Enrichment, Leadership and Skill Building (ELS) Service Area Strategy

Youth-Led Philanthropy



Funded through the Youth Empowerment Allocation set aside of the Children and Youth Fund, the Youth-Led Philanthropy Strategy is designed to educate high school youth and disconnected TAY about the process of grant making by training them to administer and support grants to other young people for youth-led projects. Youth-Led Philanthropy programs help participants develop skills related to philanthropic deliberation, decision-making and the implementation of peer support systems. By providing their services to other youth leaders in San Francisco, who are encouraged to solicit grant applications to implement projects that they envision and create, Youth-Led Philanthropy programs provide tangible skill building opportunities as well as the ability to make a real impact both in the lives of young people and in their communities.

DCYF allocated $1,200,000 in annual funding to three programs across three agencies for the Youth-Led Philanthropy Strategy in the Request for Proposals (RFP) 2018-2023 cycle.

Click here for more detailed information on the DCYF 2018-2023 RFP/RFQ Submitted and Funded Proposals.  

Strategy Goals include:

  • To provide participants with the opportunity to learn about grant making by implementing grants to other 1 youth for youth-led projects.

  • To build the knowledge, competencies, and confidence of participants to help them better succeed in 21st Century economic, political, intellectual and cultural life.

  • To provide participants with youth leadership opportunities and positive engagement within communities across San Francisco.

Our Youth-Led Philanthropy Strategy 2018-2023 Grantees include: