City Youth Now provides programs and services that promote stability, personal growth, and long-term success for youth in the San Francisco Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems.

We envision a society where all youth have the resources and support systems to achieve their goals and become healthy, contributing members of society.


Do you know of a young person in need of assistance?

Learn more about how we can best work together to support our youth.

Are you interested in supporting our organization?

Learn how you can donate time or resources to help our youth thrive!

Are you a young person interested in assistance?

Talk to your probation officer or social worker about receiving our services.


Youth Partnering for Education & Employment (YPEE)

This program integrates our educational support and vocational training services with activities and resources that prepare youth for gainful employment.

Personal Empowerment Program (PEP)

Our Personal Empowerment Program focuses on supporting the holistic development of our youth by supporting and funding their unique needs.

Inside-Out: Juvenile Justice Center Programs

Our Inside-Out program provides recreational activities to youth housed in the Juvenile Justice Center and support for other therapeutic activities conducted by JJC staff.

The #EmpowerYouthNow campaign

The #EmpowerYouthNow campaign highlights the fullness of our youth. We are all more than our mistakes, our pasts, and the families and neighborhoods we come from. To give more visibility to the real stories and identities of who we serve, we visited youth housed in the Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco and asked them to share who they are and who they are not. The goal of this project was to allow a space for youth to challenge misconceptions about who they are perceived to be.


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Success Stories

At eighteen, Shannon became a professional ballet dancer, joining American Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland, among other companies. She went on to dance with many of the great ballets around the world.

Shannon Chain

Vicente Cruz was the recipient of an academic scholarship from City Youth Now in 2013 and previously participated in our Internship Program, both of which offered him incredible opportunities to succeed and to be rewarded for his hard work. And that hard work has paid off! Vicente has just won his immigration case and is now a legal permanent resident. He is working in a youth employment program and is attending school at City College.

Vincent Cruz

Perry is living his dream—working in San Francisco as a youth advocate and giving our young people hope for a brighter tomorrow. Perry Jones was the recipient of the 2008 Jesse E. Williams III Scholarship.

Perry Jones

Sharnice excelled in school graduating with a 3.9 GPA at the end of her senior year of high school. She also became employed as a result the City Youth Now Internship Program by Precita Center where she helps younger children. In spite of all her losses, overcoming physical challenges, and her time on juvenile probation, Sharnice has come through as a successful young adult pursuing a college degree in Criminal Justice at San Francisco City College. Sharnice was the 2010 recipient of the Jesse E. Williams III Scholarship.

Sharnice Collins


In the many years I have worked at the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department and even having the pleasure of serving on the Board of the City Youth Now…They have continued to find ways to support the youth who have come through our doors daily and find ways to reach out and get funds to continue to meet the needs of those less fortunate…All these needs were met because City Youth Now believes in reaching out to help our children.

John KnoxSan Francisco Juvenile Probation Department Education and Vocational Programs

When youth return home from placement, I focus on connecting them to resources in their community. One of the first places I reach out to is City Youth Now, because they are engaged in not only assisting the youth but also serving as a community support and resource that youth, community partners and probation can rely on. City Youth Now has assisted them with college books, school supplies, identification cards for employment, and even Christmas gifts just to name a few. The support that City Youth Now provides to the youth I work with is invaluable and a key factor in their success

Jazelle WashingtonYTS Clinician

One of the most amazing interns I had ever worked with came through City Youth Now. CYN is easy to work with and really care about the youths they serve.

Annie TangBayview Branch Library

My internship with City Youth Now was a fun and great learning experience. Myesha and Audrey helped me with many things, such as my resume and interview tips.

Victor, 15

It is an amazing program with a board that demonstrates genuine love and care. Thanks to city youth now, I regained confidence in my ability to succeed.

Jenny2015 Joan Coyne scholarship winner

I believe City Youth Now is a great first step for a young person entering the workforce as it offers a flexible approach to an internship. Youth get to choose their worksite, maximizing on their own growing self-determination and decision making, and receive a competitive wage for their time and effort. Many youth I work with choose to start work with City Youth Now in order to ‘test the waters’ of the workplace and to gain initial experience. Through this organization they get to develop skills needed in the workplace and build a resume they can use to get their next position

Genevieve CyrsMS, OTR/L
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