At BGCSF, we inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Founded in 1891, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has over a century of experience in youth development; however, we continue to find new ways to learn, grow, and innovate. We are nationally-recognized for the high-quality of our programs and comprehensive approach to serving youth. Our work is driven by solid core values: youth first, commitment to quality, integrity, outcomes-driven, professionalism, teamwork, and collaboration.
Each decade has brought new challenges and opportunities, some local, some national, and some global. From the industrial revolution to the digital revolution, through two World Wars, a great depression and two devastating earthquakes, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has been a force for good in kids’ lives.
The way we change the world is not with one great act that makes big headlines. The Club’s contribution has always been everyday acts of support, guidance, and love for youth, particularly from marginalized communities. But we understand that this is really what changes the world.
Every day, we welcome more than 1,700 youth between the ages of six and 18 to our Clubhouses and school-based sites. As soon as our youth members walk through our doors, they enter an environment of stability, consistency, and physical and emotional safety. Each of our Clubhouses run programs designed to be fun and engaging, while building skills and confidence for a successful future.
All of our sites are located in neighborhoods where the greatest need exists. We’re open when kids need us most - after school, on most school holidays and during the summer - to offer safe places where young people can learn, grow, and succeed. Our members also have the option to attend Camp Mendocino, a 2,000-acre residential summer camp that provides an inspiring and fun outdoor experience.
Our Success Equation
We provide high-quality programs and support services that allow Club members to leave us at age 18 “ready for life”. Our Success Equation focuses on four key outcome areas:
- Academic Success
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Good Character and Community Engagement
- Job Readiness with Earning Potential
Our Commitment to Transparency
We are proud to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and proven commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 25% of evaluated charities receive this distinction, indicating that Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco outperforms many other charities in America.