Mycelium Youth Network
Mycelium Youth Network (MYN) prepares youth in the East Bay Area — who are most vulnerable to and already feeling the effects of environmental racism — for climate change. We use a merger of indigenous environmental traditions that emphasize youth environmental stewardship and relationship building alongside a rigorous STEAM curriculum that focuses on practical hands-on skills for climate resilience and mitigation that youth create and implement in their homes and local communities. We empower youth to grow as visionary leaders and budding environmentalists, connect with ancestral teachings, and trust in the wisdom of the natural world.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
About Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area’s Program: Our urgent and essential mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. We pair young people referred to our program by parents, guardians, teachers and social workers with a screened, qualified volunteer adult mentor through a comprehensive matching process, which emphasizes compatibility, commitment, and child safety.
Save the Bay
Our mission remains constant, to protect and restore the Bay for people and wildlife. In an era of climate change, growing populations and environmental injustices it will take all of us to change the tides.
With a 60-year history of unparalleled impact in environmental protection, we are the only organization that combines political advocacy, wetland restoration and environmental education to drive positive change for San Francisco Bay and its communities.
Calendar of volunteer events: https://savesfbay.org/
Hunger at Home
Each day in Silicon Valley, tens of thousands of pounds of excess food and surplus goods are dumped in our landfills and go to waste. In a Valley where one in three people experience food insecurity, Hunger at Home was created to connect the food and goods with those in need. Hunger at Home partners with local convention centers, hotels, and sports stadiums to collect excess food and goods to distribute to the hungry and homeless through a robust nonprofit network. To date, Hunger at Home has donated 11 million meals locally and helped distribute much needed items like towels, blankets, kitchen items, and hygiene kits. Hunger at Home also helps the clients of its nonprofit partners with job training and placement in the very businesses that donate excess food
Hunger at Home Connects
Hunger at Home Connects is a hospitality and culinary arts training program for community members, ages 17 and older, and clients from many of our nonprofit partners. This program works to break the cycle of poverty and underemployment by providing professional and vocational training as well as job placement support to at-risk populations in our community
The vision of EAH Housing is of inclusive neighborhoods with thriving socioeconomic and cultural diversity for generations to come, through well-designed affordable housing and a commitment to stewardship and residents’ quality of life through services.
Be A Mentor
Be a Mentor, Inc. seeks to help children and youth from challenging and vulnerable circumstances develop the assets necessary to make healthy life choices, set realistic goals, act with determination and ultimately build vibrant successful lives for themselves through direct contact and relationships with caring and positive adult role models.
Link for people interested in mentoring: http://beamentor.org/mentor
San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School
San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School develops young adults to create transformational change for our community and our planet.
Learn about climate justice. Fight the effects of climate change. Restore natural habitats in our community. Learn from the experts: our corpsmembers!
Check the volunteer page for volunteer opportunities!
City of Dreams
City of Dreams is a youth development & mentorship organization that implements enrichment programs to help youth discover their potential. Our programs give meaningful childhood experiences to youth living in poverty to alleviate generational trauma and heal the next generation of Bayview residents.
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.
Factory Farm Awareness Coalition
Northern Light School
Northern Light School is committed to providing a high quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The faculty and staff create an atmosphere where every child can grow academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, to become healthy, productive members of their families and communities. The focus is on academic excellence as well as non-violence, acceptance of differences, respect for the environment, and the moral advancement of humanity—so that the children develop an understanding that they have a responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others
ExtraFood’s mission is to end hunger and wasted food in the North Bay, California.
We rescue excess fresh food from businesses, schools, and gardens and immediately deliver it to people facing food insecurity.
Connecting YOU with as many resources as possible to help you on your life path is our goal. Support to get things done looks different for each individual so our client centered case management approach shines bright as we work together to accomplish your goals.
White Pony Express
WPE is a volunteer-powered 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to eliminate hunger and poverty by delivering the abundance all around us to those in need—with love. We serve 120,000 people each year through more than 80 partner agencies. Since our inception, WPE has rescued and delivered more than 17 million pounds of nutritious food—equal to 13.5 million meals—which prevented more than 300 tons of CO2 emissions from entering the air we breathe.
Bay Area Scholars
Bay Scholars exists to make it possible for promising low-income scholars across the Bay to have access to and flourish at successful private college preparatory high schools.
Our 4-year scholarship makes college-prep high school education a reality for our scholars.
Alum Rock Counseling Center
Are you a student struggling with depression, bullying, or anxiety? Are you a parent or family member who is worried about a child in your care? Are you a teacher or school administrator seeking support with a mental health care concern or substance use issue at your school? If so, we at Alum Rock Counseling Center (ARCC) are here for you.
For 47+ years, ARCC has provided individual and family counseling, parent education workshops, community presentations, youth mentoring, trauma recovery services, academic support, and safe, fun group activities for youth. We firmly believe in the power of young people to overcome challenges, reveal unique strengths, and become the very best versions of themselves. We invite you to check out our current programs to see if there’s one that’s right for you.
