Education Liaisons

An Increased Investment in Education and Connecting Schools and Families 

Education Liaisons are in regular communication with teachers, families, and Club staff, to ensure that each student stays on track.

As a well-established, high-quality afterschool program, we have always known the significant role our Clubs play in bridging the gap between the classroom and home. The pandemic has made it even more clear, however, that the adults in a kid’s life need to be connected in order to best support their learning and overall success in school.

In response to the many adverse effects of the pandemic on youth, we have made significant investments in education and mental health services. To support our Club members, we have increased the size of our education team, adding Education Liaisons to work alongside our Education Directors.
Education Liaisons
Each of our Clubhouses now has an Educational Liaison who is in regular communication with teachers, families, and Club staff, to ensure that the adults are working together to help youth succeed academically. When problems arise, they are there to intervene, facilitate communication, deploy resources, and solve problems. Education Directors remain critically important at the Clubhouse, holding the responsibility for running great Learning Centers.
Education Liaisons contribute to BGCSF’s commitment to providing a comprehensive support system for members by: 
  • Facilitating communication between the Club, family, and school to understand a kid’s needs.
  • Looking across the entire Clubhouse, not just the Learning Center, to assess how Club staff are helping youth to achieve academically and be better connected to their school.  
  • Gathering and managing qualitative and quantitative data to build an understanding of the academic and SEL needs of members.
  • Coordinating academic programs and other Club resources to meet the identified academic and SEL needs of youth. 
  • Collaborating with external academic partners to provide resources and opportunities for Club members.
  • Support all Club staff through coaching and feedback.

Meet The Education Liaison Team!

Edmark Aberin

Columbia Park Clubhouse
Edmark is a first-generation Filipino-American and Bay Area native. He graduated in 2020 from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degr...

Edmark is a first-generation Filipino-American and Bay Area native. He graduated in 2020 from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a Minor in Labor Studies. He  has worked for the Berkeley Unified School District and the YMCA of the East Bay.

As an Education Liaison, Edmark is focused on making the learning process fun and enjoyable for youth. His primary goal in working with youth is to create lifelong learners, coaching them to enjoy the learning process. 

Edmark is committed to empowering youth by helping them find their voice and building their confidence in and out of the classroom. Edmark is focused on making sure members and their families feel supported throughout the school year. He prioritizes building strong, lasting relationships with members, ensuring that they always feel welcome, fostering a strong sense of belonging within their Clubhouse community. 

“I am focused on making sure members and their families feel supported throughout the school year. I am passionate about building lifelong learners and coaching youth to enjoy the learning process.” 

Claire Eccles

Don Fisher Clubhouse
Claire received her Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a double minor in Education and History from the University of California...

Claire received her Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a double minor in Education and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Within education, she specialized in intervention strategies involving motivation, social connectedness, and mindfulness. She worked as a reading and writing tutor for elementary schoolers for three years and supported students as they entered the transition stages of their lives as a peer career advisor at UCSB Career Services. 

Claire is passionate about engaging students to be enthusiastic learners. She is passionate about supporting families and teachers and ensuring that all our members are holistically supported by a network of caring adults.

 “I am passionate about working with families and teachers and ensuring that all members are supported by a network of caring adults who are committed to their well-being and academic success” 

Erika Faria-Rivera

Excelsior Clubhouse
Erika received her Bachelors of Arts in Latin American Languages, Literatures and Cultures from UC Berkeley. She is a Latina, first generation...

Erika received her Bachelors of Arts in Latin American Languages, Literatures and Cultures from UC Berkeley. She is a Latina, first generation college graduate, and is passionate about giving back to the community by empowering youth and families throughout their educational journey. 

Erika has worked in both the Mission and Excelsior communities for over nine years serving youth in both school-based Clubs and at traditional Clubhouses. She joined the Excelsior Clubhouse in 2019 as the Education Director where she developed Literacy and STEM programs for K-5th graders, as well as ensuring youth were accessing homework and tutoring support at the Club. 

In her role as Education Liaison, Erika strives to create and strengthen the Club partnerships with schools and families and maintain a culture of academics in the Clubhouse.  

“I love being part of a BIG support system for our members. The partnership between schools, parents, and our Clubhouse team allows us to really understand what’s going on and to serve our kids in the best way possible.” 

Lateshia Jenkins

The Willie Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point
Lateshia will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Childhood Development this fall, from California State...

Lateshia will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a concentration in Childhood Development this fall, from California State University East Bay. She  has over 17 years in public education ranging from Special Education to Family Engagement Services.

As an Education Liaison, Lateshia is excited to use her experience and expertise toward building a strong academic program at the Club. She is passionate about creating meaningful relationships with Club members, families, educational program partners, and schools.

She is committed to providing an Outcomes-Driven Club Experience and achieving the best academic outcomes for the youth of Bayview Hunters Point. 

“I am passionate about creating meaningful relationships with Club members, families, education program partners, and schools. I am deeply committed to the work our Club does to achieve the best academic outcomes for the youth of Bayview Hunters Point and am excited for the school year ahead.” 

Ryan Mitsuhashi

Tenderloin Clubhouse
Ryan received his BA from California State University East Bay in Liberal Studies focusing on Special Education. After earning a multiple subject...

Ryan received his BA from California State University East Bay in Liberal Studies focusing on Special Education. After earning a multiple subject teaching credential and an additional Educational Specialist credential, Ryan worked for over 10 years in SFUSD as an Inclusion Specialist and Resource Specialist. 

Full-inclusion practices continue to be a passion for Ryan. He chooses to focus on ability awareness rather than disability or labeling. Ryan has seen how critical integrated services, and members of IEP teams, can support students with special needs in achieving their goals. 

Ryan continues to make connections to support youth at all ability levels in his role as an Education Liaison at the Tenderloin Clubhouse. He  prioritizes partnering with families, schools, and other community organizations in order to support members in the best way possible. He is passionate about serving the Tenderloin community  and enjoys the close-knit, supportive  and family atmosphere at the Club. 

“I am passionate about supporting youth in achieving their goals. Working at the Tenderloin Clubhouse allows me to be part of a close-knit community of Club staff, families, and local schools. I am proud of how we work together to support members individually and provide them with the resources and encouragement to realize their potential.”

Brain Sauer

Citywide Director of Education
Brian Sauer has been involved in educational leadership for over two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area.Francisco Bay Area. He received a degree...

Brian Sauer has been involved in educational leadership for over two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a degree in Anthropology and Biology from Marquette University in Milwaukee and California State Teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He began his career teaching high school science overseas in the Federated States of Micronesia and later became a middle school and high school mathematics and science teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District. 

Brian joined BGCSF seven years ago as the Citywide Director of Education, a role that has really allowed him to develop a solid academic framework for all members. Through his leadership, BGCSF has built a strong focus on academics through literacy, STEM, tutoring and college access.  A combination of BGCSF-developed curriculum and educational partners provides youth with creative and engaging programs that build skills, support SEL development and motivate youth to become life-long learners.

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