Club Spotlight: Don Fisher Clubhouse

Over the summer, a school bus route was cancelled impacting transportation for over 40 youth who regularly attend the Don Fisher Clubhouse after school. Club Families immediately took action. Letter writing campaigns and parent advocacy resulted not only in the bus route being reinstated, but in an additional bus stop being added right in front of the Clubhouse itself.

Resiliency, Adaptability, and Determination: Three words that define BGCSF in this moment and moving forward

As we push through what we all hope are the final chapters of this pandemic, it’s important for us as individuals and for BGCSF as an organization to take time to reflect on what has happened and to think about what is next.

Club Spotlight: Excelsior Clubhouse

Excelsior Clubhouse is a tight-knit community with strong local roots and a deep commitment to neighborhood outreach. Many members have been Club kids for years and consider the space their second home. Clubhouse Director, Jennifer Snyder, has been in her current role for a decade; she not only knows every member who walks through the door, but oftentimes also knows their entire family by name.

BGCSF Well-positioned to Support Academic Success and Socioemotional Wellness for Students

As San Francisco schools prepare to open this month, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is poised to play a critical role in mitigating pandemic learning loss and supporting our members’ academic success. Because we remained open and active in our members’ lives throughout the pandemic, our relationships with youth and their families are stronger than ever. This makes us well-positioned to help address some of the long-term impacts of the pandemic and pave the road toward our members’ academic, social, and emotional recovery.

Summer Spotlight: Camp Mendocino

Four weeks ago, Camp Mendocino opened its doors to campers for the first time since 2019. Camp Director, Sara Richardson, reflects, “It has been such a joy to feel the spirit of Camp return to the redwoods after what has been an immensely challenging time for all of us. Seeing our campers' huge smiles as they sit around the campfire, try an activity for the first time or bond with a new friend fills me with so much hope for our post-pandemic world.”

Juneteenth Resources

However you choose to honor this important day, we’re glad you’re making a commitment to learning more about our country’s history and building a more inclusive world. Check out these helpful resources for celebrating Juneteenth for kids and adults of all ages.

Thoughts, Words, and Action: Addressing Racism as a Youth Development Organization

Our organization has a long history of supporting youth during times of change and crisis, which meant that the framework for engaging with these crucial topics – the culture of trust and open communication – was already in place. But the events of last year helped us to recognize that we needed to be more intentional about bringing anti-racism into our programming. This is an ongoing process, but we’re making real progress and continually moving forward, always with the goal of doing whatever it takes to help our youth succeed.

Addressing Mental Health: How BGCSF Is Tackling This Critical Issue

Debby Machold, BGCSF Citywide Director of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and Ann Arora, San Francisco-based psychotherapist and a member of BGCSF’s Board of Governors, discuss why investing in behavioral health is the key to mitigating learning loss and ensuring our youth recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic.

Summer Clubhouse Spotlight: Willie Mays Clubhouse

As we approach summer, the Willie Mays Clubhouse and all other Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco have joined the Summer Together program, a San Francisco coalition of nonprofits, businesses and city departments offering free learning experiences for SFUSD students in summer 2021.

Clubhouse Spotlight: Tenderloin Clubhouse

Like every aspect of life, BGCSF Clubhouses have looked different over the last year. But through it all, our incredible youth and staff have inspired us every day with the strength, courage, and positivity that they bring to our communities – both virtually and in-person.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the BGCSF community. Our volunteer program invites individuals and companies to contribute their time and talent to empower San Francisco youth. During this past year, our volunteers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us as we faced the public health crisis of a lifetime.

Standing with our AAPI Community

BGCSF stands for peace, equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all people. We believe we are better in every way through greater diversity — wiser, stronger, more creative, more resilient, more talented, more impactful, and more aware. BGCSF stands in solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander youth, BGCSF colleagues, partners, friends, and family.

Our Work Doesn't End Here: Reflecting on the Past and Planning for the Future

Over one year ago, the COVID-19 crisis exploded into a pandemic, and San Francisco announced its first shelter-in-place. BGCSF President Rob Connolly reflects on the Club's work since then, and where the organization will focus its efforts as we emerge from this pandemic.

