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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

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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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October 7, 2014

Learning in Afterschool & Summer Project Highlights Beacon Anniversary

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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

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October 3, 2014

Beacons Celebrate 20 Years!

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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

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September 10, 2014

Honoring Beacon Pioneers

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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.

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July 23, 2014

Breaking Out of School Constraints

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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)

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April 29, 2014

R.O.C.K. in the news

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R.O.C.K., the lead agency for the Visitacion Valley Beacon Center, recently made the news on KALW for their great programming