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.

Youth Highlights – Key to the City: Town Hall on Housing and Affordability

Youth advocate for housing May 7, 2014 By Stacy Metcalf, Former Youth Advisory Board Coordinator On May 7th, Larkin Street Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members joined other youth and providers at the Key to the City: Youth Town Hall on Housing and Affordability. After visiting with the SF Youth Commission in April, YAB member Jay … Continue reading Youth Highlights – Key to the City: Town Hall on Housing and Affordability

A Story From Ellen: Steps Toward a Brighter Future

Ellen, 19, is committed to making steps toward a brighter future despite the challenges she’s faced in her life. Ellen came to Larkin Street Youth Services’ transitional living program after leaving a domestic violence shelter. She was physically abused by mother and sexually abused by several of her mother’s boyfriends throughout her childhood. These significant … Continue reading A Story From Ellen: Steps Toward a Brighter Future

A Story from So: “From Sleeping on the Streets to My Own Apartment

You don’t know what you’re truly capable of until you’ve faced your greatest adversity. Only then will you see what you’re able to achieve. I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Larkin Street. I still carry the scars from when I was abused by my parents. Growing up, I never … Continue reading A Story from So: “From Sleeping on the Streets to My Own Apartment