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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Deliquency Prevention, Juvenile Offender rehabilitation, Educational and Vocational programs

Geographic areas served: Fillmore Western Addition, San Francisco

Programs: GED school for youth 17-18; 36 graduates/year and a Life Skills afternoon class known as "GED Plus". New Directions Employment Program; 300 youth/year served. BT Express

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I have visited or participated in other programs, I feel like I am part of the herd. Not at Success Centers--they are like family! I am greeted with a warm smile like an ole friend I haven't seen in a while. The staff are very resourceful and never over promise. I have appreciated their offerings on virtual platforms, but it feels good to know the doors are always open (literally). Today, I am proud to say I have not one, but two jobs and well on my way of doing something I have dreamed of. --ALT

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with success centers for almost a year now and I get more impressed with the staff day by day. I love the work they do and their commitment to our youth.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered over the last couple of years and became a board member a year ago. I have never seen so much dedication with results in a non-profit organization. Success Centers offer services to empower marginalized people within the Bay Area Community through education, employment in various fields and to explore one’s own creativity through multiple arts programs. Success Centers continues to operate during this pandemic and does walk the walk. The staff is truly inspiring with their expertise and care to provide equity and community.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Board of Directors of Success Centers because I am inspired by Liz Jackson-Simpson and her team's dedication to empower neighbors who are living in difficult circumstances through education, employment and art. Knowing that any day can provide a breakthrough or a setback, Success Centers staff have gone the extra mile to provide services and events during COVID. I appreciate their innovation and determination to make a difference for people who have been overlooked.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Success Centers continues to inspire me as a Board member. They provided services during COVID-19 to the most vulnerable populations and continued to innovate to ensure that their students would continue learning. Their mission is at the forefront of every decision they make. One of the best non-profits in the Bay!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Success Centers for several years and have loved every moment of it. The staff, the clients, and the work they do together is truly life changing. 10/10

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Success Centers as collaborative partner for over 15 years. The work they do in the community is so vital, and they do it so well. Their staff cares deeply about those they serve and understands (often personally) the kinds of struggles their clients face towards achieving their goals. I can't say enough about the work they do and feel privileged to have been able to work together for so many years. Go Success Centers!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The impact of the work is in the name of the organization itself: success. As a board member, I have witnessed it first hand. Success Centers helps marginalized young people realize life-changing (and life-affirming) education and employment goals. Through arts programming, young people also find a voice and embrace their expressive potential. The work is complex and challenging, and yet Success Centers' achievements continue to mount at remarkable rate -- so much so that other entities, both public and private, look toward Success Centers as a model. The staff is one of the best I have ever known in over 30 years of nonprofit experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be part of Success Center’s playwriting mentor program. As a mentor, I can find no way describe the joy of watching an at-risk youth finding their way to write a story that matters to them, even if the story is a difficult one, and it’s all due to the curriculum that was carefully developed for the program.

Even more inspiring is to see the young writer’s face when professional actors first bring his/her words to life in unexpected ways during rehearsals.

And when the writers’ families arrive and watch the plays performed, there is such catharsis and healing. I am grateful to play a role in such a beautiful moment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Success Center for years, and later became a member of its Board, and I am now its Board Chair. Our agency focuses on transitional youth and economically marginalized communities. We provide job training and placement, education services including turning out the highest number of GED students, and the arts which aids our literacy efforts. We are respected by our local communities, the criminal justice system (our agency was initially started by Superior Court judges) and a link between different government agencies and the community including SF's Office of Economic * Workforce Dev.

1 Stefano A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer tutor helping kids with Math, English and other subjects at Juvenile Hall for 5 years. I think Success Center SF (formerly Each One Reach One) does a great job empowering incarcerated youth and showing them the value of constant commitment toward reaching tangible goals. Some of my students had never received individual academic attention and have been very grateful. Two thumbs up for SCSF!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support Success Center of San Francisco because they offer relevant and practical help to people who have been disadvantaged by the machinations of the juvenile and criminal justice systems. SCSF helps them complete their education, get jobs, and develop the skills they need to be successful and fulfilled.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Success Center has helped hundreds of unemployed people get trained, find jobs and thrive. It's changed their lives! I have seen it for myself. Young as well as older people getting training in the hospitality field - some of whom received employment offers while they were still going through their training. It was wonderful seeing their happy faces at their graduation from the Hospitality training program!