San Francisco Children Get Exercise and Build Life Skills

Community initiative to increase participation in youth sports

Dates of Program: January 1999 to August 2006

Field of Work: Reducing substance abuse and improving the health and safety of children

Synopsis of the Work: After School: Connecting Children at Risk With Responsible Adults to Help Reduce Youth Substance Abuse and Other Health-Compromising Behaviors was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that helped develop intermediary organizations in Boston, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area in order to create citywide systems of after-school programs.

Story Told: The Tenderloin Youth Sports Initiative gave low-income children living in San Francisco's downtown Tenderloin neighborhood a way to exercise (e.g., ice skating, bowling, football, and basketball) and build life skills. San Francisco's intermediary organization, Team-Up for Youth, funded the Bay Area Women's and Children's Center to establish the initiative. Read the sidebar to learn more.