Beyond Empathy: Combating Racism Against Asian Americans

In light of the alarming hate crimes against Asian Americans in the Bay Area and across the country, Tenderloin Clubhouse Director Michael Vuong reflected on his response in both his personal life and with the youth he serves.

Supporting Future Leaders: Providing a Platform for Youth Voice

Over the years, I’ve met countless San Francisco youth who are passionate about changing the world. Many of our youth members come from marginalized communities of color. Too often, their voices are ignored and overlooked. Our kids need support to find their voices and platforms to share their perspectives. At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, they get that and so much more!

Creating a safe space for kids starts with everyday vigilance and an organization-wide culture of safety

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco safety is a core part of our culture. We understand and accept that we have a moral responsibility to protect children from harm. Read more from BGCSF President Rob Connolly on how we make safety our #1 priority.

Learning Loss During Covid-19 Is a Real Concern. Our Team Found a Way To Help.

Citywide Director of Education Brian Sauer shares some of our key successes in helping combat the long term effects of the pandemic on students’ learning, by transitioning to virtual and distance-learning support, strengthening our relationships with schools, and maximizing our incredible bonds with youth.

COO Maxine Wilson Receives Prestigious Herman S. Prescott Award

We are proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Maxine Wilson has been named the 2020 recipient of the Herman S. Prescott Award for the Pacific-West Region by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, for her work towards diversity, equality, and empowerment.

Citywide Youth of the Year Kionna on What the Club Meant to Her

Matt Henry, Clubhouse Director of the Greater Visitacion Valley, recently caught up with 2020 Citywide Youth of the Year Kionna — a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley studying political science — to learn more about what the Club meant to her and why, as a young leader, Kionna is driven to speak up for meaningful change.

Grateful for Our Time at Boeddeker Park

After nearly six years playing a critical role at Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin, BGCSF will be leaving the park. We are pleased to announce that on October 1 the YMCA of San Francisco will step into the Master Tenant role that we played these past six years at Boeddeker Park.

The NBA Got It Right

BGCSF President Rob Connolly shares his thoughts on the leadership and activism shown by the NBA players and coaches in raising the discourse in America about racial and social justice.

Continuing to Serve as a Critical Resource for Kids & Families

A letter from BGCSF President Rob Connolly to supporters on how the Club is and will continue to be a critical beacon of hope for youth and families.

Bringing Camp Alive in the City

While the entire BGCSF family was saddened by the necessary decision to cancel summer camp in Mendocino, the BGCSF team immediately set about making plans to bring Camp Mendocino magic to our youth in the City and the Clubs. Find out how we're recreating the Camp spirit and community beyond the redwoods this summer!

2020 Staff of the Year Awards

Each year, we take time to celebrate staff members who have truly gone above and beyond for our youth and families. Check out some of our outstanding staff members who were recognized for our 2020 Staff of the Year Awards!

Summer Learning Programs Combat COVID-19 Slide

With COVID-19 school closures leading right into summer, the amount of time that kids are out of the classroom has doubled to five months. BGCSF is offering intense summer learning at eight locations, focusing on literacy and STEM programs, in order to counteract the effects of Summer Learning Loss and the COVID-19 Slide.

Where Do We Go Next?

A letter from BGCSF President Rob Connolly to supporters.

How You Can Help

We all have a responsibility as role models to speak out against systemic racism, promote understanding, and create a world that is smarter, stronger, and kinder. We encourage you to take action through these resources and to share them with others.

Supporting Teens Through Adversity

With no time to prepare or adjust, too many of our Club teens have found themselves overwhelmed by the impact of COVID-19. Citywide Director of High School Services Earl Declet shares what our High School Services Directors and mentors are doing to support youth during these challenging times.

Stories from the Club

“We’ve never seen anything like this,” says James Holley, Columbia Park Clubhouse Director and 17-year BGCSF veteran. For James and our Clubhouse staff, the story is one of adapting amid uncertainty and overcoming challenges to continue to serve San Francisco youth and families.

Staying Healthy During Shelter-in-Place

As we continue to undergo this period of sheltering in place, it can be increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our young people. Here are some tips from our teens and Citywide Director of Youth Leadership Programs, Tavi Baker, MPH, highlighting nutrition and physical activity resources to explore during these challenging times.

