Category Archives: Youth Stories

  1. “Putting the Pieces Together” – 20th Anniversary

    by Peter Carpou, Liaison for Arts and Cultural Development “Putting the Pieces Together” celebrates its 20th Anniversary! This remarkable, colorful 96 panel mosaic mural at the Powell Street BART/MUNI entrance was created by over 300 youth from Larkin Street Youth Services between 1992 and 1995, and is recognized as one of the top nine murals…

  2. Girl Looking Through Ruins – 20th Anniversary Mosaic Mural at Powell BART/MUNI

    “Girl Looking through Ruins” is one of the mosaic mural panels at the BART/MUNI Powell Street Station created from 1992-95 by Brian, one of Larkin Street’s clients. “Girl Looking through Ruins” became the face, literally, of “Putting the Pieces Together,” the 96 panel mural installation facing the MUNI Station.  It was a popular panel as…

  3. Education As The Missing Piece

    *Photo does not represent individual in story. Jon discovered early on that he was different. First, he was a self-proclaimed “brown kid” in a predominately white school, who wanted to be like everyone else, but he didn’t really know what everyone else was. Then, at 17, he realized he was gay, and his parents gave…

  4. What Does ‘Back to School’ Mean When You’re A Homeless Youth?

    Consider what the ‘back to school’ season means when you’re a homeless youth. When you don’t have a safe place to sleep, or food to eat, school can seem a lifetime away. However education is crucial to breaking the cycle of homelessness. Every year, Larkin Street celebrates our high school, GED, and college graduates with…

  5. Music Helping to Put the Pieces Together

    La Guitarra (The Guitar) “Music of the Americas” by Genaro E. La Guitarra, “GUITAR, MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS” was created by Genaro E., one of Larkin Street’s clients as a homage to the music of El Salvador, Genaro’s homeland and his new land, the U.S. Genaro’s contribution of four mosaic panels including La Guitarra, Hand…

  6. August 2015 Employment Training Program Graduation

    August 2015 Employment Training Program (ETP) Graduation Celebration: Friday, August 21st Seven young men and women celebrated their completion of Larkin Street’s ETP class, where they learned job application and interview skills, how to give a presentation, and earned their Retail Sales Certification.  From sales associate to fashion designer, all of these young people are going in…

  7. Performing Arts Night – bringing hope & healing through music

    Performing Arts Night Reaching for the Stars Thank you to all who attended and supported the performance on Thursday, August 13, 2015! It was a beautiful night where talented youth artists from Larkin Street performed for family and friends. The pre-performance reception featured tasty snacks and beverages and youth art work on display and was…

  8. Start from Here – Share Your Story

    Larkin Street and the Start from Here media campaign are looking for people who have been impacted by youth homelessness to share stories, information,  or solutions to youth homelessness through video. We’re looking for current clients, former clients, those who work with homeless youth, or anyone who feels impacted by the 2.5 million American youth who experience…

  9. California Coalition for Youth: Taking Action Conference 2015

    By Alex Howard, Youth Advisory Board Coordinator April 26-28, 2015  Four members of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) went above and beyond the call of duty to gather on an early Sunday morning with bags packed and anticipation high, ready to embark on a three hour journey to Sacramento for the California Coalition for Youth’s…

  10. Valerie’s Story: Finding Acceptance & a Future

    Since moving to San Francisco, my life has drastically improved. The opportunities of city life have allowed me to pursue all the care and services I need, as well as build a supportive social network I’ve also found complete acceptance as a trans woman in the Bay Area. I’ve started my journey on defeating my…