Bessie Carmichael Elementary School After School Program
For 16 years, this program has offered a safe haven for children who attend the only public elementary school in the South-of-Market area. Every day, 250 children find academic enrichment, consistent adult caregivers, supportive counseling services, and fun at their own school. Of those students, 85% live below the poverty line and a majority come from homes where there is limited English proficiency. The program is free of charge but relies on the generosity of corporate and individual supporters in addition to city and school district funding.
Rich Sorro Commons After School Program
Giving to the Y helps the next generation of Americans succeed with after-school enrichment. For children whose parents do not speak English as their native language, homework help plays a crucial role in improving grades and test scores. Working parents surveyed at this site identified safe, low-cost childcare as the community’s top priority. Through a partnership between the YMCA and the Mission Housing Development Corporation, bilingual YMCA caregivers provide homework help and fun enrichment activities to children who live in the China Basin’s low-income housing development.
Tenderloin Community School
In 2014, the Embarcadero YMCA was asked by the San Francisco Unified School District to take over after-school programming at the Tenderloin Community School (TCS). Ninety-one percent of the students attending the TCS are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Of that number, 55% are learning English as a Second Language.
The mission of TCS is to create a learning community where teachers, children, staff, families, and community members collaborate to foster academic excellence. They also encourage children to reach their full potential, as well as create critical thinkers through an integrated, hands-on curriculum, and foster joyful learning in an environment that encourages child centered experiences. The Y is happy to be a part of this mission and ensures children are safe while helping to close the Achievement Gap and prevent Summer Learning Loss.
In 2013, The Y took over all education, recreation, health and family services for the residents of Treasure Island. Completely free to all residents, the Y is able to provide care to the youth after school and during the summer, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium geared towards healthy living. The Y also provides the community with family events, fostering a special community amongst its TI residents, social service employees, and city officials.
Youth Chance High School offers students with educational challenges and chronic truancy the critical education services they need to graduate and live healthy, successful lives. Our students attend small classes and receive one-on-one guidance. We also provide a Mental Health Counselor and a Transitional Counselor to help them along the way. Students are given the opportunity to plot their future plans with the school administrator to build a portfolio of skills in internships, presentations, vocational training, and workshops with real-life professionals.