About Us

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative coordinates public and private partnerships and funding that enable schools, communities, and families to offer academic, social, and emotional support to their youth as they prepare for lives as successful adults.

San Francisco Beacon Initiative is one of the first models of communities and schools working in partnership. The community and its youth feel connected and supported as they take steps to shape their own bright future.

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Check out our San Francisco Community Schools Toolkit!

We are excited to share with you the San Francisco Community Schools Toolkit! This document is a product of a partnership between the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and San Francisco Unified School District. It is full of resources and tools to help any school community move closer to a comprehensive community school model.

Many of the resources you will find in the toolkit were adapted from those created over the last decade of Community Schools work in San Francisco. We have also borrowed from other Community School efforts across the nation. In particular, our San Francisco Community School standards were adapted from the recently created national standards from National Coalition for Community Schools.

Read our latest newsletter for updates: January 2019

We wrapped up our annual conference, Beacon Way Day! Click below for more materials from the day of workshops.

Beacon Way Day 2019 Resources and Tools



The Right Time to Plan:

In the spring of 2016, our key funders, San Francisco’s Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) asked us to consider an expanded vision of the Beacon and its reach.

This call for growth and change was a result of evolving demographics in San Francisco and shifts in how youth and families are selecting schools. Our neighborhood-based approach no longer seemed like the best way to reach those who could most benefit from Beacons. Our funders also valued the successful community schools-based model the Beacon Centers brought to their partner schools and communities.

The Results of Our Work:

After dozens of focus groups, interviews, steering committee retreats, funder meetings, and rigorous data analysis, we have identified a model for expanding the Beacon’s reach and impact that has equity as a primary focus. The Beacons will focus on targeting investment in the highest need Elementary and K-8 Schools and expand to all Middle Schools in SFUSD, growing the model.

SFBI Program Model Circles of Influence



View and Read Program Model


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Beacon Director Contact List





Elementary Schools

Bret Harte Elementary School Merita Kaulave
Bryant Elementary School Dianna Caracoza
Cesar Chavez Elementary School Saul Anaya
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School
Dr. William Cobb Elementary School Jasmine Benton
El Dorado Elementary School Natalie Toland
Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School Michael Plank
John Muir Elementary School LaSaundra Owens
Leonard Flynn Elementary School Melissa Alvarez
Malcom X Academy Elementary School
Sanchez Elementary School Charlotte Le Riviere

K-8 Schools

Bessie Carmichael K-8 Alfredo Guardado
Buena Vista/Horace Mann K-8 Alberto Martinez
Paul Revere K-8 Sherry Congrave-Wilson

Middle Schools

AP Giannini Middle School Mandy McGowen
Aptos Middle School Sunny Zhang
Everett Middle School Marco Durazo
Francisco Middle School Lorraine Orlandi
Herbert Hoover Middle School Reggie Valenzuela
James Denman Middle School Patricia Barraza
James Lick Middle School Anttwan Stanberry
Marina Middle School Amelia Rudberg
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Middle School Jibraan Lee
Presidio Middle School Mia Tswago
Roosevelt Middle School Cass Terry
Visitacion Valley Middle School Ryan Campagna
Willie Brown Middle School Ed Cheveres