Junior Program – Grades 1-5
Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA offers a comprehensive after-school program with structured homework assistance and fun enrichment activities including art, science, and gardening days. Juniors also get the chance to be involved in our culinary program twice a week by cooking and serving dinner for the rest of the students in the program and their families. Dinner is provided and prepared by members in the teen program. We partner with San Francisco City Academy and Tenderloin Community School to serve their students from the neighborhood. Students in the Junior Program return to us year after year, school year and summer, because they say that the YMCA and Boeddeker Park feel like home.
Teen Program – Middle School, High School, and Transitional Aged Youth (18-24)
Middle and high school students and transitional aged youth (TAY) are welcome to join the YMCA’s Teen Program. We have various program strands and offerings that meet the interests and needs of the community. Current programming includes basketball, culinary arts, and academic/technology. With our unique location at Boeddeker Park, our teens and TAY have their own outdoor basketball court that serves as home court for basketball practice. In culinary, teens learn valuable kitchen skills that they can take home and practice, and learn about different culinary jobs and opportunities in the workforce.
We have a partnership with SF Public Library’s teen space, The Mix, where YMCA teens can create music, make audio beats, and learn DJ skills. Coming soon, teens will have the chance to learn more about media and technology with onsite laptops and digital media software, and gain valuable computer and digital literacy skills.
Culinary Arts Program
At the Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA, the Youth Culinary Arts Program works to turn the tide of violence and unemployment by getting teens off the streets and into the kitchen. This program primarily targets teenagers residing in the Tenderloin, many of whom have experienced periods of homelessness during their young lives.
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.
Megan provides a safe and healthy environment for our youth to be successful and socially responsible individuals.