UP’s programs provide youth with adult support, academic enrichment, and leadership skills to prevent them from entering and re-entering the justice system. Our programs reframe our kids’ perceptions, attitudes and beliefs about their future and the positive effect they can have upon their community. Youth gain the knowledge and empowerment needed to tackle daily exposure to social and cultural pressures.
UP has a presence at 7 high schools in San Francisco in order to provide in-school violence prevention and support. This program provides youth with a way to get to know our organization while developing leadership skills and participating in violence prevention events.
UP’s after-school programs provide a safe haven for elementary and middle school youth. Our kids have access to homework help, life skills workshops, and other recreational activities. There are also field trips throughout the school year and summer.
UP provides support to citywide crisis response teams, as well as street level outreach to prevent and reduce violent activities. UP staff members are on call 24 hours a day. No matter what, there is always an adult to help our kids.
UP provides year round individual case management services to youth geared towards reducing cycles of destructive behavior. We improve our kids overall health by increasing their knowledge and access to ancillary services through a well-established network of partners and referral services. We have taken on 375 case-management clients so far.
UP provides skill development and workforce training, academic assistance with the GED and HSE, as well as college enrollment services and referrals to vocational training and other employment programs. We ensure our kids that they will become self-sufficient adults. Currently, UP has assisted more than 100 kids who have completed their GED, enrolled in college, or completed vocational training.