For over half a century, our mission has remained constant—City Youth Now supports youth in the San Francisco foster care and juvenile justice systems by providing programs and services that promote stability and personal growth.
City Youth Now, originally founded in 1950, is the first non-profit organization of its kind in the history of the United States' juvenile court system. City Youth Now diligently partners with the San Francisco Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Systems to address the unique needs of children and youth under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Juvenile Court System. Probation officers, social workers, attorneys, and other youth advocates come to us daily with requests for youth under their supervision.
City Youth Now works to ensure that youth in the juvenile court system have the same positive youth development opportunities as other children to grow into mature and successful adults.
The realities youth in the system face intensify every decade. The youth we serve come from low-income families, often with histories of child abuse and neglect, gun violence, incarceration, and/or substance abuse. The children come from all over San Francisco. They range in age from newborn to 18 years old, sometimes older for those youth who have recently emancipated from foster care. While they come from different communities around the city, the one thing they have in common is that they have each endured more than their share of trauma and hardship. Our hope is that by providing them with opportunities they might not otherwise have, they will have a better chance of breaking out of the cycle of violence and addiction that entraps so many of their peers and adult community members.
City Youth Now Currently Provides:
- Education funding and tutorial services to hundreds of children annually
- Stipends and job training skills for youth on probation
- Funding to assist teens' transition to independent living
- Funds for emergency clothing, eyeglasses, dental care, and music and art lessons
- Graduation expenses
- Scholarships for camp
- Books and programming for the libraries at Juvenile Hall and Log Cabin Ranch
- Visual arts and special programs such as yoga, book clubs, visits by the San Francisco Opera and Zoo mobile, and special lecture series at Juvenile Hall to engage and expose these youth to pathways to a better future
- Emergency essentials kit for every child who is taken into foster care in San Francisco
- Holiday Gifts for over 3,500 children annually
- GED and academic tutoring for youth at the Juvenile Justice Center
Your contributions support these programs and directly impact the lives of San Francisco youth in crisis.