Youth Chance High School

Did you know?
  • Over the years 94% of youth victims of homicide in San Francisco are high school dropouts?
  • More than a third of all California teens drop out of high school and that number goes up to 50% for African American and Latino teens in San Francisco?
  • San Francisco has one of the highest truancy rates in the nation?

Dropout teens say if their classes were relevant and they got more attention at school, they would have stuck with their studies to graduate and move on to more successful lives.  Help us change the lives and futures of San Francisco teens.


Contact: 415/615-1337

When my daughter graduated from Youth Chance High School some seven years ago, it was the happiest day of my life. She had been to five high schools, in a gang and somehow I found Youth Chance. She had a mentor, a job and wonderful people around her. It took her three years to complete her GED. It was the first time she had ever hung in there and finished anything. I owe my daughter’s life to Youth Chance and I’ll never forget what they did for her and for me.-- a parent of a Youth Chance student.

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give."      -  Eleanor Roosevelt

Youth Chance High School students chose this quote as their motto for the 2010-2011 school year.

For 33 years, this school has combined academic enrichment and vocational training with YMCA character values and youth development practices to help San Francisco students find their own paths to adult lives with dignity, mentors, job skills and now, high school diplomas.