Want to get involved but don't know where to start? The following are a few links that may give you some ideas...
LOCAL YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
CELL stands for Collectively Explorative Learning Labs. CELL is a volunteer-based collaborative art center which fosters community through art and education.
Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice
CCJJ is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social problems.
Center for Young Women's Development
The Center for Young Women's Development started in 1993 as the Street Survival Project. They are grounded action research and ethnographic research that revealed advocacy and service gaps as well as historical and current obstacles facing youth serving organizations because they were run by adults.
CHALK is a growing Bay Area non-profit providing a range of youth services with a specific focus on youth employment and technology. Through their website you can access Youthline's database which has tons of great information on programs and resources for Bay Area youth.
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
Coleman Advocates works independently to change city policies and programs through advocacy, research, public education, and development of creative, cost-effective proposals on issues such as child welfare, health, juvenile justice, and recreation. Youth Making A Change (Y-MAC) is Coleman's youth run organization.
Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY)
HIFY has one mission - to improve the health and well being of young people.
Homies Organizing to Empower Mission Youth (HOMEY)
HOMEY is a youth led organization which works with former gang members and local youth to further empower young people and provide them with resources and support for their talents.
Just Act promotes youth leadership and action for global justice by providing a network linking students and young people to educational opportunities and to grassroots movements working for equitable, sustainable and self-reliant communities locally and globally.
Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC)
LYRIC brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth together to build a peer-based community that empowers them to end isolation; create a progressive queer youth voice; increase well-being and self-esteem; and change the communities in which they live.
San Francisco Conservation Corps
A job and academic training organization serving young people ages 12 to 24. Corps members develop their job and academic skills, leadership abilities and environmental awareness by completing outreach, conservation and community service projects throughout the city.
San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners
A grassroots organization that empowers communities and individuals with education and employment.
Youth Leadership Institute
A community-based institute that works with young people, youth practitioners and the systems that impact them in order to build communities that respect, honor, and support youth.
YouthSpace is a new citywide youth-run center, providing entertainment, employment, business opportunities, leadership development and event space to high-school aged young people in San Francisco through program development, planning and piloting a business venture (café), youth leadership development and collaboration with adults and various youth organization in San Francisco.
Youth Radio promotes young people's intellectual, creative, and professional growth through training and access to media.
San Francisco Unified School District
This website provides updated information on SFUSD policies and public meetings
Linking San Francisco: A community of schools and organizations working together to help our students learn and improve our city through service learning.
Co/Motion is a national program that helps organizations build their capacity to foster youth leadership in the design, implementation, and evaluation of action strategies addressing community problems.
Project for Public Spaces/Teens as Community Builders
At Project for Public Spaces, we believe it's important to highlight accomplishments of young people. In our work around the U.S., we witness all too often how young people are shunned and treated almost like undesirables by the owners and managers of public spaces.
Information on new ideas about education and public schools.
Schools Not Jails
Updated information on the youth justice movement
Scholarships for youth initiated projects
Student Environmental Action Coalition
Dedicated to building the capacity of youth to organize for environmental justice. A student run and student led national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education.
Website dedicated to cross-cultural exchange and idea sharing amongst the world's youth
What Kids Can Do is a national nonprofit organization founded in the winter of 2001. We document the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose for an audience of educators and policy makers, journalists, community members, and students.
Young people around the world organizing for youth voice in international affairs and treaties.
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
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