Press Release: Community Youth Center of San Francisco Breaks Ground on the Richmond Community Hub
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – For over 30 years, the Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC) has championed underserved youth and families living and working in the Richmond District.
As part of an expansion plan, CYC purchased a building located at 952 Clement Street to grow programs and service in a neighborhood that is both ethnically and economically diverse. The Richmond Community Hub will be home to workforce development programs, a state-of-the art computer clubhouse, a shared community room for workshops and gatherings, administrative offices, and program space.
“CYC has done extraordinary work for the Richmond. I was happy to be their champion in Sacramento, securing $2.5 million in state funding for their new center. This investment will ensure the organization’s impact will be felt for generations to come,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).
San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed said, “I am so excited to celebrate the official groundbreaking of CYC’s new youth center right here in the heart of the Richmond District. CYC has provided essential services to our City’s youth and families for over 50 years, and today’s groundbreaking marks our commitment to bringing permanent services to the Westside.”
“Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is delighted to partner with CYC and the State to help support this project. CYC has been a community institution for over 50 years, and it’s so important that they now have a permanent home in the Richmond,” said MOHCD Director of Community Development Brian Cheu. “This building will be a hub for young people, seniors, and the entire Richmond community that relies on CYC to help them advance in their lives. MOHCD looks forward to many more years of collaboration with CYC.”
San Francisco District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan said, “Transforming this vacant storefront into the Richmond Community Hub will be a game-changer for how neighborhood residents and the community can access key services and programs in addressing emerging needs. Thank you to Community Youth Center for advancing this vision of building up a space – a permanent home – that works for and with youth, adults, and seniors to strengthen the safety net of the Richmond.”
Thomas Li, Public Policy Manager, Meta said, “We’re deeply grateful for the opportunity to support the Richmond Community Hub, as part of the $5 million commitment we made to support organizations—like the CYC—doing this type of impactful work. We look forward to seeing the project come to life, and seeing the multitude of ways in which it will benefit the local community.”
The groundbreaking event officially kicks off the launch of the public phase of a capital campaign for the new Hub. CYC has raised $3M of the $5M needed to bring the new center to life. To find out more information about the capital campaign and donor opportunities, please visit the campaign website.
For 50 years, CYC has provided the youth in San Francisco a sense of belonging and vital tools and experiences to succeed in life. CYC serves over 8,000 youth each year and is one of only a few agencies in San Francisco addressing the needs of a diverse population of low-income, high-need, and at-risk Asian Pacific Islander, Latinx, and African American youth. Our services include academic and college counseling, job placement and employment training, substance abuse and violence prevention education, crisis intervention and mediation, leadership development, and technology and computer training.