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Causes: Children & Youth, Community Recreational Centers, Sports, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Jamestown community center provides educational, recreational, social and community services to the youth and parents in the mission district of san francisco. The center's mission is to mobilize the resources of families, neighborhood residents, and other community members to help young people realize their full potential as responsible and empowered members of society.

Results: For over 35 years, Jamestown has been providing learning opportunities and safe spaces for low-income Mission District youth. Most recently, as a result of Jamestown’s long history of success, the city of San Francisco has identified Jamestown as one of five “Anchor Institutions.” This prestigious designation will allow Jamestown to expand its capacity to serve youth and their families with even greater depth and success.

Target demographics: Jamestown fulfills its mission by annually providing 500 youth, ages 6 to 18, with a full range of educational enrichment, academic tutoring, leadership, employment, sports, and teen guidance programs. Jamestown’s youth represent the low-income, racially and ethnically diverse community in which they live and attend school.  Participants are 88% Latino/a, 6% African American, 2% Multi-racial, 1% Asian American, 1% Filipino/a, 1% Caucasian, and 1% Native American.  To ensure that all neighborhood youth can participate in Jamestown’s activities regardless of their families’ financial circumstances, all programs are provided free of charge.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Mission District, San Francisco

Programs: For over thirty-five years, the jamestown community center has been providing learning opportunities and safe space for low-income youth in san francisco's mission district. Jamestown fulfills its mission by annually providing 500 six-to-eighteen year olds with a full range of educational enrichment, academic tutoring, leadership, employment, sports and teen guidance programs. Brain soup - after-school art, dance, cooking, and theater classes with an emphasis on developing reading and writing skills for third to fifth graders. Summer playhouse - summer camp for elementary school youth with a focus on arts education including dance, theater and art, as well as sports and recreation. After-school explorations (ase) - after-school dance, cooking and martial arts classes for middle school youth. The classes help young people develop leadership skills, learn about their own and other cultures/backgrounds, and work together. The summer voyage - a summer program that helps youth develop their leadership and decision-making skills through projects designed and implemented by the youth themselves. The cut (community uniting teens) - paid cooking internships for high school youth. One on one tutoring - college students matched with youth in third through twelfth grades for individual tutoring. Teaching apprentices program (tap) - on the job training and workshops for high-school age youth interested in learning tutoring. Youth in charge - leadership corps that helps jamestown management with program planning and fundraising, and represents the organization in the community. League sports - soccer, baseball, and softball teams that compete in city-wide leagues. Drop-in rec centers - supervised after-school recreation at two local public schools. Treehouse - guidance program for young men designed to address prevention of risky behavior, such as sexual activity, drug and alcohol use, and gang activity. Services include social support groups, clinical case management, and prevention and education programs. Convivencia - monthly meeting for parents to organize workshops that address child-rearing issues and to design activities for families throughout the year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a von=lunteer for over 20 years from the time Jamestown had one half-time staff serving 15 local kids off the street. It has since grown into an organization serving hundreds of youth in the Mission District without losing it's grassroots and neighborhood based focus. I have seen elementary school kids grow into responsible high school teens and then into young adults with an education and a future because of Jamestown's work. There are very few organizations that combine the professional delivery of services with the connection to community.



Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Jamestown I get to see first-hand how this organization positively impacts young children and their families. It is wonderful to see the children thrive through Jamestown's after-school and summer programs. This past Spring I was able to see the Jamestown children perform in a talent show. The children were confident, talented, organized and very entertaining. Many of the parent's came to watch their children perform and the auditorium was packed. The room was filled with arts and crafts projects that the children had created themselves and the music and dance was vibrant. It was a wonderful evening and just a small example of Jamestown's positive impact on children and their families. Jamestown is a model organization and I am thankful to be a part of it.



Rating: 5

I have been involved with Jamestown for five years and I feel confident that every dollar I give or solicit is well spent in the community helping kids and their families meet their potential. Programs grow and change based on the community needs and staff evolve to meet the challenge. It is truly a unique community benefit!