We wanted to share this thoughtful post written by Sam Piha at the Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project. As he mentions in the post, Sam led the Beacon Initiative for six years and was instrumental in shaping its development. Beacons owes much to Sam’s leadership as one of the early Beacon pioneers, as well as to the other pioneers
Beacons started in 1994 when a group of visionary leaders from the public and private sectors brought the New York Beacon model back to SF and adapted it for our unique city, bringing it to key neighborhoods and communities. The first Beacon Center opened in 1996, and it continued to expand throughout the 90s. Today, 8 Beacon Centers across San Francisco
The San Francisco Beacon Initiative began in 1994 when a group of visionary leaders from the public and private sectors brought the Beacon model, first established in New York City by Commissioner Richard Murphy, back to SF. They established a planning committee to adapt the model for the city of San Francisco and in 1996 the first Beacon Center opened.
The Beacon Initiative was recently forwarded a senior thesis written by Morgan Elizabeth Wordes that examines the role of afterschool programs in providing an enriching, holistic educational experience that fills the gaps left by the traditional school day. She draws upon her time working at a Beacon in the early 2000s (Community Bridges Beacon, now called the Mission Community Beacon)
Carol Hill, the director of the Bayview Beacon Center, penned a recent op-ed in Youth Today on the process of building a strong and enduring relationship between the school and CBO partner. Click to read more.
The San Francisco Beacon Initiative is excited to launch our brand new website! This website will serve as a portal to all things San Francisco Beacon Initiative and is your one stop shop to find what you need – looking for that evaluation from 2001? We got it! Looking for contact info for your neighborhood Beacon center? We got it! Let’s take a quick tour to see what all is here.