Program Overview

P.A.C.E. stands for Pumas’ Academics, College & Career, and Enrichments, and the P.A.C.E. program is a crucial component in the successful delivery of the community school model at Phillip & Sala Burton High School. We collaborate with school administrators, school staff and other community-based organizations to ensure the needs of youth are addressed through a holistic model of care. We offer case management to youth entering high school on the SAP list, oversee the implementation of job readiness training and work-based learning experiences through Burton's Pathway model, and run a comprehensive ExCEL lunch/after school program that centers youth leadership and skill development.

P.A.C.E provides youth with the tools to thrive while also strengthening their support network: parents, family and community. All P.A.C.E programs and services are free and open to the community.


Karla Ruiz, Community School Director


Expanded Learning

Academic Support - Leadership Development - Community Engagement - Enrichments

Student-centered, grounded in partnership and focused on the needs of students, families and the school community, the Expanded Learning programs provide opportunities for youth to seek academic support, explore interest, and develop and solidify their leadership skills.

The Expanded Learning programs encourage youth to take risks and make mistakes while in a safe and nurturing environment. Youth and families recognize Expanded Learning programs as hubs for student productivity, safety, and wellness and access information on offerings and opportunities, powerful learning, integrated health and social supports, and authentic family and community engagement to develop students’ cognitive, social, emotional and civic capacities.

Pathways & Partnerships

Burton High School students enter one of four Academies:

-Academy of Engineering

-Academy of Health Sciences

-Academy of Arts, Media and Entertainment

-Academy of Performing Arts

The Pathways and Partnerships Department collaborates with many stakeholders to provide transformative work-based learning experiences, Career and Technical Education coordination, expository work-based summer programming, and intentional and meaningful professional development designed to elevate the capacity of Burton’s youth to access, navigate, and succeed in their Academies during high school and in their post-secondary pathways.

Case Management

Through high-quality, culturally-responsive programming, Case Management supports youth in the development of academic and social-emotional skills essential to success in their secondary and postsecondary careers. In order the combat the systemic oppression that students and their communities face, the department’s ultimate goal is to alter the trajectory of underperforming students to empower them to graduate from high school with a diploma.

The Y’s Case Management serves as the primary social-emotional support program at Burton High School. Students enrolled in the program receive wrap around services through the school and the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA. Through one-on-one sessions with a Student Success Advocate, students develop the social-emotional skills necessary to be conscientious and productive members of the Burton High School community.


Karla Ruiz


400 Mansell Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134


M-F 10.00am-6.30pm  


(415) 469 4550


Drew Kodelja

Senior Director of Youth & Teen Services

(415) 666-9609

Drew takes a stand for what is equitable, fair, and just-- all things that are reflected through his work here at the Y.