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Friends of the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: We believe young adults transitioning from foster care in San Francisco deserve to have the financial and emotional resources they need to build stability and success in their lives. Friends of SF ILSP fills gaps in the resources available to these young adults by providing grants and other opportunities in a manner that acknowledges their potential and their dignity.

Results: Since our inception in 2005, and with the help of any donors, Friends was able to support more than 170 recipients with over $190,000. In the future, we hope to expand our reach to provide further support these youth.

Target demographics: Youth emancipating from foster care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies depending on donations received and types of grants or scholarships given out. Also, how many emergency needs arise throughout the year (e.g. money to help with rent, basic school supplies/books, and travel to/from college)

Geographic areas served: San Francisco/Bay Area

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Friends of SF ILSP makes it possible for foster children to make ends meet as they pursue higher education. There are so much more expenses to consider besides tuition that most people do not consider and that is where Friends makes the magic possible. Students can focus on achieving their education without worrying about where they will live or when they will eat next. In addition, Friends contribute greatly to the emancipated youths by helping them celebrate their Christmas and high school graduations by giving them the appreciation and recognition they deserve. Please help us continue our drive in providing foster youths the opportunity to succeed given their disadvantages growing up.