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)
Given the number of foster youth who age out of care and end up at best, struggling to at worst, homeless, it's important for the Friends of the SFILSP to exist. The people are on the all-volunteer board are amazing and tireless in their efforts to ensure that the transition to "adulthood" for most of SF's youth is as successful as possible! I love the work of this group and think they are incredible!