A passion for foster youth and deep personal connections came together seven years ago to make Friends of SF ILSP a reality. It was my privilege to serve as founding board president. Our goal was to increase opportunities for former foster youth to succeed in school, to find work and to live in safe, stable housing by helping fill the gaps in funding available to them. What means the most to me are the many inspiring young people we supported who did not give up on themselves and stayed true to their dreams in spite of the obstacles - youth with no family, young mothers and fathers, those taking care of grandparents and aunts, youth working hard to become artists, lawyers, writers, car mechanics, accountants, fashion designers, psychologists, musicians, social workers, computer experts, and hairdressers. Often all a youth needed was someone to pay their security deposit to enable them to rent an apartment, to buy a plane ticket to get them to the college in the East where they had earned a full scholarship, to help with tuition, buy books, or even pay a dentist bill. Through the hard work of a small, all volunteer staff, our organization has been able to provide nearly 200 youth with this type of support. More than 30 youth have gone on national college tours and been inspired to continue their education. Numerous youth have attended board sponsored graduation and holiday celebrations. I am fully committed to this organization and, most importantly, our members are fully committed to these amazing youth - doing everything they can to provide that extra support to those who just need a little boost in order to succeed.
As a newbie to San Francisco, I wanted to get re-involved in the non-profit world and feel like I was making a difference. Upon reading about the Friends of SFILSP, I was instantly amazed at the large impact a smaller organization was making in foster children's lives. I was lucky enough to be granted the honor of serving on the board and it's great to see the passion in everyone's faces as they look for new and innovative ways to help kids achieve their dreams. Such a fantastic organization with a beautiful mission deserves this recognition.
When I was looking for a non-profit organization to get involved with, I knew I wanted one that had a clear mission to help youth in need, a committed team, and a proven track record of maximizing the use of every dollar donated. I could not be more pleased with my discovery of Friends of San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program ("Friends"). Driven by an all-volunteer board, Friends provides emancipating youth with grants and scholarships that help the youth stay in school and pursue their dreams. I had a chance at a recent event to meet some of the youth that this organization serves and hear many of their stories - so much determination to reach their goals even amidst devastating challenges. The founders of Friends are phenomenal and have poured more than just time and money into this organization - they pour their heart and soul. Like the youth that Friends supports, they are an inspiration! I am proud to be involved with Friends, and believe them to be very deserving of a top-rating. Easiest review I've ever given.