The Youth of YEF

Who We Are

Our Mission

We amplify youth voices, strengthen communities, activate youth-led change & support youth leadership. 

YEF, a program of Urban Services YMCA of San Francisco, is proudly funded by the San Francisco Children and Youth Fund. For over twenty years, the San Francisco Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF) has created opportunities empowering San Francisco’s youth to be citywide change-makers and leaders. In the past ten years, YEF has granted $130 million. 

Our Vision

Here at the Youth Empowerment Fund, we believe:

  • Youth should be making decisions that affect their lives.
  • Youth possess the knowledge and ability to be effective leaders in their communities.
  • Youth should have access to resources in order to create their own programs and opportunities.​

Mini Grants & Funding

YEF awards over $100,000 annually in mini-grants supporting projects initiated and led by youth citywide. Young people in San Francisco can apply for funding up to $10,000, three times a year, to fund their unique ideas and vision addressing important community issues and need. Do you have a project that could benefit from a YEF mini-grant? 

School Year Funding | Up to $10,000 
Projects during October - May 
Application Deadline: TBD 

Spring Funding | Up to $5,000 
Projects during January - June 
Application Deadline: TBD  

Summer Funding | Up to $2,000 
Projects during June – August
Application Deadline: March 17, 2021 

Apply Today

With any questions, please contact Jessica Kravin at

Be A Community Funder

Community Funders are the heart and soul of YEF. As youth-funders and resources to their peers, Community Funders work together to track mini-grantee progress, host a youth-leader event, and support the training of participants in YEF’s Youth Giving Project.  

We’re looking for driven and passionate individuals who are ready to make a difference in their community. Apply for the job today!


  • Be a young person in high school between 15-17 years old 
  • Live in OR go to school in San Francisco 
  • Must be able to obtain a work permit 


  • Attend weekly meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays 
  • Review mini-grant applications, interview applicants, and make funding decisions 
  • Facilitate peer workshops 
  • Plan events and support outreach efforts on behalf of YEF 

Apply Today


Patrick Miller

Teen Programs Director

A passionate, transformational, developer of community leaders dedicated to equipping young people with the fundamental knowledge to identify and pursue their passion and purpose. At the Y, Patrick is excited about creatively developing and implementing comprehensive programs for youth and young adults, contributing to their professional and personal success. His focus is to foster high collaboration, healthy relationships, and community building.

Jessica Kravin
Program Coordinator

Jessica is a dedicated youth development professional with 10+ years of leading teams of teens and 15+ years of experience with the Y. With YEF, she is excited to be supporting young adults through empowering themselves and their communities. Her focus is on creating a safe, collaborative environment to allow youth to develop skills that will help them be successful as they become adults.