ARCC delivers services in our clinic in East San Jose, in schools throughout Santa Clara County, in homes, out in the community, and also via telehealth. Many of our staff are Spanish/English bilingual and we offer sessions in other languages as well. You can contact us via our website or by phone at 408.240.0070.
We are YR Media, a national network of young journalists and artists. We collaborate with our peers around the country and top media professionals to create content that matters.
For 25 years, our non-profit production company has invested in future generations — championing our voices, and those before us — to build critical skills in journalism, arts and media.
If you are a student, a young artist or writer, an activist, a parent, a teacher, or someone who believes in the power of this generation, you are in the right place. Hang out and explore our reporting and creative content on politics, identity and rising artists.
We sometimes link up with outlets like Teen Vogue, NPR, Pandora, and NYTimes to further amplify our work. Over the years, we have won a lot of awards. More humble bragging here.
If you like what you see, you can check out ways to support and join us, at our headquarters in Oakland or as a national correspondent.
Open Door Legal
We’re pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to legal help.
Our mission is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.
OpenOakland bridges technology and community for a thriving and equitable Oakland. We do this by:
- Cultivating meaningful relationships.
By partnering with the city and the community we foster a more inclusive, equitable, and engaged Oakland.
- Inspiring civic engagement.
We co-create tools and events that educate Oaklanders on how the city works and inspires them to effect civic change.
- Empowering Oaklanders.
We recognize that Oakland has a rich history of activism. We seek to empower all Oaklanders to keep advocating for our community‘s collective well-being.
Hack the Hood
Hack the Hood empowers Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities through tech and data literacy skills that supports their economic mobility. Through mentorship, culturally-relevant knowledge, 21st-century skills, and community partnerships, we believe youth can become creators of change in their communities.
Hands on Bay Area
We connect companies and people with high-quality volunteer projects through our extensive network of local nonprofits and schools in need.
We help companies — including Google, Salesforce, Levi’s and many others — create customized volunteer events to make their employees happier and better serve society.
And we offer volunteer projects each month to anyone who wants to help, covering all the causes people care about.
Mercy Housing Gives a Home to Low-Income Families, Seniors, Individuals, and People with Special Needs.
Life After Hate
Life After Hate is committed to helping people leave the violent far-right to connect with humanity and lead compassionate lives.
Our vision is a world that allows people to change and contribute to a society without violence.
San Francisco Casa
San Francisco CASA transforms the lives of abused and neglected foster youth by providing one consistent, caring volunteer advocate, trained to address each child’s needs in the court and the community.
That every child has a safe and loving home and is given the opportunity to thrive.
If you want to refer a child go to https://www.sfcasa.org/referrals
If you want to volunter go to https://www.sfcasa.org/volunteer
Too many girls in Alameda County grow up facing gender limitations, racial assumptions, and restricted opportunity due to economic status. Despite the rising prosperity and promise of the San Francisco Bay Area, these barriers make it harder for girls to uncover their strengths and realize their potential.
Girls Inc. of Alameda County’s model creates opportunities for success. We equip girls to defy limitations and stereotypes, attend college, break the cycle of poverty, and move into a thriving future. Our research-based programming supports girls at every stage of their development. We focus on the whole girl: her health and well-being, education, and development as a leader.
Community United for Restorative Youth Justice
CURYJ unlocks the leadership of young people to dream beyond bars. We look to young people to lead the way by transforming our community and investing in their healing, activism, and aspirations.
Berkeley Free Clinic
The mission of the Berkeley Free Clinic is to empower individuals and communities by providing accessible, client-centered health services and information
Since 1994, Acknowledge Alliance (formerly the Cleo Eulau Center) has used the power of fostering resilience to help build positive connections between teachers and students to open the doors to learning and well-being
What if Foundation
The What If Foundation raises awareness and resources to support critically-needed food, education, and community support programs in the Ti Plas Kazo neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, and beyond. We work in close partnership with the Haitian grassroots organization Na Rive, which has deep roots in the community as well as the know-how and local relationships to have a significant impact on the ground. Together, we have joined forces to bring hope and opportunity to children and their families for nearly 20 years.
San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
The art of hand embroidery is enjoying an artistic and commercial renaissance throughout the world. Through classes taught by world-class stitchers and textile artists, The San Francisco School of Needlework & Design is bringing a fresh and modern creativity to this ancient art form.
Our model of providing a stable homelike shelter and offering ongoing, comprehensive assistance with housing and job placement, while supporting the emotional and social needs of parents and children alike, helps to empower more than 300 families each year with the resources, personalized solutions, and support network they need to build brighter futures.
Youth Homes focuses on helping young people rebuild their lives and infusing hope and possibility into families, just as we have been doing for more than 50 years. We weave the expertise of professionals, the compassion of our dedicated community members and the resourcefulness of our youth and families into something that can feel like magic.
