Category Archives: Youth Stories

  1. Young people reaching their dreams at Larkin Street: Yesi

    Meet Yesi. Born in Ethiopia, she came to the U.S. to attend school, an impossibility in Ethiopia as the youngest child of a poor family. She was adopted by a foster family, but then kicked out for participating in a LGBTQ pride parade. With few friends and no family nearby, Yesi was suddenly homeless. After…

  2. Performing Arts Night 2016 – reserve your seat now!

    Larkin Street Youth Services Performing Arts Night Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00pm – 7:00pm Reception 7:00pm – 8:30pm Performances Morgan Auditorium 491 Post Street, San Francisco Please join us as talented Larkin Street Youth entertain friends, family and supporters with music, comedy, theater and more! Light refreshments will be served at the pre-show reception. And this year we…

  3. Photos from Larkin Street’s Queer Youth Space @ PRIDE

    Here is just a sampling of photos from the June 25/26 weekend at San Francisco’s PRIDE celebration that took place where young people gathered in Larkin Street’s Queer Youth Space. Located in Civic Center Plaza, the Queer Youth Space is a safe environment for youth to chill out, get some snacks, as well as participate…

  4. Podcast at Larkin Street with Your CAll on KALW

    This morning, KALW‘s Your Call, a live public affairs radio show based in San Francisco broadcasted live from Larkin Street’s headquarters at 134 Golden Gate Avenue in the Engagement and Community Center in the Tenderloin. Your Call is a live public affairs show airing on 91.7 FM KALW (Greater Bay Area) – an NPR affiliate station….

  5. Mindfulness – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

    “All Things Grow with Understanding” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995. Mindfulness is about being in the present moment instead of being lost in…

  6. How Can You Stop Violence? – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

    “How Can You Stop Violence?” was the question posed by a mourning client named Bruce on one of the powerful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995. The panel was done in remembrance of a…

  7. Restorative Practices – Focusing on Relationships & Community

    “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.” –Howard Zehr During the course of a young person working to achieve independence at…

  8. World AIDS Day: An HIV+ Youth Tells His Story

    Story written by JD – client of Larkin Street’s ACAC (Assisted Care/After Care) program, which provides housing, counseling, life-skills, and nutritional & healthcare services specific to HIV/AIDS+ youth . I came to Larkin Street Youth Services because I was facing a huge challenge in my life and needed support with my housing, physical and mental health,…

  9. Homelessness Is Not A Crime – Mosaic Mural 20th Anniversary

    “Homelessness Is Not A Crime” is the message behind one of the remarkable and colorful 96 panels of the mosaic mural “Putting the Pieces Together” at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance, created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995. This panel was potentially too political at the time that it was…

  10. Hospitality Learning Center Shows Off Culinary Skills

    by Wesley West, Manager of Larkin Street Academy Larkin Street’s Hospitality Learning Center began its third cohort with manychanges geared towards advancing students’ skills in meal planning and food preparation. Class meets as a large group on Fridays to find recipes and create lunch menus, planning for the week ahead. Working in teams, they build meals…