Our Youth, Their Voice

About YCHS

Youth Chance High School is a county community school that is operated through a partnership between the Embarcadero YMCA, San Francisco Unified School District, and the San Francisco Department of Education. Our school specializes in working with young people ages 16-19 years old, who have severely fractured relationships to education, academic institutions, and how they see and experience themselves as learners.  

The school recognizes the need to support ‘the whole student’; considering not only a student’s academic needs, but also the bio/psycho/social needs of high school youth. In the classroom, teachers utilize a trauma informed lens and prioritize the students’ social emotional wellbeing in addition to their academic progress as part of a holistic classroom experience.

Why Youth Chance? 

Youth Chance offers engaging, integrated standards-based instruction designed to meet the individual needs of students in the academic areas of Language Arts, Ethnic Studies, Health, Science, and Life Skills.  All classes are co-taught by a credentialed general education teacher and a special education teacher using engaging and culturally relevant instructional materials and effective alternative education pedagogy. 

Youth Chance works to provide students provide students an alternative school in a community-based setting that is optimized to meet the needs of young people affected by the dependency and delinquency systems. Classrooms within the Bayview, Buchanan, and Embarcadero YMCAs support the San Francisco Unified District to deploy a “circle of care” that re-engages truant youth, provides them a high school program targeted to their unique needs, connects students and families to a wealth of services and supports within and beyond the YMCA, and supports each young person to develop and implement a personalized map to graduation.

Learn More

Youth Chance Direct Line: 415-615-1337

Embarcadero YMCA: 415-957-9622 (ask to speak with Youth Chance)

Email: YCHS@ymcasf.org

SFUSD Pupil Services 

Related Information

2019-2020 Calendar 

SFUSD Parent/Student Handbook




169 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


Monday - Friday 9:30AM to 2:20PM

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Help us change the lives and futures of San Francisco teens. 100% of your donation goes directly to the youth and families we serve, through intentional programming. 


Celan Beausoleil, LCSW

Youth Chance High School Director


Celan Beausoleil, LCSW is a San Francisco native who has worked with system-involved youth since 2007.