Welcome Teens!

If you’re a student between the ages of 13 and 18, a full-range of special activities and programs has been designed just for you.

The Club is a safe place where you can come to hang out, have fun and spend time with friends. Plus, most of our Clubs have dedicated Teen Centers serving teens only, as well as weekly teen nights.

Membership costs just $10 a year. The Club is open every day after school, on most holidays, and throughout the summer. So, just call or stop by one of our locations to become a member. We’ll be happy to give you a tour and assist you in completing a membership form.

Teen Programs

Teen programs and activities will help you succeed in school, explore careers and find employment, stay healthy, pursue diverse interests and have fun while you’re at it! Programs include:

  • Job Training
  • Recording Studio
  • Basketball Tournaments
  • Performing Arts
  • Girls-Only Sports Leagues
  • Swimming
  • Leadership Programs
  • Money Management
  • Teen Nights
  • Youth Workforce Development
  • High School Exit Exam Prep
  • Camp Mendocino
  • Resume Writing
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • College Tours
  • Fine Arts
  • Computers
  • Teen Staff Positions
  • Counselor-in-Training Positions at Camp
  • More…
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For more information and applications, email or call Spencer Tolliver, Director of Educational Services, at stolliver@kidsclub.org or (415) 445.5413.


Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco seeks to provide financial support for members who have made the commitment to academic success and service to their Club/Camp and community. 

Through generous donations, we are able to offer 8 scholarships ($1,000 per year for 4 years) to members who wish to pursue a post-secondary education.

We also help our members seek out and apply for additional scholarships. This year, our members received over $300,000 in academic and sports scholarships. Read more about our members’ Academic Success here.

For more information about scholarships, please contact Spencer Tolliver, Director of Educational Services, at (415) 445.5413 or stolliver@kidsclub.org.

Helpful Links for Teens:

http://www.jcyc.org/ (Japanese Community Youth Council)
http://www.ehss.org/ (Enterprise for High School Students)
http://www.ccsf.edu/Campuses/ (City College of San Francisco)
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (FAFSA)
http://www.myeep.org/ (Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program)
http://www.jvs.org/ (Jewish Vocational Services)
http://www.jumaventures.org/ (Juma Ventures)
http://www.cccco.edu/ (Community Colleges California)
http://www.calstate.edu/ (State University links)

More Teen Programs

Career Launch: Developed by The Gap Inc., this program provides teens with the hard skills they need to get a job, including resume and cover letter writing, effective job search strategies, interviewing skills, and how to dress for success in an interview and on the job.

Money Matters: Developed by Charles Schwab & Co., Money Matters helps teens gain financial literacy skills. The program allows teens to explore fun ways of learning the difference between financial needs and wants, how to create a personal budget, and wise use of credit, savings and investment.

Keystone Club: Keystone is a national program that encourages teens ages 14 to 18 to become leaders in their communities through civic engagement and service learning. Keystone Clubs participate in a national service project and are required to raise $3,000 annually in order to qualify for participation in the Regional and National Keystone Conferences.

Keystone United: Keystone United is a teen leadership board providing guidance and leadership on issues affecting teens at all Clubs.

Torch Club: Torch Club is national program that fosters the character and leadership skills of 11 to 13 year olds. Torch Clubs develop and implement their own volunteer and community service activities.

Achievement Matters: This is a recognition and awards program supporting teens in leadership development, academic achievement, and Club and community involvement. Teens work toward achieving success in these categories through personal and academic goal setting and completion. Education Directors track the academic progress of teens through report cards and meetings with individual teachers.

Formal Mentorship: This is a mentoring and tracking system that allows staff to guide teens as they move through high school. Club staff (who have a personal relationship) regularly meet with each teen individually to formally check in on a variety of areas, including academics, extra curricular activities, high school graduation requirements, family, Club and community involvement. Staff keep records of these meetings, creating a portfolio that tracks each teen’s progress through high school.


Some of our graduating seniors. CLICK ON THE IMAGE to enlarge.
Then, go to our Facebook page and click “LIKE” on the image to congratulate them!

College Prep: This program provides teens with much needed information and a timeline for the college application process. Topic areas for this program include the A to G requirements for California high school graduation, the difference between community college, 4-year state and UC schools, and private colleges. Teens gain time management skills, attend local college fairs, receive support filling out college applications and FAFSA forms, and gain exposure to grants and scholarship information. They are also eligible for free SAT test prep classes. Each year, College Prep culminates with a three-day College Tour in California. The College Tour often serves as a teen’s first exposure to universities/colleges outside of San Francisco.

Teen Staff Program: The Teen Staff Program provides on-the-job training and support for teen members at the Club. All teen staff make a one-year commitment to serving their Club and participate in monthly trainings on topics such as public speaking, effective facilitation, and boundaries. Teen Staff must maintain a 2.0 GPA while participating in the program. BGCSF provides one-on-one tutoring and formal mentorship for teen staff.


Our 2012-13 Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Youth of the Year (YOY) Program works with teens who have been identified by Club staff for their outstanding work in academics, community service, character development and service to their Club. YOY is a national competition and scholarship program.

BGCSF YOY have the opportunity to receive up to $30,000 in scholarship money for college. Youth of the Year participants complete a series of workshops that place a heavy emphasis on essay writing, team building, and public speaking. This program runs from October-January and culminates in a YOY competition in which a citywide winner is chosen. This youth then moves on to the next round of competition through Boys & Girls Clubs of America.