BEACON EXPANSION PROCESS
The Right Time to Plan:
In the spring of 2016, our key funders, San Francisco’s Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) asked us to consider an expanded vision of the Beacon and its reach.
This call for growth and change was a result of evolving demographics in San Francisco and shifts in how youth and families are selecting schools. Our neighborhood-based approach no longer seemed like the best way to reach those who could most benefit from Beacons. Our funders also valued the successful community schools-based model the Beacon Centers brought to their partner schools and communities.
The Results of Our Work:
After dozens of focus groups, interviews, steering committee retreats, funder meetings, and rigorous data analysis, we have identified a model for expanding the Beacon’s reach and impact that has equity as a primary focus. The Beacons will focus on targeting investment in the highest need Elementary and K-8 Schools and expand to all Middle Schools in SFUSD, growing the model.