In addition to becoming a Braid mentor, there are a myriad of ways for you to support foster youth by getting involved with these other wonderful organizations—
Volunteer opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area
Edgewood Center supports youth and their families through life’s challenges with a full continuum of behavioral health services. Many of their clients are foster youth. They have many volunteer opportunities for local individuals and groups, including providing breakfast or dinner for their residential program, gardening, and leading recreational activities.
Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of San Francisco
The Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of San Francisco helps foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. SF ILSP works to ensure that all foster youth have the opportunity to experience a safe and supported transition from foster care. The services they offer are:
- individualized employment and education case management
- weekly independent living skills workshops
- fun events, parties, field trips and college tours
- permanency and family finding
- intensive educational case management for high school students
Foster Youth Services Program (FYS)
The San Francisco Unified School District’s Foster Youth Services Program (FYS) strives to address the unique educational needs of foster youth by working collaboratively with youth, caregivers, schools, placing agencies, and other service providers. The FYS Program focuses on five major goals:
- Academic Enhancement
- Educational Case Management
- Supportive Adult Recruitment
- Successful School Transitions
- Professional Development
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps
San Francisco Unified School District Healthy Choices AmeriCorps is launching a program to support disenfranchised students (including foster youth) with the help of positive supports at school, and is seeking energetic San Francisco community members to join us! Help strengthen mentoring programs and support positive school climate. An excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience in SF public schools, you will coordinate programs and activities in partnership with School Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers, Community Members and Partners.
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members in positive activities.
(414) 242-2615 | FarrellE@sfusd.edu
Volunteer opportunities in California
California Youth Connection (CYC)
California Youth Connection (CYC) has many ways to get involved. CYC is always in need of additional supporters, chapter volunteers (these are individuals/groups that may support a chapter by providing a meeting space or food for meetings), event volunteers and individuals wanting to join their fundraising committee.
Volunteer opportunities nationwide
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, work one-on-one with a foster youth to ensure s/he has every opportunity to develop into a healthy, successful adult. All the training and support you’ll need is provided and no special skills are required.
Foster Youth in Action
Foster Youth in Action (FYA) builds the skills of foster youth to organize and advocate for change. Through peer-to-peer leadership trainings, annual Leaders for Change conference, and coaching and assistance to supportive adults, their services also empower youth advocates to prepare for a successful future.
Foster parenting and adoption in the San Francisco Bay Area & Northern California
Human Services Agency of San Francisco
Phone: (415) 558-2200
A Better Way
Alternative Family Services
Bill Wilson Center
Foster parenting and adoption in California
California Department of Social Services
Uplift Family Services
Foster parenting and adoption nationwide
Child Welfare Information Gateway