CYC is known locally for:
Our 50 years of unmatched experience working with issues related to behavioral health, intergenerational engagement, academic and economic success, racial harmony and equity.
Our expertise working with schools, the business sector, local government, and community institutions to inspire and support youth success.
Our highly engaged, hardworking, and effective staff and community of volunteers.
Being a trusted, top-of-mind youth ally within local government, the business community, communities of color throughout the city, and with youth themselves.
We have deep presence throughout SF, including city-wide programs and targeted initiatives in the Tenderloin, Richmond, Bayview, Chinatown, and Sunset: all neighborhoods with deep, multi-faceted cultures, histories, challenges, and opportunities.
The CYC main office is in the Tenderloin—a neighborhood known for very high poverty—so that youth and families can receive behavioral health services easily and without any fear of stigma.
Chinatown is the heart of the local Chinese community. CYC is a leader and visible community partner in the neighborhood, known for our many events and activities that benefit youth and families.
CYC programs in Bayview include our advocacy work via the Bayview Youth Advocates program, historical bus tours, community events, census education and assistance, and disaster preparedness.
Our CYC workforce development and community services in the Richmond are tuned to the unique needs of the neighborhood, which has high poverty and ethnic diversity but not the density of resources as some other SF communities.
Our long-term presence in the Richmond has enabled CYC to expand throughout the west side of the city—providing vital school-based services in the Sunset, building collaborations, and participating in neighborhood events .
Our deep roots in the local Asian Pacific Islander community have given us the credibility, understanding, and skill to work with the most important issues facing all San Francisco youths and the city as a whole.
Our program model engages the whole family, and the whole community, expanding possibilities for connection and belonging for each individual youth, and within and across neighborhoods.
The city has repeatedly called on CYC as a unifier and advocate for youth across the city and in specific neighborhoods, providing culturally appropriate services across racial, social, and economic divides.