Celebrating over 40 years of service to individuals, families, and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

With funding from San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, YFYI staff are able to “re-grant” dollars to youth-led projects in San Francisco. The criteria for selecting a project to fund include a focus on community improvement, development, and change - all from a youth's perspective. This re-granting model encourages youth leadership and civic engagement for YFYI staff and for the projects they support… like this one!

 

YFYI funded this project because we support youth taking leadership at their schools. We believe it is critical to a youth person’s academic development to have a say in their school experience. We are very proud of what the youth leaders have accomplished through this project. “

Fernando Portillo and Raquel Barajas-YFYI Project Reviewers

The LEAD Club is comprised of students from Burton High School who decided to create a project in which other youth would enrich their leadership skills through various activities and workshops. The project itself was created to help younger students at Burton to build on their communication, social and leadership skills in order to increase their confidence. Through various fundraising at school, the sale of t-shirts and the student café, Lead Club has been able to raise enough money to attend a leadership building trip to Oregon. Overall this project has allowed the participants to acquire new skills that they can use in and out of school all for the better of the community and those around them.

  • Since I've been blessed with the chance to have a good education and many opportunities, I feel obligated to give back and to use the education and the experiences I've had to make an impact.

    Chris McCoy
    AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Seeing the kids' growth through the years, despite the odds being against a lot of them, for whatever reason, is what inspires me to stay here.

    Kevin Lacy
    Before & After School Site Coordinator - San Francisco
  • I feel energized by my work and the teenagers inspire me with their candor and honesty. I’m always learning from them!

    Mary Jane Landolina
    School Counselor - Tamalpais High School, Marin County
  • I am motivated by all the great people that work for BACR and the wonderful things they do. My great reward is knowing that I can help them in their work to support communities all over the Bay.

    Collin Brown
    Web Develop and IT Support
  • Helping other people is what inspires me to work here. Being able to change people's lives, by helping them understand their problems with alcohol, is a huge contribution to my inspiration here.

    Maria Vega
    Office Coordinator - Marin County DUI Program
  • I know that, if I am able to overcome hard struggles in my life and do my best at achieving success, I can encourage the young people that I advocate to do their best as well.

    Court Advocate

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