San Francisco, CA 94124
415-822-1585/Fax: 415-822-6443

Walk-In Hours

10:30 AM–8 PM


T-Train, and the Muni 23 and 44.

The Foundation operates a range of services for youth who need help with substance use or re-entering the community from the juvenile justice system, or who simply need help (along with their families and caregivers) to improve communication and build life skills. We are expert at helping families find the type and level of service that meets their needs.

Our four core programs include:

Youth Moving Forward (YMF)

YMF provides coordinated substance abuse treatment to youth ages 12 through 18. Services include age-relevant individual and family counseling, as well as supportive groups. Our staff focuses on issues and problems that impact youth who live, hang out, work, or go to school in San Francisco, with a focus on the southeastern sector of the city.

We use Motivational Counseling to help clients determine how ready they are for treatment, and cognitive behavioral interventions to help them set and achieve goals for change. Our groups help young people build life skills such as resisting peer pressure, and managing stress and anger. We also work with families and caregivers to make sure they are linked to other needed services: mental health counseling, primary care, child care, legal aid, educational/vocational services, and many others.

YMF conducts fun and healthy activities like field trips and college tours, and we work closely with school personnel to accept program referrals and to make sure our clients are progressing in school.

Youth Moving Forward is certified by the California State Department of Health Services.
Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Strengthening Families

The Foundation uses the nationally and internationally recognized Strengthening Families Program (SFP) to help families improve parenting skills and relationships, reduce problem behaviors such as delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse in youth, and to improve life skills and school performance. Our groups involve youth 12-16 years of age, along with their parents/caregivers, in 14 weeks of evidence-based sessions. The sessions use family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience, reduce risk factors, and prevent problems down the line. The Foundation accepts referrals from parents/caregivers, school staff, community based organizations, the SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; the Juvenile Probation Department, and more.

Program Hours: One evening weekly, 6 to 8 PM

ROSIE Project

ROSIE (Restoring Our Sisters in Empowerment) works with girls and young women, ages 13-25, who need ongoing, hands-on support to make positive life choices in school, the community, and with court obligations. Many of these young women are re-entering school or the community from the criminal justice system. They may need coaching with life skills such as anger management or conflict resolution. Our case management services can help them (and their families or caregivers) find resources to work more effectively with school staff, obtain a high school degree/GED, find employment opportunities, establish safe and stable housing, obtain health care and counseling services, improve their parenting skills, and reduce recidivism through positive, pro-social activities. These comprehensive services help support a successful return to community living.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM

Evening Reporting Center (ERC)

The ERC is an alternative to juvenile detention that provides supervised, structured, and positive educational and recreational activities every weekday. This program supports youth ages 12-18 by teaching life skills, providing opportunities for leadership, and building resiliency and self-esteem. Ongoing group interventions focus on strategies that help youth avoid dangerous, harmful behaviors.

Interventions include a six-week life skills course, and a focus on improving capacity to succeed in school. ERC staff work closely with juvenile probation staff to ensure participation. We pick youth up from school or home to ensure ERC attendance. Participants also eat meals together and participate in fun, pro-social activities to help them build alternative social support networks.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 4 to 8 PM