San Francisco Beacon Centers
SFBI began in 1994 as city leaders examined community school models. Inspiration came from the New York Beacon Effort.
Eight Beacon Centers
Throughout almost two decades, 8 Beacon Centers across the city formed and ran in following neighborhoods:
- North Beach-Chinatown
- Outer Mission/Ingleside-Excelsior
- Visitacion Valley
- Western Addition
The First Beacon Center
The first center opened in 1996.
Partnership between a CBO and school to provide wraparound services to support the needs of the youth, families, and schools.
The Ninth Beacon Center
After 20 years, a ninth Beacon Center was added. The newly built Willie Brown Middle School implemented the Beacon model.
A two year strategic planning process to expand the Beacons across San Francisco was underway.
Beacon Funding and System Partners:
SF Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) – a City department that funds out of school time programs, including providing all Beacon funding
San Francisco Unified School District – Partnered with DCYF to plan Beacon strategy and engage principals, all Beacons receive funding from SFUSD for their afterschool programs.
San Francisco Beacon Initiative – SFBI supports all Beacon Community Schools to have high quality programs, strong leaders, and a connected network to share best practices.
From 9 to 27 Beacon Centers
The Beacon Centers scaled up from 9 to 27 with funding increasing from $3M – $10.4M, and with an increase from 8 to 15 Beacon lead agencies.
DCYF RFP & RFQ – Strategy description, goals, and schools.
Beacon Director Contact List