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April 10, 2015

YPQA Pilot Promising Practices – Skill Building at Western Addition Beacon Center

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Through their history, Beacons have served as learning labs to test the next great idea for kids – project-based learning, ladders of leadership, social group work, and more. This year, in partnership with the SF Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, the Beacon Initiative has been piloting a new quality assessment system at all 8 Beacon Centers – the

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April 1, 2015

We’re hiring!

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Do you know someone who is great at holding all the pieces together? Who can switch gears from data entry to event planning to communications? SFBI is hiring an Operations Coordinator to provide operational and administrative support to our office.  This is a part-time position expected to work approximately 20 hours/week, with potential to move to full-time after 3-6 months. The expected

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March 30, 2015

Another successful Beacon Way Day in the books!

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Over 100 Beacon staff gathered on Tuesday, March 24th for the 3rd Annual Beacon Way Day, a professional development day by and for Beacon staff. It’s organized by Beacon Bridge, a citywide team of staff from each Beacon program, and any Beacon staff member can apply to lead workshops for their peers during the event. Workshops are developed in response

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March 19, 2015

New Beacon Opening at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School!

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The Beacon Initiative is thrilled to share the news that a new Beacon Center will be opening at the Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School in Fall 2015. This exciting opportunity is made possible by the support and commitment of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families and the San Francisco Unified School District. The news was

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March 3, 2015

Beacon Bridge and SFBI present Beacon Way Day 2015

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Beacon Bridge and SFBI are excited to announce Beacon Way Day 2015: Rise and Shine! BWD is an annual professional development event organized and led by Beacon staff, for their fellow staff working in Beacon programs. This year the theme is Rise and Shine – RISING UP to be the leader you are meant to be, and SHINING like a Beacon

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December 19, 2014

My Beacon Story: Sylvia Yee

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In this #mybeaconstory video, we talk with Sylvia Yee, Vice President of Programs at the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Sylvia was instrumental to the founding of Beacons in the early 90s and in ensuring the continued success of the public/private partnerships that lie at the heart of the Beacon Initiative today. For her contributions to Beacons, she was

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December 5, 2014

Beacon Bridge Presents: Beacon Blades of Glory!

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Yesterday over 60 staff from Beacons across the city met up at the Church of 8 Wheels for the first Beacon Bridge social event of the 14-15 year. Beacon Bridge is a council of staff representing all 8 Beacons whose mission is to create peer networks across the 8 Beacon Centers to learn from, connect with, educate each other, and

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November 10, 2014

My Beacon Story: Dante Calloway

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To kick off the #mybeaconstory project, which gathers the stories of Beacon leaders, we interviewed Dante Calloway, currently working as the Leadership Pathways Specialist at the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center. He has also served on the Beacon Leadership Team and Beacon Bridge councils, which are composed of youth and staff from Beacon programs across San Francisco. He was also one of

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October 18, 2014

Beacons Celebrate on Civic Center Plaza

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On October 10th, Beacons gathered on Civic Center Plaza to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Beacon Initiative and highlight Beacon programs through youth performances, demonstrations, and interactive learning stations. Over 500 youth from across San Francisco came to the festivities to participate in activities such as wrestling, painting, line dancing, drumming, and MORE! The event kicked off with a

SFBI on Bay Sunday
October 8, 2014

SFBI on Bay Sunday

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This past week, SFBI Executive Director Pam Pradachith-Demler was interviewed on Bay Sunday to discuss the history of Beacons in San Francisco, their impact on youth in the city, and our upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration on 10/10/14. Check out the segment here!

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