September 28, 2017

Francesca Gonzalez, Beacon Director at OMIE Beacon Center

Francesca joined with Urban Services YMCA in 2006. Prior to becoming the Beacon Director for Outer Mission/Ingleside/Excelsior Beacon Center at James Denman Middle School, she was serving as the Director of Community Programs. She has a passion for providing quality programs for the youth and families in the community. Another passion of hers is photography, where she studied at Academy

September 26, 2017

Annie Ma, Beacon Director of Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center

Annie joined the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center Team in the fall of 2007. Before becoming the Beacon Director at A.P. Giannini Middle School, Annie was the Site Coordinator at A.P. Giannini and Francis Scott Key Elementary’s After School Program. Prior to that, Annie worked at Edgewood Center for Children and Families after graduating from SFSU with a BA in Psychology.

Jora Atienza-Washington, Director of North Beach-Chinatown Beacon

Jora has been a nonprofit leader with almost 20 years experience working in Bay Area public schools and social service organization. She served as Senior Program Director with Oakland Asian Students Educational Services and as an After-School Learning Site Coordinator with Mission Learning Center and the San Francisco Unified School District. Jora is proud to have been an AmeriCorps volunteer

Sarah Ballard-Hanson, Bayview Beacon Director

Sarah is the Senior Director of Beacons & Youth & Teen Services for the Bayview YMCA. Sarah previously served as the Director of Education at a Jamestown Community Center in the Mission, a teacher coach, and a SFUSD high school Spanish teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs/Latin American Studies from Lewis and Clark College, as well as

Coordinators Appreciation Week – September 25-29, 2017

The Coalition for Community Schools and Beacon Initiative are hosting Coordinators Appreciation Week this week! We will be appreciating and celebrating our coordinators across the country. The San Francisco network will celebrate their nine Beacon Directors by featuring them on our blog and social media with a mini biography and words of appreciation. Stay tuned to get to know our

September 7, 2017

Beacons are Hiring!

The new school year has started, but some of our Beacon Centers aren’t fully staffed. If you know anyone who enjoys working with youth and the community, please feel free to send them our way! The San Francisco Beacon Initiative and its Beacon Centers want to ensure that our youth, families, and communities are being served with the best quality

August 11, 2017

End of Summer Celebrations

Happy August! Summer flew right by and the new school year is just around the corner. Our Beacon Centers are ending summer programs with big celebrations, many in which involve culminating showcases and field trips. As summer programs incorporate project based learning to prevent summer learning loss, the youth expand their skills and explore active engagement in learning by creating

July 14, 2017

Beacon Fest at Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center at AP Giannini Middle School

Summer is here! Beacon programs are happening all over the city for the next few weeks with each site having their own flare for their program. Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center at AP Giannini Middle School celebrated their Beacon Fest Showcase during the midway point of their summer program called Camp SNBC. During the 6 week program, youth are divided into three groups,

May 5, 2017

Beacon Way Day 2017: Know What You Stand For!

SFBI and the Beacon Bridge Committee hosted the 4th Beacon Way Day conference. The goal of Beacon Way Day is to bring the San Francisco Beacon community together for a day of solidarity and self-empowerment, creating a space for individuals in the Beacon community to lift up and learn from diverse voices and best practice from around the city. This