Volunteers Donate Masks for Club Youth and Staff

Volunteers have stepped up to address a critical need—making masks for BGCSF staff and youth! Many generous volunteers jumped quickly to respond to our request for masks to support essential services at our four open Clubhouses. Two such volunteers, a father and son team, share what motivated them, along with suggestions on how others can help, too!

Supporting Your Child Through a Sustained Period of Shelter-in-Place

As we adjust to a more prolonged period of social distancing and sheltering in place, the needs of our youth require ongoing attention. Here are some tips from Citywide Director of Behavioral Health Services Debby Machold, MA, MSW, LCSW, on how to help your child feel safe and manage their fears during these tumultuous times.

Advice for Surviving School-at-Home

As a parent of three boys, an experienced teacher, and the Citywide Director of Education, Brian Sauer shares his thoughts and tips on managing school-at-home and how BGCSF's Virtual Clubhouse can help!

Tips on Parental Self-Care

As parents and caregivers, we often juggle competing priorities, which can prevent us from prioritizing our well-being and can impair our ability to provide emotional support to our children. Check out these small but meaningful activities to contribute to your wellness and the wellness of your child.

Clubs Provide Food, Essential Services Amidst COVID-19

BGCSF President Rob Connolly shares how the organization is serving youth and families as an essential business amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ensuring Children’s Well-Being Amidst COVID-19

During times of uncertainty, children look to the people they are closest to for direction and comfort. Here are a few tips to help parents and caregivers support their children during this time.

Sunnydale Past, Present, and Future: What Commitment Means

How does a neighborhood in one of the world’s most prosperous cities become almost entirely isolated and be allowed to suffer so much?

MLK Day of Service Empowers Youth to Create Change

More than 300 BGCSF staff, youth, family members, and friends joined together for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants took part in one of three activities planned by staff and youth leaders...

What It Takes to Build A New Generation of Leaders

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF), we firmly believe that opportunities for lifelong success should be within easy reach of every child. Our programs focus on academic success, job readiness with earning potential, healthy lifestyles, and good character and community engagement.

Teaching Teens to Speak Their Truth

In the past year, we’ve seen teens take the lead on important issues like climate change, gun control, and the dangers of vaping. Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) recognizes the importance of encouraging “youth voice” as a tool to shape and drive change at the Clubs and in the community.

Five Tips to Prepare for College

Entering your senior year of high school, there can be a lot to balance: graduation, college applications, and other life changes can be intimidating and stressful. Recently, we caught up with 12-year Visitacion Valley Clubhouse member and National Youth of the Year Sabrina M. to get tips on how you can manage the stress of graduating high school and preparing for college.

Sabrina M. Wins National Youth of the Year!

We are pleased to announce that 12-year Visitacion Valley Clubhouse member Sabrina M. has been chosen as the National Youth of the Year!

Education as a Right, Not a Privilege

Twelve-year Visitacion Valley Clubhouse member and a National Youth of the Year finalist Sabrina M. penned this essay detailing her vision for education in America. We’ve shared it here to showcase the extraordinary character, leadership, and insight that young people at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco possess. 

At BGCSF, Staff Show They’re Superheroes Every Day

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is privileged to have youth development superheroes who use their powers for the benefit of San Francisco’s next generation. Recently, we were asked to highlight one staff member in recognition of Batman’s 80th anniversary, and one staff member in particular really stood out...

This Summer’s Best Camp Mendocino Moments

For seven weeks each summer, Camp Mendocino provides a space for hundreds of kids to learn about nature, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Take a look at the impact we made with our outstanding programming this year.

Club Teens See Bright Futures Thanks to Career Exposures

This summer, BGCSF hosted 20 Career Exposure events, with members from each of our eight San Francisco Clubhouses participating. Among the destinations our kids visited were Microsoft, LinkedIn, PwC, Tesla, United Airlines, and Bon Appetit Management Company at Oracle Park.

Higher Education Within Reach for All Students: Part II

Over the past two decades the cost of college has increased drastically, and the financial barrier this creates for prospective college students of all socio-economic levels cannot be overstated. It’s critically important that Club members and their families understand all the expenses associated with college and the financial ramifications of the decisions they make. 