Seneca Family of Agencies
Seneca Family of Agencies helps children and families through the most difficult times of their lives.
In many cases, we are the last hope for young people who have come to see failure and discouragement as a way of life. Here at Seneca, we offer each child a simple but profound promise: You will be supported every step of the way, no matter what challenges you face.
By supporting each child and family in identifying and building upon their resources and strengths, we enable them to approach the future with renewed optimism and a stronger sense of the possibilities for creating a new and different story for their lives.
Leap-Arts in Education
Leap’s mission is to provide top quality arts education programs that help students build skills to achieve their fullest potential. We envision a world where art is a fundamental part of every child’s education and success.
Providing a safe, secure, and drug-free environment for overcoming homelessness. Opportunity House provides a safe environment and effective programming to help single women, single parents, and families with children break the cycle of homelessness.
Safehouse San Francisco
PROVIDING A NURTURING AND EMPOWERING COMMUNITY FOR HOMELESS WOMEN ESCAPING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, PROSTITUTION, AND SEX TRAFFICKING.
Global Glimpse is a highly selective, structured leadership program that launches motivated US high school students from a wide range of backgrounds into a fascinating, transformative international experience.
Our global network of dedicated and skilled staff, teachers and volunteers are committed to building a new generation of diverse young leaders who are equipped and inspired to tackle the social, political, and economic challenges of their generation.
Life Learning Academy
The Life Learning Academy is committed to creating a nonviolent community for students who have not been successful in traditional school settings. LLA welcomes students into an ‘extended family’ which motivates everyone to give and receive support, develop responsibility and judgment, and build the academic, vocational and social skills necessary to be successful.
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program
Read-Aloud Volunteer Program is a relationship-based program that fosters in children the joy and love of learning through reading and story-telling.
Justice At Last
For survivors of human trafficking to have the opportunity to seek justice on their own terms. We envision a world where justice eradicates all forms of slavery – where victims of trafficking are empowered through justice in order to heal and become independent and self-sufficient survivors that can thrive with dignity.
To empower those who have been labor trafficked and commercially sexually exploited by providing access to free comprehensive legal services, advocacy and specialized trainings to help transform survivors’ lives.
Dorothy Day House
Dorothy Day House Berkeley is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that for over 30 years has provided meals, shelter, and employment for low income residents and people who experience homelessness in Berkeley, California. They are our Guests.
Young Women’s Freedom Center
Founded in 1993, Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) is a leadership and advocacy organization led by systems-involved young and adult women and transgender gender non-conforming (TGNC) people of color who have grown up in poverty, worked in the underground street economy, and have been criminalized by social services such as foster care, welfare, and the mental health systems.
Tenderloin Housing Clinic
The mission of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) is to prevent tenant displacement, to preserve and expand the City’s low cost housing stock, and to provide comprehensive legal assistance to low income tenants. THC is successful in fulfilling this mission by providing free legal services, securing SRO units through the Master Lease program and offering comprehensive support services to our clients.
Heart and Soul
Our Mission:Creating connection, hope, and healing through peer support for mental health.
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
For more than 50 years, Berkeley Food & Housing Project (BFHP) has provided a comprehensive range of housing, food, and support services to help those in need move from homelessness into a safe and affordable home of their own. We accomplish our work in partnership with the City of Berkeley, other government agencies, and a robust network of local service providers. Our many volunteers offer their time, energy and talents. Vital financial support is derived from a mix of public funding, individual giving, private foundations and corporate charitable contributions.
Compass Family Services
At Compass Family Services, we’re passionate about helping homeless and at-risk families become stably housed, emotionally and physically healthy, and economically self-sufficient.
Mission Bit provides computer science courses that expose high school students from underserved and underrepresented communities to multiple coding languages. We design our classrooms with project based, small group, learning in mind. Fall and Spring courses run for 13 weeks, 4 hours a week. During the summer, we run intensive introductory and advanced courses that last 6 weeks, respectively. In addition to our classes, we offer students a field trip to a Bay Area tech company, career and college advising related to the technology field, and an opportunity to showcase their group projects to a large community of supporters during our Demo Day event at the end of the term.
There are no GPA requirements and any San Francisco public or charter school student is encouraged to apply. Given the lack of diversity in the tech industry and our focus on equity, we accept applications from students of color and girls who attend private schools in San Francisco, as well.
Foster Youth in Action
FYA works to build a movement led by young people directly impacted by the foster care to radically transform child welfare. Drawing on a youth organizing approach, FYA trains and equips foster youth to be strong leaders and organizers; grows the capacity of groups to engage a broad base of youth to work for justice; and connects change agents across the country.
At The Crossroads reaches out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. By bringing our services directly onto the streets, we cultivate long-term, unconditional relationships with young people who would otherwise be disconnected from consistent support.
We empower our clients to accomplish their individual goals, build community, pursue their passions, and find their own paths to happiness and stability. We believe that there are no limits to what our clients can achieve, and that every homeless youth deserves the chance to build an outstanding life.