The San Francisco Beacon Initiative seeks to create safe, after-school community centers for children, youth and their families. Each Beacon Center tailors its programs to best serve the distinctive needs of its neighborhood. Each center also is able to draw on the resources created by a citywide public/private collaboration. The result: eight vibrant community centers, housed in San Francisco public schools, that offer after-school classes, academic tutoring, sports programs and other services to nearly 5,300 participants each year.
The Haas, Jr. Fund continues to work closely with the City's Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, the School District and other private funders to provide leadership for the initiative. In 1994, the Fund helped found this program, and from 1994 to 2011, it has made grants totaling more than $2.6 million to help expand programming and strengthen the initiative.