BGCSF, YBCA, and SF Pride Team Up for Exhibit Honoring Diversity

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s (BGCSF) 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.

Higher Education Within Reach for All Students: Part I

At BGCSF, we view it as core to our mission to help Club members get on the path to a college degree. In addition to the skill building and growth in knowledge that occur as a result of attending college, students also build long-term confidence for themselves and their families, and set an example for other family members and younger Club members.

Staff Appreciation Day Shows What Makes BGCSF Special

At BGCSF, our greatest asset is our people. On Friday, May 31st, we celebrated the outstanding staff who dedicate themselves to our youth at our annual Staff Appreciation Day.

Our Youth, Our City, Our Future

On Saturday, May 18th, we hosted our Annual Gala & After-Party at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts. Centered on the theme of Our Youth, Our City, Our Future, the Gala attracted nearly 1,100 attendees who were shown the numerous ways BGCSF makes a difference in the lives of young people in San Francisco.

Sabrina M. Named 2019-2020 Pacific Region Youth of the Year

On Thursday, May 9th, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Citywide Youth of the Year from our Visitacion Valley Clubhouse, Sabrina M., was named the 2019 Pacific Region Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Kids Have a Blast at STEAM Fair

On Saturday, April 13th, BGCSF’s Excelsior Clubhouse held its second annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Fair. Organized by Keystone Club members from the Excelsior Clubhouse, this event featured fun, educational activities for the whole family.

BGCSF’s Sabrina McFarland Named California Youth of the Year

Sabrina and eight other accomplished youth from Clubs across California gathered in Sacramento for two and a half days for the competition. Sabrina now advances to the Pacific Region competition, to be held in Beverly Hills in May. The competition will feature teens from nine western states, one of whom will go on to compete in the National Youth of the Year competition in September 2019.

Volunteering with BGCSF: a Chance to Make a Difference

April is volunteer appreciation month at BGCSF, and we’re highlighting some of our motivated volunteers to show how they’re making a difference in the lives of San Francisco youth.

20 Reasons Why Working at BGCSF’s Camp Mendocino is the Best Job Ever

Camp Mendocino is BGCSF's home away from home, and we're looking for outstanding staff to help make Camp a fun, safe, and educational experience for youth this summer. Check out our 20 reasons why working at Camp is the best job ever!

Trades Fair Opens Doors for Club Teens

Recently, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco held our fourth annual Trades Fair at the Don Fisher Clubhouse, inviting youth from across the Bay Area to learn about prospective employers and the opportunities made available by learning a trade.

African American Male Initiative A Difference-Maker for Club Youth

Last fall marked the start of our third year running the African American Male Initiative, which aims to reverse negative trends for African American boys. Recently, we caught up with Harold Love, BGCSF’s Vice President of Club Services, to speak with him about the initiative's role at BGCSF.

Behavioral Health Services, a Critical Component in Youth Development

Since 2004, BGCSF’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS) has provided culturally competent, child-centered, and trauma-informed mental health support for BGCSF members. BHS is part of our Club communities, complementary to the work of our staff, and embedded into our after-school programming.

The Benefits of BGCSF Membership

A Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) membership includes a lot, and continues to be among the least expensive, highest quality program options for youth and families in San Francisco.

And The 2019 Citywide Youth of the Year Is...

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is pleased to announce that Sabrina McFarland from the Visitacion Valley Clubhouse is Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s 2019 Citywide Youth of the Year. Sabrina is a twelve-year member of BGCSF.

BGCSF Swim Alum Wins Collegiate Award

At Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, we’re dedicated to helping youth achieve the great futures they want in life. One of the ways we do this is through our sports offerings, which includes our exceptional swim program.

BGCSF Organizes MLK Day of Service

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco held an organization-wide day of service on Monday, January 21st as a demonstration of our commitment to Dr. King’s vision.

IT'S HERE! Check out the new kidsclub.org

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the new kidsclub.org, the online home of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

Nutcracker Performance a Fun-Filled Affair for Club Youth

Recently, youth from our Don Fisher Clubhouse took part in SF Ballet’s Nutcracker Benefit Luncheon: Land of Dreams.

Youth of the Year Program Promotes New Voices in Leadership

Our annual Youth of the Year program is developing the next generation of leaders at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

Staff Spotlight: Carlton Eichelberger

With 20+ years of experience in youth development, Carlton Eichelberger truly embodies what it means to be a part of the team here at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF).

