Category Archives: Youth Stories

Each year, an estimated 6,000 youth in San Francisco find themselves without a safe place to call home. For many youth, living on the streets is safer than staying home because of violence, limited family resources and/or rejection. Many have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused and have mental health and substance abuse issues. Larkin Street’s youth inspire us all through their motivation and resilience.

We believe all youth should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.

Performing Arts Night – 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 … Continue reading Performing Arts Night – reserve your seat now!

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 … Continue reading Photos from Larkin Street’s Queer Youth Space @ PRIDE

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. … Continue reading Podcast at Larkin Street with Your CAll on KALW

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 … Continue reading Mindfulness – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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 … Continue reading How Can You Stop Violence? – MOSAIC MURAL 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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 … Continue reading Restorative Practices – Focusing on Relationships & Community

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, … Continue reading World AIDS Day: An HIV+ Youth Tells His Story

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 … Continue reading Homelessness Is Not A Crime – Mosaic Mural 20th Anniversary