What does it take to make San Francisco a great place to grow up?

In the 24 years between birth and the transition to adulthood, there are so many moments that can make a difference in a young person’s life. Quality childcare, a caring adult at school, an experience with the justice system or a first job can all have a major impact on the person they will grow up to be.

That’s why DCYF funds community-based organizations to provide quality services to young people from birth to age 24. We support programs rooted in every neighborhood in the City to ensure San Francisco is a great place to grow up for every youth and child.

See our impact on children, youth & their families:



Pacific Islander Youth Alliance (PIYA) has taught them a lot—learning our culture, our language, and certain manners that we teach our kids. I’ve seen a lot of growth with my girls ever since they joined the program because they offer so much. It’s not just checking homework—they’re teaching them about our culture, they’re teaching them about basic life survival skills. It’s a very good program.
— Faautu, mother of Silorah and Suilolo


children aged 0-5 supported through Early Learning Scholarships.


parents served by 26 Family Resource Centers.

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children age 0-5 served by Family Resource Centers


of surveyed parents demonstrated skill improvement following Family Resource Center parent education classes.


Kids (age 5-13)

Before I didn’t listen to adults but since the Brown Bombers program, they’ve made me more mature and disciplined. I have a good relationship with my coaches because I listen. It’s good to listen because it’s easier to do what they tell you to do instead of not listening and getting into an argument. I bring it to school, and then, I listen in school.
— Jayden


youth attended K-8 afterschool programs regularly.

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of surveyed youth in K-8 afterschool programs report there is an adult at the program who really cares about them.


slots in free and publicly funded summer programs were made available by DCYF and SFUSD.


nutritious suppers served for free to youth 18 and under.

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Teens (age 14-17)

I’m an immigrant and English is my second language. When I first moved here, I felt lonely because it was hard for me to adapt to my new culture. I felt unconfident. I learned a lot from the CYC Newcomer Club, they saw my potential. They encouraged me to challenge myself and try new things. They taught us how to speak in front of a group of people, how to deal with problems with family or friends, and how to make friends. As a result, I’ve become more confident and outgoing.
— Kiki


of surveyed youth agree or strongly agree that they learned how to identify and understand problems affecting their community in their teen program.


students served by 17 High School Wellness Centers.

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mini-grants awarded to youth-led projects by participants in youth philanthropy programs.

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youth participated in workforce development activities.

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Transitional Age Youth (age 18-24)

When I first started at the Heat of the Kitchen program, I was hesitant at first. I didn’t know how to cook, I had no experience with cooking whatsoever. When I got into it, I was like this is really fun. I feel at peace. I don’t feel stressed out even at times in my life where I was really upset or depressed, Heat of the Kitchen gave me that sense that I belong somewhere, I am needed somewhere. Even when I put in my small input, that’s still something to them.
— Naila


of surveyed justice-involved youth in workforce programs agree or strongly agree that they will be able to find a job on their own after participating in the program.


of San Francisco’s most vulnerable young adults participated in Young Adult Court, accessing wraparound services, job referrals, case management services and other supports.

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youth engaged in 62 violence prevention & intervention programs.

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transitional age youth (TAY), 21% of whom identified as homeless, accessed specially targeted TAY programs.


We make a difference in every neighborhood of San Francisco

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