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

Career Exposures

Connecting Teens with 21st Century Career Opportunities

A Hole-In-One for Kids

BGCSF's Annual Golf Tournament Wrap Up

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.

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!