Our President's Speech at the 2018 Gala

At the 2018 Annual Gala, BGCSF President Rob Connolly gave an inspirational speech about how the Club helps create pathways to success for young people in San Francisco.

Learning to Swim: The life-saving skill that every child should have

Throughout the year, the Swim Academy at the Don Fisher Clubhouse helps kids of all ages learn to swim confidently.

A National Shame: Children Should Be in the Care of their Families

I’m appalled at what is happening to children in our country and you should be, too.

Catching Up with Two BGCSF Alums

Graduating high school is a huge step for many of our Club members. We recently caught up with two of our high school graduates to see how the Club prepared them for the big challenges ahead.

2018 Citywide Creative Arts Show

Congratulations to all of the amazing youth artists who contributed their exceptional art pieces and participated in outstanding performances during the 2018 Citywide Creative Arts Week!

Now Open!

BGCSF’s New School-Based Club: Beacon at Carver Elementary

Summer Programs Available for San Francisco Youth

Summer is fast approaching, and Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) is putting together a wealth of valuable programming for youth of all ages. With summer programming offered at 11 of our 14 Clubhouses and School-Based Clubs, BGCSF is an outstanding option for parents looking to provide a fun, educational environment for youth ages six to 18 over the summer.

Career Exposures

Connecting Teens with 21st Century Career Opportunities

A Hole-In-One for Kids

BGCSF's Annual Golf Tournament Wrap Up

Clubhouse Spotlight: Mission Clubhouse

Every day this summer, youth from Kindergarten - 8th grade participate in hands-on activities that advance learning, build health and life skills, and provide social and emotional support. Literacy programming, STEM projects, maker spaces, and arts & crafts are integrated into the summer curriculum. Weeks are themed to keep the programming fresh and youth highly engaged. This summer, themes include Around The World, Outer Space, Superheroes, Under The Sea, and Club Olympics. 

BGCSF Supports Vaccinate All 58

BGCSF enthusiastically supports Vaccinate ALL 58 and strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone who is eligible and who is able! Here are some of the ways in which our community has come together in support of COVID-19 vaccinations since June, 2021:

A Hole-In-One for Kids

BGCSF's Annual Golf Tournament Wrap Up

2018 Citywide Creative Arts Show

Congratulations to all of the amazing youth artists who contributed their exceptional art pieces and participated in outstanding performances during the 2018 Citywide Creative Arts Week!

Our President's Speech at the 2018 Gala

At the 2018 Annual Gala, BGCSF President Rob Connolly gave an inspirational speech about how the Club helps create pathways to success for young people in San Francisco.

IT'S HERE! Check out the new kidsclub.org

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the new kidsclub.org, the online home of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

BGCSF Organizes MLK Day of Service

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco held an organization-wide day of service on Monday, January 21st as a demonstration of our commitment to Dr. King’s vision.

And The 2019 Citywide Youth of the Year Is...

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is pleased to announce that Sabrina McFarland from the Visitacion Valley Clubhouse is Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s 2019 Citywide Youth of the Year. Sabrina is a twelve-year member of BGCSF.

Sabrina M. Named 2019-2020 Pacific Region Youth of the Year

On Thursday, May 9th, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco’s Citywide Youth of the Year from our Visitacion Valley Clubhouse, Sabrina M., was named the 2019 Pacific Region Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Our Youth, Our City, Our Future

On Saturday, May 18th, we hosted our Annual Gala & After-Party at San Francisco’s historic Palace of Fine Arts. Centered on the theme of Our Youth, Our City, Our Future, the Gala attracted nearly 1,100 attendees who were shown the numerous ways BGCSF makes a difference in the lives of young people in San Francisco.

This Summer’s Best Camp Mendocino Moments

For seven weeks each summer, Camp Mendocino provides a space for hundreds of kids to learn about nature, make new friends and create memories that last a lifetime. Take a look at the impact we made with our outstanding programming this year.

Sabrina M. Wins National Youth of the Year!

We are pleased to announce that 12-year Visitacion Valley Clubhouse member Sabrina M. has been chosen as the National Youth of the Year!