As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to challenge us all and our very way of life, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is once again standing tall. Day after day, the Club shows up, opening our doors and our hearts. Everything that we have done throughout this crisis is 100% focused on the health and well-being of young people. From in-Clubhouse programs, to food distribution, to a virtual Clubhouse experience, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco is offering a continuum of care for young people that is keeping them connected to their support systems, bringing routine and normalcy to their lives, and facilitating continued learning and advancement.
BGCSF now has four of its 13 San Francisco locations open for youth (the Club is classified as an Essential Business within the Order and is abiding by the standards set by the San Francisco Department of Public Health for social distancing.) At three sites, we are offering programs to a limited number of youth for five hours per day. The Columbia Park Clubhouse in the Mission is open for extended hours to be available to children whose families work in hospitals. Additionally, we are leading or supporting food distribution efforts in four neighborhoods — Visitacion Valley, Western Addition, Excelsior, and Sunnydale — connecting youth and families to over 2,600 meals each week.
Through BGCSF's Virtual Clubhouse and our targeted engagement efforts with kids and families, staff are able to provide engaging programs and critical support, including homework help, tutoring, behavioral health services, art instruction, dance classes, cooking instruction, leadership programs for middle schoolers and high schoolers, college prep, job readiness programs, wellness checks, groceries, and prepared meals.
Our Clubhouses are located in communities that face significant challenges in the best of times. We are clear that the long-term implications of this health crisis will be felt most by poor and marginalized communities. When we emerge from this health crisis and face the social and economic challenges that await us, the Club will, again, be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with youth, families and neighborhoods. Together, we will RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND EMERGE STRONG.