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 helps youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems prepare to live independently. We provide programs and services that enhance educational opportunities, increase employment skills, and fulfill critical social service, health and personal development needs.

The youth we serve come from distressed families, often with histories of generational poverty, severe trauma and community violence. They range in age from newborns to 22 years old, including youth who are transiting out of the foster care system and about to live on their own. While they come from various communities around the city, the one thing they have in common is that they have each endured more than their share of hardship. Our aim is that by providing them with opportunities and resources they otherwise would not have, they will have a better chance of overcoming the barriers that have prevented their success and create a path to achieve their goals.

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