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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Heart and Soul
Our Mission:Creating connection, hope, and healing through peer support for mental health.
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.
Casey Family Programs
Casey Family Programs works to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. We provide consulting services to child welfare systems; direct services to children and families; public policy resources; and research and analysis. Our approach is based on learning from and collaborating with those who are working to improve the safety and success of children and their families at the local, state, tribal and national levels.
We strive to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience. We provide grantmaking, capacity building, and training to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.
The Outdoor Educator’s Institute (OEI) is a three-month workforce and professional development program for 18-24 year-old Bay Area residents. OEI participants learn and practice a variety of skills necessary to become culturally competent outdoor leaders. In addition to receiving diversity, equity and inclusion training, OEI participants will be trained in wilderness backpacking, sea kayaking, ropes course facilitation, environmental education, conservation, group management and professional skills. OEI participants also receive guidance and connection with employment opportunities within the field upon completion of the program.
Since 2007, MISSSEY has worked to address the exploitation of young people in Oakland, Alameda County, and throughout the state of CA, supporting hundreds of youth on their journeys to safety, healing, and liberation. Our mission is to provide supportive services and work for systemic change with youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation.
SF Achievers is a community-based non-profit organization providing college scholarships and mentoring services to African-American male high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The mission of San Francisco Achievers is to reduce the achievement gap of African American young men in San Francisco high schools through support, mentoring, and college scholarships.
Men Creating Peace
Men Creating Peace (MCP) is a non-profit men’s education program committed to helping men age 16 and older restore connections to themselves, their intimate partners, their families and their communities. MCP provides a safe environment for men to communicate with other men. Through accountability and advocacy, men gain new coping strategies to successfully develop healthy relationships and create more peace in their lives. Participants learn communication and active listening skills designed to create deeper intimacy in their relationships.
Men Creating Peace believes that violence is a learned, maladaptive coping strategy to get needs met. At MCP, men learn new and healthy techniques of communicating and negotiating for what they need, from a place of equality.
Project Access (Oakland)
Project Access employs an onsite Resident Service Coordinator at each unique family and senior resource center to implement programs and services addressed to meet individual and community needs.
The Last Smile
Provides education and training to people incarcerated in San Quentin and other facilities. They teach young and older adults how to code.
Spring Street Shelter
Spring Street Shelter is a 15-bed facility for emergency and short-term housing for mentally disabled clients who require immediate shelter but do not require care and supervision. Acceptance is on a night-by-night basis and maximum stay is 45 days. Staff will collaborate with other private and public services to assist clients to find permanent housing and other needed services.
IMentor Bay Area
iMentor matches every student in our high schools with a committed college-educated mentor, equipped to guide that young person on their journey to college graduation
Dream Corps TECH is a national program cultivating future leaders and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, creating a pipeline of diverse talent that will shift the culture of the tech sector.
The Women’s Building
The Women’s Building is a women-led community space that advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice
Fresh Lifelines for Youth
Fresh Lifelines for Youth is an award-winning nonprofit working to break the cycle of juvenile violence, crime, and incarceration. We give young people a chance to take their lives in a whole new direction. After being in FLY, they find the desire to change and have the support and skills to make change possible.
Alive and Free
To keep young people alive and free, unharmed by violence, and free from incarceration. To provide young people with opportunity and support to build positive lives for themselves and to move into contributing roles in society.
Playworks helps kids to stay active and build valuable life skills through play
Lighthouse of Hope
The mission of the Lighthouse of Hope Counseling Center is to assist people using their natural abilities to achieve their goals and to facilitate emotional and spiritual development.
Not For Sale
Lack of economic opportunity and environmental degradation lead to exploitation – so we are fighting to end both at their core. When healthy, people and planet function together in harmony, in a world where no one is for sal
CASA of San Mateo County
A Court Appointed Special Advocates program, CASA of San Mateo County pairs foster children with community volunteers who provide one-on-one support, mentoring, and advocacy in the courtroom and beyond.
|The mission of Jeremiah’s Promise is to “love, challenge and equip” former foster youth for a better future. The aim of this tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit is to build an enduring foundation beneath college-bound students, ages 17 to 24, who have suffered immeasurably during their early years. Our programs lay the groundwork for emotional and spiritual healing, academic resilience, leadership development, and relational and career skills competency.
Jeremiah’s Promise has four touch points to this end:
Best Buddies (International)
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Our mission is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.
Located in the heart of East Oakland, YU is a neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members.
Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street provides youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with the help they need to rebuild their lives. Each year, more than 3,000 youth walk through our doors seeking help. We give them a place where they can feel safe; rebuild their sense of self-respect, trust, and hope; learn school, life and job skills; and find the confidence to build a future.
Fred Finch Youth Center
Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC) is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization that provides innovative, effective, caring mental health and social services to children, young adults, and their families that allows them to build on their strengths, overcome challenges, and live healthy and productive lives.
We serve children, adolescents, young adults, and families facing complex life challenges. Many have experienced trauma and abuse; live at or below the poverty line; have been institutionalized or incarcerated; have a family member that has been involved in the criminal justice system; have a history of substance abuse; or have experienced discrimination or stigma.
Berkeley Youth Alternatives
Berkeley Youth Alternatives is a community based organization. Our vision is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for all the children, youth, and families of our community. We desire to promote, to their fullest potential, the freedom to develop individual skills and visions of the world.
Our mission is to help children, youth, and their families address issues and problems via Prevention by reaching youth before their problems become crises, and via Intervention through the provision of support services to youth entangled in the juvenile justice system. BYA helps to build capacity within individuals to reach their innate potential.
Old Skool Cafe
Headquartered in Bayview/Hunter’s Point, Old Skool Cafe is a youth-run, jazz-themed supper club to serve youth as an intensive real-world vocational training ground, employment incubator, supportive cohort, income generator, and connection point with a larger community that champions their success.
Unity Care is a minority-led, strengths-based, family-focused, and culturally proficient youth and family development agency. Since 1993, our mission is to “provide quality youth and family programs for the purpose of creating healthier communities through lifelong partnerships.” Each year, Unity Care advocates the most effective form of care for 3,500 at-risk foster children and families to improve their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being. Unity Care offers innovative community-based, mental health and housing programs with offices in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Placer counties.
California Youth Connection
CYC is the only organization in California to engage foster youth in the policy making process. Our foster youth leaders have created a fundamental paradigm shift in child welfare policy in California, ensuring that foster youth are at the center of child welfare policymaking for the first time in history. They are full partners at the policy table, their priorities are shaping reform, and the rate of reform is rapidly increasing.