The Tenderloin is changing for the good, and the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA is part of that change! Since helping to reopen Boeddeker Park in 2014, the YMCA joined an unprecedented partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Tenderloin Safe Passage and San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department to collectively activate the community.

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. When you give to the Y, you move us all forward. As San Francisco's leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact right here in the Tenderloin. 

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The Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA is a game changing organization for the Tenderloin. Your commitment ensures that all of the youth, seniors and families can continue attending the 50 hours of free weekly YMCA programs in a safe and beautiful haven away from the challenges they face outside of the Y. 

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Pays for one month of meals to feed 20 seniors


Provides three months of field trips in the Bay Area for our seniors


Feeds 350 youth a nightly meal each week in our Culinary Arts Program


Ensures a brighter future for our YMCA youth by funding the full cost for 1 year of membership to the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA Youth Program

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A space to play, to learn, and to let their imagination run free: this is what every child needs, and here at the Y we give kids age 7-11 this space completely free of charge, five days a week. Our caring, experienced staff makes sure the each child gets the most they can out of their time at the Y, offering homework help, classes and exercise, while also giving children the opportunity to explore their world with their peers.


We are dedicated to helping older adults continue to grow and improve the quality of their lives in our Senior Program.  These activities develop physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being while serving members of diverse incomes, ethnic origins, lifestyles and backgrounds. And most importantly, there is something for everyone! 


Under staff guidance by the Youth & Teen Programs Director and Culinary Arts Program Coordinator, the participants help prepare dinner for all the youth attending daily afterschool programs at the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA, feeding as many as 50 people a night.