By Tamara Barak
Bay City News
San Francisco’s after-school programs, youth employment agencies and violence prevention services will be among the beneficiaries of $25.1 million in grants over the next three years.
The money will be distributed to 258 programs through the city’s Children’s Fund. Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the beneficiaries at a Tuesday press conference at the Excelsior Family Resource Center.
“San Francisco’s youth and families will be greatly served by these grants,” Newsom said. “From after-school programs to college and career preparation, or programs for homeless youth and families or to reduce violence in the city, we have addressed all the different areas that are near
and dear to my heart.”
The grant decisions were the result of two years of planning, which included a needs assessment approved by the Board of Supervisors in January, according to Margaret Brodkin, director of the city’s Department of Children, Youth and their Families.
The programs benefiting from the $25.1 million include childcare, youth-run businesses, peer outreach, summer camp, athletics and recreation programs, many in low-income neighborhoods.
About 20 percent of the agencies funded have a close, formal relationship with the San Francisco Unified School District, either providing on-campus services or collaborating with school officials, according to the mayor’s office.
About $3.4 million will be allocated for programs for teens, from college and career preparation to cultural programs and leadership development.
A panel of young people selected three youth businesses to fund, including a gardening a food distribution businesses, a financial literacy project and a youth art business.