Today is #GivingTuesday, a global campaign dedicated to giving back, and we are asking for your help on this day of generosity! Please join other Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco supporters by giving and spreading the word to your friends, family, and colleagues about the power of our programs:
- 1,639 youth served every day
- 18,000 children and teens reached each year
- Skilled and caring staff, fun and effective programs, safe and inspiring facilities
- Health services, fitness, tutoring, college scholarships, mentorship, jobs.
- Ensuring that every child feels heard, valued, loved, and understood.
Each year, BGCSF serves over 18,000 youth in the San Francisco community, reaching 1,500 of those youth annually through our Citywide Creative Arts Program. Through partnerships in the local arts communities and visual, performance, dance and music classes at our Clubhouses, our Creative Arts Program provides a path for youth from marginalized communities to high-quality art instruction, in an environment where they can feel heard, valued, loved and understood.
Carlos, age 17, is a young artist at our Columbia Park Clubhouse who has worked closely with Bill Mayfield, Fine Arts Director, to explore his creative potential through the fine arts. With Bill’s mentorship, Carlos has gained self-confidence and deepened his self-discovery.
BGCSF’s Citywide Creative Arts Program provides a path for youth from marginalized communities to access high-quality art instruction, in an environment where they can feel heard, valued, loved and understood. This exposure builds confidence, creativity, and focus, while providing positive ways for youth to express themselves. With more than 1,600 youth per day calling BGCSF their after-school home, the Club introduces thousands of youth to the creative arts each year and serves as a launch pad for emerging artists in communities that are too often forgotten.
"The most valuable thing I learned at the Club was being a leader and role model for the kids. Also, I learned a great skill - photography. Photography made me open to who I am today. It's a way that I express my emotions, my ideas, and what I think of myself.” - Jesus, age 17
As a member of the Mission Clubhouse, and now their 2017 Youth of the Year, Jesus discovered the power of photography through BGCSF’s Citywide Creative Arts program. While faced with the challenges of growing up in a marginalized neighborhood, Jesus instead learned skills and techniques that have empowered him to explore a viable career path in photography.
By supporting BGCSF, you help support youth, like Jesus, find their voices and empower each one for future success. Please consider contributing now to BGCSF and double your impact to support Great Futures for our youth!