What We Do

What We Do

Beacon Centers transform public schools into youth and family centers that become a beacon of activity for the surrounding neighborhood. Drawing on the existing wealth in their communities, Beacon Centers create pathways to lifelong learning through which young people and adults can always find the next challenge or step in their process of learning, growth, and development throughout a lifetime.

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative coordinates public and private partnerships and funding that enable schools, communities, and families to offer academic, social, and emotional support to their youth as they prepare for lives as successful adults.

To learn more about the history and impact of Beacons, watch this short motiongraphic produced for SFBI’s 20th Anniversary:

Our Mission

The mission of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative is to work at the site and system level to transform public schools into youth and family-centered places of learning. Grounded in the community schools model/framework,  Beacon Centers are committed to a cohesive, comprehensive, and collaborative approach that create pathways to lifelong learning and transformative experiences for youth and the adults who support them through advocacy, leadership, networking and program support.

Our Team

Carol Hill, Executive Director, (415)305-0197

Sally Jenkins-Stevens, Associate Director, (314)791-0755

Erica Hernandez, Program Manager, (415)613-3565

Lota Gaetos, Operations Coordinator, (415)823-7193