Mission

The OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center, a program of Urban Services YMCA, serves the neighboring District 11 communities of Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside, and Excelsior at James Denman Middle School.  We offer comprehensive programs and services that include afterschool enrichment, academic support, arts and recreation, technology education, leadership development, job skills and career development, and community service learning opportunities for the families and students of James Denman. In addition, we offer wellness services that support the physical and behavioral health needs of youth by providing mental health and trauma counseling, substance abuse prevention and treatment, gang prevention and intervention, case management services for transitional aged youth and diversion youth, life skills and family support workshops, information and referral services for students in the neighborhood. During the evenings, we offer educational, recreational and enrichment classes to parents, adults, and families in the community. 

Middle School Programs

Middle School

Our After School Program serves James Denman Middle School students Monday through Friday from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM each day school is open. Students have equal 
opportunities through the day to engage in physical activity/recreation, academics, and enrichment. The OMIE Beacon also hosts school dances, cultural events, family nights, ​
and student showcases.​​​​​​​​ 

Academics

Each day students must attend a mandatory academic hour in which they can work on homework/projects, study, read or engage in critical thinking conversation.
Students are divided up by grade level and are supported by a combination of Beacon after school Program Leaders, Denman school day teachers, as well as a host of Community Partners for 1-1 and small group tutoring: SF EdFund, JCYC and First Graduates. Our goal is to make every effort to help students bring their grades up, genuinely understand academic content and address the achievement gap.

Enrichment

Enrichment programs aim to apply 21st Century Skills with relevant, hands-on, project based classes via topics that are creative, interactive, and fun. Here are some examples of our engaging enrichment classes:

 

  • Multicultural Studies 

  • Cooking Classes

  • Technology classes including coding, IT, graphic design

  • Skateboarding

  • Digital Design/Photoshop

  • Studio 181 -  Photography, Screen Printing, Recording Studio

  • Gardening 

  • IntraMural Sports via Rec & Park (Flag Football, Baseball, Basketball) 

  • STEAM

  • Dance

  • Martial Arts

  • Girl's Group

 

Wellness Program

The Wellness Program at the Beacon assists youth living in the Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside and Excelsior neighborhood in making healthy life choices. We do so by offering therapy, case management, gang intervention, and substance abuse prevention in the form of both individual and group work. Below are our services:

 

VPI Case Management

The target population for the VPI program is youth (14-17) who are at risk of being in the Juvenile Justice System. The Violence Response Case Management program primary purpose is to provide case management and counseling services to children, youth and families. Services may be provided in any number of settings agencies, schools and community locations. Clients may also be involved in other services such as juvenile justice, foster care or child welfare. The VPI services also provide One on One case management, school and home visits, group sessions on Life Skills and Healthy Decision Making, attend court hearings to advocate for the client and make referrals to several resources within the community. 

Mental Health (EPSDT and Trauma Treatment)

Our EPSDT Mental Health Services provide individual psychotherapy to youth whose parents/guardians’ are “full scope” Medi-Cal eligible. Youth that are referred to these services typically are facing challenges in their lives such as depression, grief, exposure to community and home violence and behavioral issues at home or school. In addition out therapist are specifically trained to work with youth around the treatment of trauma and issues of youth exposure to violence in the home and/or community.

OMI/E Beacon Case Management

Case management is available to youth that are struggling at home, in their neighborhood, or in school. With a caseload of 13- youth can meet one-on-one with the Beacon Case Manager who serves as a mentor to assist them in developing and achieving their personal improvement goals. The Beacon Case Manager is specifically trained to work with youth who are involved or at risk of being involved in gangs and the juvenile justice system. Full advocacy and accompaniment services are provided. The Beacon Case Manager is also an advocate during school suspension and/or expulsion hearings. Lastly, the Beacon Case Manager meets with teachers and counselors to support each client with their personal improvement goals.

OMIE Workforce Programs and Case Management

Beacon offers Workforce Programs for youth ages 13 to 24 years old. Details on these programs (YWD, and TAY) can be found on the Workforce Programs page.

 

 

Youth Workforce Development 

Urban Services Youth Workforce Department is committed to helping youth overcome personal and professional barriers by providing them with skills that sufficiently prepare them for workplace success. We provide internship and employment opportunities for transitional age youth between the ages of 16-24. Youth Workforce offers three programs:  Empowerment to Employment E2E, Roots of Success ROS, and Roadmap to Readniess R2R.

Director:
Jennifer Salerno, jsalerno@ymcasf.org 

 

 

TAY (Transitional Aged Youth)

Transition Age Youth Services are for young people, ages 16 to 24, who are at high risk of not successfully transitioning into independent adulthood due to the complexity of their needs, the many challenges they face, and the lack of a support system to assist them.

