Youth services


Through culturally appropriate community-based services, MNC Youth programs nurture positive change in the lives of the highest risk youth and their families in the communities they live in. We promote cultural affirmation, social awareness, and community building to empower young people with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to achieve their fullest potential.

Mission Neighborhood Centers Youth Program Values

  • Youth first – our priority is their well-being
  • We welcome youth as they are, embracing their diversity and strengths
  • We promote respect among youth, staff, elders and the greater community
  • We never give up on anybody, often offering multiple opportunities for change
  • We’re intentional in our commitment to serve the highest risk youth and families
  • Based on personal life experiences, we offer an environment of compassion, empathy and solidarity
  • We utilize a culturally based approach to improve the quality of life of youth and their families
  • We’re committed to building leadership from within by hiring former participants
  • We practice personal responsibility and accountability by serving as positive role models in our community
  • We promote solidarity by committing to fight against racism, poverty and all forms of oppression
  • We create collective community solutions to real life issues
  • We embrace the “Si se puede”, “Yes we can” model which fosters personal and collective empowerment and community engagement
  • We never give up on our participants, often offering multiple opportunities for change

MNC’s Youth Programs provide comprehensive quality culturally appropriate programming to more than 1,300 youth ages 6-25 annually at our Precita Center, Mission Girls Center, Bernal Dwellings Center, and Mission Beacon Center at Everett Middle School.

  • After school and summer camp programs with academic enrichment, cultural arts, social justice leadership development, health and fitness
  • Evening safe haven and street outreach
  • Health education and violence prevention education and services
  • Case management and family support services
  • Alternatives to juvenile detention
  • GED exam preparation
  • Gender specific girl services and young men’s groups
  • Special events including Dia de los Muertos, International Women’s Day, Carnaval, and other cultural holidays and community celebrations.

Many of our youth clients are from low-income and/or immigrant families and are at high risk of dropping out of school, being victims or perpetuators of violence, falling into the juvenile justice system, or becoming teen parents. The Youth programs vary and include multiple opportunities for youth and young adults to become empowered individuals.



Precita Valley
Precita Valley Community Center
provides after school, evening and summer programs to youth ages 6-25. Services include academic assistance, health education, cultural enrichment, violence prevention, recreation, youth leadership, and GED classes.  Precita Center also serves as an evening Safe Haven, offering a safe place for neighborhood high risk youth and young adults to participate in healthy activities and connect with vital services.  A young father’s group is offered to support positive parenting relationships. Precita provides case management and advocacy services for youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Caseworkers plan alternatives to detention and advocate for young people’s involvement in services. Precita operates San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department’s Home Detention program, a court-mandated alternative to detention program in which case workers supervise youth between court dates, providing curfew checks, school checks, ensuing stay-away orders, and ensuring terms of their pre-trial probationary period are not violated.

MNC Family Resource Center at Bernal Dwellings
is a partner in the Mission Family Resource Collaborative (MFRC).  The purpose of the MFRC is to combine the efforts and staff of the partner agencies to develop prevention, early intervention, and intensive services which reinforce family preservation with families residing in the Mission District. Collaborating partners include Instituto Familiar de la Raza, La Raza Community Resource Center, and Central American Resource Center.  The MNC FRC at Bernal Dwellings sponsors an annual family trip to Disneyland for program participants.

The MNC FRC at Bernal Dwellings provides a community space within the public housing development and provides family support services to include family advocacy, after school academic and enrichment activities, food pantry, GED classes, cultural events, and family activities for residents and neighbors. The MNC FRC at Bernal Dwellings will sponsor the 4th Annual Disneyland trip in June.

Mission Girls
Mission Girls is our gender specific program – girls only. The programs and activities of Mission Girls focus on empowering the next generation of women by offering services that will educate and empower them in a safe space. Mission Girls serves 300 girls annually, 9-25 years of age who come from communities experiencing significant barriers. Clients are predominately Latina youth and girls of color who are the hardest to reach girls and who are or may have experienced trauma, violence, discrimination, and poverty. Our programming consists of after school and summer programming, in-school violence prevention girls’ circles, evening services, health education, cultural enrichment, career exploration, college awareness, youth leadership, and LGBTQ services.

MNC's Youth
Mission Beacon at Everett Middle School
is part of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and is a comprehensive community center within a school.  The Mission Beacon is open weekdays, evenings, and some weekends.  The center offers a comprehensive and diverse after school program which includes academic, enrichment, and recreation activities with an emphasis on social justice.

After school activities include academic support, sports clubs, skateboarding, biking, flag football, soccer, experiential field trips, family cultural celebrations, and community activism projects.
Evening activities include female and male basketball, youth futsol, triangle martial arts, yoga, and anti-violence communication classes.



More about Youth Programs

Beacon Initiative

Department of Children, Youth and Their Families

Department on the Status of Women

First 5 San Francisco Children and Families Commission

SF Mayor’s Office of Housing- Community Development Division

San Francisco Women Against Rape

Center for Young Women’s Development

CHALK: Youth Funding Youth Ideas

Goodwill Industries: Back on Track Program

Southwest Airlines

MNC has a special partnership with Southwest Airlines, the proud sponsor of Mission Neighborhood Centers and the Mission Girls, Girls’ Career Exploration program. Over 30 of our youth clients were able to participate in college and historical site tours in New York, Alabama & Georgia, or Washington D.C.. Airfare was made possible courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

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Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc., 362 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone: 415.206.7752