Who We Are

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, we inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Our Story

Founded in 1891 on Harrison Street in SOMA, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has 129 years of experience in youth development.

Each decade 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. Despite our long history, each day 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 Community Impact

1,850

Youth Served Per Day
Pre-Covid

470

Youth Served Per Day
Since June

12

Locations Serving Youth
(10 In-Club, 2 Virtual)
Every day, we welcome youth between the ages of six and 18 to our twelve Clubhouses and School-Based Clubs. As soon as our youth members walk through our doors, they enter an environment of stability, consistency, and physical and emotional safety. All of our Clubhouses run programs designed to be fun and engaging, while building skills and confidence for a successful future.

Our Clubs are located in neighborhoods where the greatest need exists. We’re open when kids need us most - after school, on most school holidays and all day during the summer.  Clubs offer safe places where young people can learn, grow, and succeed. Our members also have the option to attend Camp Mendocino, a magical 2,000-acre residential summer camp that provides an inspiring and fun outdoor experience for youth ages eight to 17.

Our Covid Story

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco has stepped up in impressive ways throughout this Covid-19 pandemic. Since the very beginning, we have committed to continue standing shoulder to shoulder with our youth and communities, serving them in the best manner possible while being safe and smart. Immediately after the Shelter-in-Place Public Health Mandate was announced in March, BGCSF was declared an essential business and altered operations to meet the health requirements and keep the doors open at most Clubhouses. As well, the Club quickly developed virtual programs for youth six to 18, providing critical support for young people, with school, wellness, physical fitness, mental health counseling, leadership programs, and youth workforce development. In April, we closed additional Clubs and pivoted to food distribution efforts, serving over 4,100 meals per week at our high point. On June 15th, we launched our summer program, with 10 locations open for youth and virtual programs continuing. Starting August 17, the first day of distance learning for the new school year, BGCSF opened its doors at ten locations allowing young people—with a focus on the most vulnerable youth—to access the Clubs for real-time support with online learning, supplement education services, wellness and mental health services, recreation, and daily breakfast and lunch.

Throughout the pandemic, BGCSF has held the health and safety of our youth and staff at the forefront of all our decision making.
To stay safe, the number of youth we serve each day at the Club is greatly reduced, we have adequate cleaning supplies and PPE, and we provide training for staff. As long as we feel like we can function safely, we are going to keep our doors open to those youth in our community who need us the most.
Our work is driven by solid core values
  • youth first
  • commitment to quality
  • integrity
  • outcomes-driven
  • professionalism
  • teamwork
  • collaboration

Our Success Equation

We provide high-quality programs and support services that allow Club members to leave us at age 18 “ready for life.” We focus on four essential program areas that we call our success equation:
  • Academic Success
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Good Character and Community Engagement
  • Job Readiness with earning potential
Our Formula for Impact is based on running targeted programs in these areas and ensuring regular attendance and an optimal experience in our Clubs.