Fred Finch Youth Center

3800 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602, United States

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

1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States

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.

Beyond Emancipation

675 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621, United States

B:E is Alameda County’s primary provider of services for former foster youth.

Since our inception in 1995, we have grown from a small auxiliary of the County’s Independent Living Skills Program to an independent nonprofit organization serving nearly 800 youth each year.

B:E provides a range of supportive programs designed to help former foster and probation youth overcome their challenges, mitigate risks, and make healthy, successful transitions to adulthood and independent living.

Old Skool Cafe

1429 Mendell Street, San Francisco, CA 94124, United States

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.

East Bay Center for the Blind

2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States

The East Bay Center for the Blind offers services and social activities to a diverse group of people who are blind or low vision, many of whom are not assisted by other agencies. We give particular attention to individual needs and circumstances. Members and non-members may attend classes and events. Members are also eligible to vote, run for office and serve on the Board of Directors.

Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo

1860 El Camino Real, Burlingame, CA 94010, United States

Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assaults and abuse. Informed by our understanding of traumatic experiences and cycles of violence, we facilitate healing and the prevention of violence through the provision of counseling, advocacy, and education. We promote and adopt policies, practices, and social values rooted in fairness, equity, and inclusiveness.

New Door Ventures

3221 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

New Door Ventures helps disconnected youth get ready for work and life.

New Door Ventures was founded as Golden Gate Community, Inc. in 1981 by a Christian faith community that desired to provide compassionate service to San Francisco’s homeless. The founders soon realized that solving the problem of homelessness required jobs, skills and opportunities, in addition to love and emergency shelter. The early leaders were social entrepreneurs before the term existed, creating businesses and opportunities for work that created pathways to sustainable lives.

Job Train

1200 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States

JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed.  Our purpose is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training, and high potential career placement.

JobTrain is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational and training institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Each of JobTrain’s programs combines vocational training, academics, and essential skills development, preparing students to turn their lives around—from unemployment and poverty to success and self-sufficiency. Strong partnerships with employers ensure that students receive the training they need for employment so that businesses can find motivated workers who are well trained for their jobs.  For 50 years, JobTrain has been adapting to meet current employment needs.  Since its inception, more than 190,000 low-income individuals and their families have benefited from JobTrain’s programs.

Unity Care

1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

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

1611 Telegraph Ave #1100, Oakland, CA 94609

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.

A Better Way

3200 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

A Better Way empowers children and families to develop the insights, life skills, and permanent relationships that promote their social, emotional, educational and economic well- being.

Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

310 Harbor Blvd., Building E, Belmont, CA 94002

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) provides a broad spectrum of services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of mental illness and/or substance use conditions. We are committed to supporting treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and promoting the physical and behavioral health of individuals, families and communities we serve.


YAIL (Young Adult Independent Living) provides an array of specialized services to transition-age youth (TAY, or 18-25 year olds) who need support while they develop and work towards living more independently and accomplishing their life goals.  YAIL meets program participants where they’re at, bases its work on each participant’s individualized, strengths-based treatment plan, and ultimately helps each participant achieve the goals of greatest importance to them (e.g., how to keep an apartment, make/maintain friends, and manage mental health issues so it doesn’t interfere with dreams and goals).


1744 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, United States

YEAH! is a community of local citizens, students, working and retired people, and social service professionals addressing the issues of youth homelessness.

YEAH! helps youth set goals and create lives they want. We believe that the co-creation of community with young people is one of the most transformational ways to achieve our goals.

Generation Citizen

156 2nd St, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA, 94105

Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.  We envision a country of young people working as active and effective citizens to collectively rebuild our American democracy. 

GC teaches teenagers how to take effective political action.  Through an innovative in-class curriculum, students work with local leaders to fix local problems.  Through this real-world experience, our teens are building an active democracy.

Our innovative, action-based program will revolutionize civics education in this country. Generation Citizen is building a new generation of youth activists and leaders; a generation inspired and equipped to make change.

Hip Housing

364 South Railroad Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, United States

HIP Housing’s Mission is to invest in human potential by improving the housing and lives of people in our community. HIP Housing enables people with special needs, either from income or circumstance, to live independent, self-sufficient lives in decent, safe, low-cost homes.

To achieve our mission, HIP Housing provides Home Sharing, Self-Sufficiency, and Property Development.

Haight Street Referral Center

1317 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Haight Street Referral Center is a hub for Larkin Street’s outreach activities in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood near Golden Gate National Park, an area where homeless youth still gather, years after the initial influx of youth to this neighborhood in the 1960s. The Haight Street Referral Center is an important resource for at-risk kids who need basic assistance — including food, hygiene supplies, and referrals to Larkin Street’s housing, education and job assistance programs and other community resources. The Haight Street Center is a safe place to hang out with peers, attend groups focused on substance abuse and HIV prevention, and begin to develop relationships with caring adults.

Engagement & Community Center

134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

The Engagement & Community Center is more than just a place to hang out. It also offers connection to education and offers recreational activities where they can connect with peers and adults. Through groups, outings and one-on-one conversations, Engagement & Community Center staff support youth with a variety of special needs such as education, family reunification, legal matters, and sexual identity issues. It also serves as a portal to further services. Each new visitor to the Center receives an individual assessment to determine what other services—such as medical care, counseling, or housing—would best suit their immediate and long-term needs.

Diamond Youth Shelter

536 Central Avenue, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Diamond Youth Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter was rebuilt thanks to the success of an ambitious capital campaign in 2009; it is a state-of-the-art emergency shelter for younger homeless youth and teens. This youth shelter is considered temporary housing for Larkin Street youth not because these kids will be returning to the street, but because staff help them to either reunite with their families or find an appropriate longer-term housing solutions.

Lark-Inn for Youth

869 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

The Lark-Inn is San Francisco’s first and only full-service homeless shelter specifically for youth where young adults can get off the streets and begin to stabilize their lives. Launched in 2000, the Lark-Inn is part of the City of San Francisco’s homeless shelter network and the only shelter designated for transition age youth ages 18 – 24.