Thank You for Supporting Team Larkin Street!

Team Larkin Street successfully rappelled 230 feet and raised nearly $28,000!

Thank you to those that donated and came out to cheer the team on! If you missed your chance, you can still donate here.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery below!

Team Larkin Street took a leap of faith in honor of the youth we serve and the leaps and bounds they take every day to get and stay off the streets. On March 18th, 2016 the brave team courageously participated in a free-hanging rappel off the 23-story Hyatt Regency in downtown San Francisco.

Contributions to the team fund scholarships for Larkin Street youth to participate in Outward Bound courses through our Learning Centers. These innovative Learning Centers provide a 6 month blended learning model that combines rigorous academic courses (GED tutoring, Sylvan Learning curriculum) with workforce development (employment preparation, internships, youth enterprise) all supported by (Outward Bound courses and mindfulness provided by UCSF).

“Although I am certainly scared at the thought of rappelling down a 23-story building, I know that my own fear is nothing compared to the fears homeless youth live with every day.”
– Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director


2nd Tech in the City

The 2nd Tech in the City was a rousing success!

The event took place on November 16, 2015 at the beautiful headquarters of WeWork in the SVB mezzanine level – thank you to our partners at WeWork and SVB for being such wonderful hosts.

Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers with beer and wine while networking before the program. The discussion centered around the topic: Designing a business model that benefits the community and your bottom line. 

Thank you to our Guest Moderator, Tiffany Apczynski, E.D., Zendesk Neighbor Foundation and Director of CSR and the Panelists, Wes Selke, Managing Director, Better Ventures;  Kevin McCracken, COO, Social Imprints and Jeff Denby, co-founder, [re]MAKE and PACT Apparel for coming together and offering their insights.

Best of all the event raised valuable funds for Larkin Street Youth Services – thank you to all the attendees, sponsors, volunteers and participants!

And the offer from Lyft still stands, sign up today and use the code LARKINST and we will get $20!

We look forward to seeing you soon at the third in the series in the first quarter of 2016.



Friday, November 13th, 2015

Six young men and women celebrated their completion of Larkin Street’s Employment Training Program (ETP) class, where they learned job application and interview skills, how to give a presentation, and earned their Retail Sales Certification.

Four students celebrated passing various portions of the GED tests, with one young woman earning her final GED certificate.

Congratulations to the graduates, and best of luck on their future career plans!

Special thanks to:, Old Navy, PwC, Heidrick & Struggles, and Larkin Street staff & volunteers.

Growth Campaign Kickoff Photos

The Larkin Street Youth Services Growth Campaign Kickoff party on November 5th was a great success. Many supporters of the organization came out to hear about the changes we’re making to intensify our impact on the self-sufficiency of our clients.
To learn more about the Growth Campaign, click here.

Photos from the Kickoff event:
Photos by TDWMedia, click to see full gallery or purchase photos.

“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 in the city.

Girl Looking through Ruins created in 1995 by Brian, one of Larkin Street's clients in 1995.

The panel “Girl Looking through Ruins” became the face, literally, of “Putting the Pieces Together.” This popular panel was created by Brian, a charismatic and empathic young man who inspired a light heart in tough times, tinged with a sense of gravitas for the challenges ahead. His interpretation of the panel was as of a child looking ahead into the future – a positive outlook from a positive-thinking client of Larkin Street Youth Services – a representation of a street youth, looking through a broken wall to the other side, the side of the viewer. She’s a survivor who walks in two worlds: the broken one that we see but don’t know, and the one that she knows but wishes to change where she is in it.

Each of the 2’x4’ mosaic panels in “Putting the Pieces Together” is an
authentic and passionate reflection of San Francisco in the early 90’s and the issues that faced homeless and at-risk youth then – issues that continue to impact this vulnerable population and the city at large. The mosaics emerged from the hard work and dedication of the young people under the leadershBart Mosaic Mural Peter and mosaic panelip of Peter Carpou, Larkin Street’s former* Art Program Director & Liaison for Arts and Cultural Development. All of the materials were donated and collected from various suppliers and picked up each week in front of their shops or given for free, upon request.

Larkin Street’s Arts Program continues to be integral to supporting homeless young people as they transition into independent adults – to help them achieve the outcomes set forth by the Growth Campaign (see page 2).

The Arts Program offers drop-in workshops and groups as well as introducing new, “career track” intensive curriculums in areas including Music Production, Fine Arts/Design, and Computer Arts/Media Design. Young people who enroll in and complete these 12 – 14 week curriculum’s will take explicit steps toward pursuing a career in these fields – to be able to go on to internships with sustainable career pathways or enroll in supporting college-level courses in these same fields.

*As of November 1st Peter Carpou has retired. Larkin Street extends deep gratitude for Peter’s 26 years in service of homeless and runaway youth.

Gallery of photos from 20th Anniversary celebration on October 22, 2015:

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 a chance for everyone to visit and get to know some of the artists.

We hope you will enjoy the photo album below and plan on joining us next year!


To view highlights of the 2014 Performing Arts Night, watch the video:

Spring 2015 Bridge Academy Graduation

Spring 2015 Bridge Academy graduation celebration: Friday, May 8th
Four young people graduated from the Bridge Academy program.

Congratulations to the graduates, and best of luck on their future education and career plans!

Special thanks to: Larkin Street staff, The Cooking Project, and San Francisco Public Library

Photos below of select Bridge Academy graduates, and their instructor, Diana Tordoff.