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April 5, 2019

I Love YPAR, by Lota Gaetos

I remember growing up having to complete research projects and absolutely hating them. Why? Research projects were so boring, restricting, and I just never got the information correct, which was completely discouraging. Having to repeat the process over and over about a topic I did not really care was not fun. That is just my opinion though. I know plenty of people who

February 26, 2019

A Seat at the Table, by Dr. Carol R. Hill

Question:  Exactly what kind of table do we need a seat at?  Kitchen table? Periodic Table? Round table pizza? Table of Contents? I kid, of course! In community schools work, that phrase does not refer to actual tables necessarily. Rather, it alludes to inclusion in groups that have the power to make important decisions.  In a school, those groups might

January 15, 2019

Beacon Leadership Team – Our Youth at Roosevelt Beacon Community School

  View this post on Instagram   These two young ladies who are a part of our Beacon Leadership Team led us on an awesome school tour at Roosevelt Middle School and the Beacon after school program. They were very well prepared and even made a list of the places we would visit for everyone to follow along. Great job,

December 7, 2018

Come One, Come All Fall Event

  View this post on Instagram   We love bridging the gap between Beacon Centers and connecting the entire network! Thank you to our Visitacion Valley Beacon Director, Ryan Campagna, for taking these awesome photos! #beacon #sfbeacon #sfbeacons #beaconbridge #beaconcenters #community #communitybuilding #networking #leadership #leadershipdevelopment #community #committee #events #eventplanning #professionaldevelopment #networking #gathering A post shared by SF Beacon Initiative (@sfbeacon)

October 12, 2018

Ed Cheveres, Beacon Director at Willie Brown Beacon Community School

We’re wrapping up our extended version of Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week with our last, but definitely not least Beacon Director! Ed Cheveres is the Willie Brown Jr. Middle School Beacon Director for Good Samaritan FRC. He is a Bay Area native with over 17 years experience in youth development. Ed has a diverse background in supporting and developing numerous

October 11, 2018

Merita Kaulave, Beacon Director at Bret Harte Beacon Community School

Hi my name is Merita Kaulave, I am Samoan, born in American Samoa. I left Samoa at the age of 4 and moved to Honolulu, Oahu where I lived there till I was 9. I moved to San Francisco and grew up in the Bayview District and have been here for over 30+ years now. I attended Woodrow Wilson High

Michael Plank, Beacon Director at Dr. George Washington Carver Beacon Community School

Michael joins Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco with several years of mentoring and program management experience. After graduating from Willamette University with his Bachelor’s in Sociology, he spearheaded the creation of the Oregon College Mentors in Salem, Oregon. The program brought tremendous support and resources for at-risk youth in the Salem-Keizer Public School District. Thereafter, he ventured into

October 9, 2018

Amelia Rudberg, Beacon Director at Marina Beacon Community School

Amelia grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and attended Grinnell College in Iowa, where she majored in Sociology and Environmental Studies. After college Amelia provided case management for homeless adults in Berkeley and San Francisco’s Tenderloin Neighborhood for about four years, then transitioned into a support services management role with Tenderloin Housing Clinic. In 2016, Amelia started a graduate program

October 5, 2018

Dianna Caracoza, Beacon Director at Bryant Beacon Community School

Dianna is a native of Southern California. She attended the University of California Riverside where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Women’s Studies. While attending UC Riverside she worked on campus as an academic counselor, where she found her passion for helping students succeed. After graduating she moved to San Francisco and attended San Francisco State and

October 3, 2018

Jibraan Lee, Beacon Director at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Beacon Community School

Jibraan Lee has been working in youth development and community organizing in San Francisco since 2009. During this time, he has taught in SFUSD classrooms and directed high quality and innovate afterschool and summer programs at Hillcrest and Visitacion Valley Elementary Schools. Through his experience, he has grown into the position of Beacon Director at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr