DCYF partners with the school district, city departments, City College of San Francisco and other institutions on numerous policy and planning efforts. Some of the department’s major partnership efforts are described below:
Led or Co-Led by DCYF
- Expanded Learning Collaborative. The Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of Out of School Time for K‐12 Youth, formerly known as the Afterschool for All effort, aims to provide a diversity of quality out of school time learning opportunities for all youth in Kindergarten to 12th grade who want them. The Collaborative is co-led by DCYF and SFUSD and focuses on policy and systems-level efforts to increase access and enhance quality of out of school time services citywide.
- Mayor's Youth Jobs+. Mayor's Youth Jobs+ is a city-wide program to help young adults (ages 16-24) find employment. The goal for 2016 is to provide 5,000 jobs and work opportunities. This initiative is a partnership between the City of San Francisco, United Way Bay Area, the DCYF, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Unified School District, youth-serving nonprofits and the San Francisco business community.
- Transitional Age Youth Initiative. TAYSF is a community partnership led by DCYF that works closely with public agencies, young adults and non-profit service providers with the goal to create a coordinated system of supports in education, employment, health/wellness and housing services so that San Francisco’s 8,000 most vulnerable youth and young adults can enjoy a healthy transition to adulthood. TAYSF prioritizes its work on the transition needs of former foster youth, justice system-involved youth, youth with disabilities, parenting youth, homeless youth, immigrant and undocumented youth, and youth who have not completed high school.
Efforts DCYF Participates In
- Adolescent Health Working Group. The Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) is a coalition of committed youth, adults, and representatives of public and private agencies whose mission is to significantly advance the health and well being of youth and young adults in San Francisco and beyond.
- Child Care Planning & Advisory Council. The Child Care Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) creates and drives the child care and early education agenda to meet the needs of children birth to age 12 and their families in San Francisco.
- Family Support Network. The San Francisco Family Support Network is a partnership of stakeholders in the Family Support field: families, community-based organizations, public departments, and private foundations. The mission of the Network is to work collectively to achieve quality programs, coordination of resources, and policies that support all San Francisco families. The main activities of the network are: coordination of service providers, policy & planning, promotion of best practices, and training and technical assistance.
- Food Security Task Force. The Food Security Task Force (FSTF) was established in 2005 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and charged with the responsibility of creating a city-wide plan for addressing food security. The group tracks vital data regarding hunger and food security in San Francisco, including the utilization and demand for federal food programs, community based organizations' meal programs and programs targeting particular populations. The FSTF educates the public about the role of food security in public health and community development, and advocates for policies and programs that improve food security. Current members of the FSTF include community based organizations and government agencies addressing hunger in San Francisco.
- Kindergarten to College. The City and County of San Francisco's Kindergarten to College program gives SFUSD kindergartners college savings accounts and contributes funds to the accounts throughout students' school careers based on deposits made into the account by participants. The goal: a 12-year head start towards college tuition.
- Our Children, Our Families Council. The Our Children, Our Families Council is a 42-member advisory body co-led by the Mayor and the San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent. The Council is charged with promoting coordination, increasing accessibility, and enhancing the effectiveness of programs and services for children, youth, and families – especially those with the greatest needs.
- Shape Up San Francisco. The Shape Up San Francisco Coalition is a multidisciplinary body convened to address the epidemic of chronic disease through primary prevention and environmental strategies, with an emphasis on physical activity and nutrition. Policy efforts are focused on three main priorities: a) increasing physical activity, b) increasing access to healthy food, and c) decreasing access to sugar-sweetened drinks. Their mission is to increase the awareness of and opportunities for increased physical activity and improved nutrition where people live, play, work and learn.