Services to Youth
The mission of the the Services to Youth (STY) facet is to implement aligned , integrated and transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development and mentoring needs of youth. The goals of the the national initiatives include:
Closing the achievement gap with the intent of preparing our youth for the global workforce as healthy citizens
Promote the integration of a health and wellness component focused on youth, families and communities in STY facet programming
Design and promote mentoring programs to support youth
Expand and support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and promote the integration the arts (STEAM)
BAYVIEW HILL GARDENS - STEAM WORKSHOPS
The San Francisco Chapter of the Links, Incorporated have developed a partnership with Bayview Hill Gardens. Bayview Hill Gardens is the only building dedicated to formerly homeless families in its neighborhood, which has the second highest homelessness rate in the City. Its opening moved many families off waiting lists for overtaxed shelters and has reduced pressure on emergency services.
Formerly homeless families and transition-aged youth are provided stable new homes with "welcome kits" of furnishings and supplies. The 115 kids living in the building receive healthy snacks, homework help, after-school care, and chaperoned field trips. Throughout the 2018-2019 program year, the San Francisco Links hosted several STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Workshop for the students who attend the after school program. Stations were set up for students to make slime, and other cool projects. Each workshop focused on a practical application of STEAM.
WINTER WONDERLAND - DECEMBER 2018
Winter Wonderland gives families and community members a way to gather and celebrate the winter holidays. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, ice skating, playing in the snow and visiting Santa. The Bayview Underground Food Scene Holiday Market offers local food choices at reasonable prices as well as gift & craft vendors. Local musicians provide live performances. Children can participate in arts activities, complete an arts passport, visit Santa and receive a filled stocking.
The event is modeled after German holiday markets, featuring hot spiced wine, sausages and other holiday favorites from abroad and from Bayview.
San Francisco Links Chapter is a valued partner and in 2018 created a Santa's Workshop where over 150 youth and parents had an opportunity to make ornaments, holiday decorations, and hot chocolate gifts at over eight stations.
BAYVIEW HILL GARDENS - ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOOK & TOY DRIVE
In partnership with the Arts Facet, on November 27th Giving Tuesday, the San Francisco Links provided gift cards, books and toys focused on STEAM, to the youth residents of Bayview Gardens. Gifts were also created for the parents. Link Jill Cowan hosted the evening of the drive, where members wrapped presents, books and made gifts for the parents.
BMAGIC ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY
Since 2004, BMAGIC offers children and youth, ages 5-18, new backpacks filled with essential school supplies to celebrate the beginning of the new school year. The event also serves as a community building activity where children, youth and families come together and learn about the various services CBOs in BVHP provide as well as other city agencies and
For several years, the San Francisco Links have been a community partner, partnering with Colgate-Palmolive "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" program to bring oral health education and oral health care kits to over 200 youngsters in attendance.