San Francisco Beacon Initiative

Boy playing on the yard at Beacon Center Photo by Molly Decoudreaux

Turning public schools into community hubs

From the start, the Haas, Jr. Fund has been a leading supporter of a groundbreaking, citywide effort to create safe, vibrant after-school centers for kids.

Dance lessons that teach a passion for movement. Computer classes that give students a leg up on tech careers. Homework assistance and tutoring that help students meet academic challenges. At San Francisco’s nine Beacon Centers, students and their families can find all of this and more.

The idea behind the centers is simple: what kids do outside of school can shape their character and empower their lives. After-school opportunities can help young people light a path toward a more prosperous life, and lift up families and communities.

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative offers safe, vibrant after-school community centers for children, youth and their families in nine San Francisco neighborhoods. Housed in public school facilities, each Beacon Center draws on the resources of a citywide public/private collaboration to offer activities and services tailored for the students it serves. These centers reach more than 5,300 participants each year.

The Haas, Jr. Fund helped found the Beacon Initiative in 1994, and since then has made grants totaling more than $3.8 million to help expand programming and ensure long-term impact. The Fund continues to work closely with the City's Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, the San Francisco United School District and other private funders to provide leadership for the initiative, with the goal of expanding opportunity and prosperity in San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Learn more about the Beacon Initiative and the nine community centers here.