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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood. United Playaz is a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization. We provide a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.

Results: United Playaz is a violence prevention and youth development organization that has worked in San Francisco for 20 years. The UP Clubhouse is located in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa district. Our dedicated team share similar backgrounds with the youth we serve, and we work with the key insight that communities prosper from within. We provide our kids with a safe and positive environment in which they can grow. Our goal is to maintain a consistent ‘home’ that most of our kids lack in other facets of their daily lives. Our kids feel liberated when given a personal sense of security from those they can trust. Youth have the opportunity to grow from our foundation of love and support. The youth that gather at UP are very diverse; Samoan, African-American, Latino, Asian, White, and multi-racial youth are encouraged to break barriers, recognize their similarities, and form friendships.

Target demographics: keep them healthy and safe

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500

Geographic areas served: youth

Programs: In-School Violence Prevention, After-School Programs, Case Management, After-Care & Re/Entry services, Diversion, TAY Academic Enrichment & Workforce Development, Street Outreach, and Civic Engagement opportunities and Recreation.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization does the bidding of its donors, this includes protesting competing businesses, hurting small business ownerss and not focusing on the youth. Terrible leadership, corrupt AF!

3 Ian Andrew J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am fascinated by the organization and involvement the United Playaz has done to influence the youth into better situations than what they were currently involved in. I see many reviews on this site that clearly are very liberal people, who would prefer imprisoning the youth than them receiving tough love. I see things differently. The space is warm and welcoming, they feed well over 600 kids per day, they speak to the kids, they reach out to the youth detention centers, and overall it is very selfless what they do, they keep their behavior at a high level, and most of the volunteer staff speak very educated and overall this is a program that should be nationwide. I look forward to donating my time with UP!

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am attending a class over at CCSF and I noticed that a Latina was wearing one of their black hooded sweaters that read United Playaz on it, she was just one of the most loud mouth and most disrespectful person in my class, everyday she wore that sweater and everyday she parades that sweater around with pride, it just makes me realize what this ignorant young broad was taught by the mentors here, to be rude and condescending to treat certain people not like herself with indifference and discrimination. It's disgusting, I have lost faith in non profits like this long ago, you can't just say what your for and then those that go out representing you are carrying on in the opposite path, I mean teach your youth better so they don't become the downfall of your organization practice what you say is right and follow through instead of craving publicity and funding for just simply lying. Why are the youth coming out of this non profit coming out of it like a bunch of bullies. I mean majoring in social work, i understand what it means to teach others that their is hope in life by being respectful and aware of others, those characteristics is what makes a positive person do well in this world, but being mean, loud and just plain terrible towards others, those kinds of behavior leads to nothing by destruction and retribution in society, Teach them that instead of teaching them to be a bunch of weed smoking, ghetto, thug life next generation failures.

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

Overall, not the best youth out reach program, there were just so many noticeable behaviors that I believed was inappropriate for the mentors of this non profit. Just seemed not to be the kind of environment I wanted to be in. Felt like their philosophy about life was contradicting to the way they lived their lives, couldn't learn anything from these people, they only thing I've learned was never to follow these losers.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I just realized what United Playaz is, as by chance I walked by and saw one of several guys that jumped me the week prior. This organization seems like it is more of a harbor for gang members, and the simple fact that I was severely assaulted by those who attend or are involved with the organization, directly conflicts with their Motto of "Silence the Violence." I am proceeding with legal action and intend to make sure the police realize that despite the message of peace, there are violent assailants that are using the "Clubhouse" as a home base.

Review from Guidestar

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is not what I expected. Through my experience as a parent bringing my son here was the thing that I had most regret about. Why would I put this out there it's because most of these people that run this have some views I just don't agree with and my son was acting in a way that really upset me. He was putting up hand signs like he was some kind of street thug and talking in such a way I had to pull him to the side and correct this behavior he was influenced from by being in this program and it figures most of the people here are from prisons and gangs and yes they are teaching these kids that education is a value in society, but all this hand signals and slang talk and sagging pants and oversized t-shirts isn't really cutting it for me. I want my kid to be professional and most of all act like a civilized individual in society. What was really striking was how my son started acting like a trouble maker, such as lying and spreading rumors about his other classmates that were completely out of line. I sat down and talked with him and he said some of the boys here taught him that. I immediately pulled my son out. Being a single mom and knowing that the streets my over take my son, I thought maybe this program would prevent this and for some reason it is doing the opposite of that. Now I don't know the men that run this so called organization, but being a client from the past I was really disappointed. I asked them what was the problem with my son being so influenced by them and bingo, these men talk and act like thugs, it baffled me how these people could run a program and fight for criminals like Tookie Williams, or Oscar Grant and other people that had divine intervention from societies retribution. One of the men I over heard talking mentioned how he hated cops in San Francisco, and the only reason anyone would hate the law is if they are prone to breaking it and being over all guilty. Overall, not the best place to bring your kids. Stay away from this program!

Review from Guidestar