  • One-on-One Case Management 
  • Employment Services / Job Readiness Groups / Resume Writing
  • Life skills Education Support
  • High school and College Support
  • Family Support
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse Referral
  • Girls/Women Support Groups
  • Barrier removal assistance
  • Community Building
  • Court Advocate

Transitional Age Youth Case Manager:
Rute Negassi,  rnegassi@ymcasf.org
Phone: 628.249.8042

 

Tailor Made

 

 

The Tailor Made Diversion Program at the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center offers high risk youth in the juvenile justice system
comprehensive case management services which includes: one-on-one and peer group support, life skills training in making healthy choices, referrals to mental health services, substance abuse treatment, education and employment services, and connections to other supportive services. 

  • One-on-One Case Management 
  • Life Skills Development Services and Education Support 
  • Connections to employment services and education support
  • Referrals to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Gang Prevention / Turf Intervention Support
  • Court Advocate
  • Mediation
  • Family Support / Home & School Visits
  • Community Building

     

Director of Case Management:
Will Corpuz, wcorpuz@ymcasf.org
Phone: 628.249.8185

 

Beacon Case Manager

Case management is available to youth that are struggling at home, in their neighborhood, or in school. The Beacon Case Manager is specifically trained to work with youth who are involved or at risk of being involved in gangs and the juvenile justice system. Full advocacy and accompaniment services are provided. The Beacon Case Manager is also an advocate during school suspension and/or expulsion hearings. Lastly, the Beacon Case Manager meets with teachers and counselors to support each client with their
personal improvement goals.

Beacon Case Manager:
Chelsy Corcoran, ccorcoran@ymcasf.org
Phone: 628.249.0623

 

Family Engagement

OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center offers free community programs that provide parent workshops, recreational and enrichment classes for residents living and working in the OMI/Excelsior community or anyone that walks through our doors.  Our center is a safe and diverse place were people are able to challenge themselves, learn new skills and have fun doing it.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

We also serve as a local resource and facility for other community groups to extend services to the neighborhood.

If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Jimenez, Excel Afterschool Program Site Coordinator lnjimenez@ymcasf.org

Check out our schedule for more information.

We currently offer the following Community Programs, Tuesday - Thursday 6:30-8:30pm 

  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts
  • Zumba
  • Ceramics
  • ESL
  • GED / High School Diploma Classes 
  • CYC Parenting Class 
  • Strengthening Families Program 
  • Sewing Class 

Sewing Class: Do you love to sew or want to know how? Come sew your lives away with the OMIE Beacon as we host free sewing lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-8pm. This is a great activity to do with the family and express your creativity. Learn to make pillows, pajamas, purses, tote bags and much more.  Sewing machines will be provided or you can bring yours from home. Hope to see you there.

SFP Program

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) at the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center works with parents/caregivers and their teens (ages 12-14) to target common struggles among families. Specially trained SFP facilitators work closely with the families for a 14-week cycle of weekly workshops. During these sessions families work together around communication, limit setting, and creating a supportive family environment. Stable, supportive families lead toyouth that are better able to resist common risks and develop stronger social and life skills.

Why join SFP?

  • Parents/caregivers feel supported and validated
  • by other parents with shared experiences.​
  • Teens have a safe place to share and work toward
    healthier relationships and life choices.

  • Families learn valuable skills to get along better
    ​and develop a loving and healthy family structure.​
     

Contact: ​Patricia Barraza
Email: pbarraza@ymcasf.org

 

Summer Programs

OMIE Beacon Summer Programs: 

 

Please fill out one of the corresponding registration packets for the program you are interested in. Please note: turning in an application does not guarantee a spot in program, you MUST still attend a Summer orientation meeting. You will be notified by an OMIE Beacon staff member of your orientation date. 

 

  • Denman Summer Camp for Rising 6th - Rising 8th grade (MUST attend Denman or live in surrounding community) (waiting for corrections) 

  • Environmental Prevention (EP) Summer Camp for Rising 9th & Rising 10th (Reg form attached)

  • Studio 181 Print Shop Summer Program - Rising 9th -Rising 12th (MUST attend D11 High School or LIVE in D11) (reg form attached) 

 

Questions? Email: Patricia Barraza, pbarraza@ymcasf.org

 

People 

Patricia Barraza

OMI Beacon Director
Patricia is from San Francisco and is passionate about guiding young people to thriving in San Francisco and being proud of their culture.
pbarraza@ymcasf.org

Monica Alvarez

Office Manager
mlalvarez@ymcasf.org

Being a vessel of information is her superpower, She makes the process of registering students into the beacon seamless and supportive. 

Will Corpuz

Director of Case Management Services
wcorpuz@ymcasf.org

I have dedicated my life to serving young people this has been a blessing to do so at the Beacon for over 20 years.

Dante Calloway 

Family Engagement Coordinator
dcalloway@ymcasf.org

 

P 415-763-9966 
D 628-249-8186