. Children enter the program in grade 5, and we are committed to working with them through the important development years until grade 8.
Real Options for City Kids (ROCK)
ROCK utilizes the Community Network for Youth Development for ensuring that it is always providing the best quality youth development programs possible. According to research, children will have a much higher probability of reaching positive adult outcomes if they participate in youth development focused programs. In creating or evaluating programs, ROCK seeks to provide the following supports and opportunities to its youth: Relationship Building, Skill Building, Safety, Youth Participation and Community Involvement. ROCK's programs span the entire year and are held during school hours, after school, Saturdays, summer and special occasions.
Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) – UCSF
SEP offers a diverse programmatic menu: a variety of classroom-based partnership models bring UCSF volunteers into K-12 classrooms, summer courses and seminars provide pedagogically rich content learning experiences for teachers, school-site science teams build capacity for science teaching at elementary schools, and a high school internship program pairs students from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences with mentors and immerses them in a university environment conducting scientific research.
The SMART Program *
SMART provides highly motivated, financially-disadvantaged students with access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and social support services in order to foster academic excellence and community engagement. SMART closes the achievement gap by providing these students with access to private schools, and with intensive social, emotional and academic support from grades 5-12.
Techbridge launched in 2000 as a program to expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering. Since our founding, we’ve worked with over 4,000 girls in grades 5-12 through our after-school and summer programs in the San Francisco Bay area. We believe every girl needs personal and consistent support to succeed, and to that aim we’ve created resources for educators, families, and role models who make up her support network.
Up On Top
Up On Top has been providing quality after school and summer programs to Kindergarten through 5th grade children from low income families in San Francisco's Tenderloin and Western Addition neighborhoods. Up On Top programs offer low student-to-teacher ratios, academic support, and instruction in areas like social skills, art and music. We are also proud to emphasize our healthy nutrition options as well as sports and recreational play in our quality, balanced programs.
Youth Tennis Advantage
Youth Tennis Advantage is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth in inner city communities through a comprehensive program of tennis and academic tutoring that promotes the physical, educational, and life skills necessary to prepare and empower them for leadership in their communities, and success in their personal lives.