Larkin Street Youth Services is San Francisco's leading provider of services to the estimated 5,700 youth who find themselves without a safe place to call home each year. The full spectrum of care provided includes twenty-five programs at thirteen San Francisco sites. The organization's robust Youth Arts Program-launched with its founding in 1984-operates at drop-in centers and other facilities throughout the Larkin Street network. This program gives youth easy access to workshops in art forms ranging from vocal arts and studio production to piano and spoken word. With a first-time grant from the Performing Arts Program in 2007, the Youth Arts Program was able to hire an arts program counselor to support the program manager and to increase its number of teaching artists. This resulted in the provision of more than twenty-four workshops and events each week, reaching more than 550 unduplicated at-risk youth in the last year alone. Evaluation and monitoring have identified the Youth Arts Program as an active entry point into Larkin Street's services for the hardest-to-reach populations, including transgender homeless youth. During the next grant period, the organization plans to offer more than 500 workshops annually, provide more opportunities for youth to perform, and continue to seek additional funding for the program, now solely supported by the Hewlett Foundation's Performing Arts Program.
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134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94102, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the Art Program
Larkin Street Youth Services provides an array of health, housing, employment, and education services for San Francisco youth experiencing homelessness. Each year, the organization reaches over 1,600 youth. Its multidisciplinary arts programs cultivate self-expression, wellness, and career development, and are among its most popular offerings. Guided by arts educators, youth engage in performing arts, music, creative writing, videography, and visual arts workshops, and participate in internships at partner organizations. This grant for Larkin Street Youth Services’ Art Program advances the Performing Arts Program’s Youth strategy and Program Delivery substrategy.
for the Youth Arts Program
Larkin Street Youth Services (LSYS) provides programs that support homeless young adults in their move toward independence, and its Arts Program has always played a critical role in positive youth development. With funding over the past six years, LSYS has been able to strengthen its infrastructure, and both youth clients and organization leadership recognize the Arts Program as one of its most important assets, often bringing in the hardest-to-reach youths. With renewed funding, LSYS plans to deepen the integration of the Arts Program throughout its other services, increasing the organization’s effectiveness in reaching the most marginalized homeless youth and moving all of its clients toward stable housing and independence.
for the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic
This grant will provide continued support to the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic, which offers teen pregnancy prevention services in the context of a comprehensive youth center and health clinic in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community. The clinic provides comprehensive primary care, mental health, community outreach, and development services to youth in the community.