At The Crossroads
Rating: 5 stars 11 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 333 Valencia Street, Suite 320 San Francisco CA 94103 USA
Results: ATC has reached 5,200 young people, and has worked one-on-one with 975 youth in intensive counseling relationships.
Target demographics: * Almost all of our clients (98%) live in poverty * 77% are unemployed * 12% are immigrants, and 5% are monolingual Spanish speakers Ethnic background: * 51% African-American * 21% white * 18% Latino * 10% other ethnic and racial categories About 66% of our clients are male, 33% female, and 1% transgender
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
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I've seen how hard the staff here work to raise money and to provide services to the hardest to reach youths in San Francisco. They leverage volunteers, product donations and do a lot with what they have. Their staff are caring and passionate about helping youths on the street.
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I worked at At The Crossroads for a year, and aside from the great skills and super cool community of co-workers it provided, I think it was only really when I left ATC that I really appreciated how the ideas of nonjudgementalism and support extends not just to its clients but to its volunteers and staff members as well. We were empowered to join ATC in ways that were good fits for us, were given the skills we needed to adjust to our and the power to express and address challenges we faced. I'm learning now away from ATC that a lot of jobs - and a lot of life! - is fitting into other people's boxes (and in many cases being expected to be grateful that you have a box at all) and it's great to have been part of an organization that really values finding that good fit and respects that not everyone wants the same thing out of life or their job - be they a client, a volunteer, or a counselor. So even if other jobs and people don't give me that same respect in the rest of my life, because I got it at ATC I can now apply it to everything I do! So thanks for the memories, ATC! And the tools to make the life I want and be satisfied in it.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the way I'm able to honestly and openly express what I want in life
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
keep doing the same things it's doing with an eye on opening up new branches around the bay area when money allowed
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
their ability to see that everyone is different and respect that individuality - not just with clients but with everyone!
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
friendly, professional, dedicated, compassionate and cool as hell
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Move to a building that was especially designed for them and pay support people to sort and distribute all the great stuff for clients and open up satellites of their working model all across the country. Oh, and pay their amazing counselors and all their staff as much as accountants make!
Ways to make it better...
I had known at the beginning how to advocate for myself the way that ATC taught me to do - to know my limits and challenges and speak up for them
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
the needs of the clients will always outpace the size of the organization, so how to manage this challenge as unless government changes big time it can never really be solved
One thing I'd also say is that...
ATC is the coolest! I know I already said that, but it's so true it's worth saying again.
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