John Muir

Located at John Muir Elementary School,  the Western Addition Beacon Center managed by Buchanan YMCA, provides quality programming for youth and adults. Our mission is to enrich the lives of community members and to ensure the healthy development of young people.

We offer AM Care, a wide array of lunch time and after-school programming, including academic support, college preparation, computer and media technology, cultural arts and events, recreational activities that foster mental and physical health, and referral-based case management. We also recognize the importance of family and adult services and work to serve the entire community.

The Beacon strives to inspire youth and uplift the community through our ability and willingness to address the most critical community needs.






LaSaundra Owens, Beacon Director

Born and raised in the Bay Area, LaSaundra is a vibrant character whose passion is to enhance the lives of young people by bridging innovative and engaging youth development strategies with tangible educational outcomes. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Easy Bay and currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Management with a concentration in Public Administration at the University of Phoenix. LaSaundra has been with YMCA of San Francisco for 14 years, where she climbed the ladder to become Beacon Director of the Western Addition Beacon Center at John Muir Elementary School.


380 Webster Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117
Neighborhood: Western Addition
Phone: 415-241-6335
Fax: 415-431-9938