Photos from the Annual Performing Arts Night

Thank you to all who attended the
Larkin Street Performing Arts Night August 14, 2014!

We hope you can join us again next year . . .

Here is a sample of photos from dress rehearsal and the fantastic performance night  . . . Photos by Maria Judice 

Larkin Street’s Youth Art Program has been a hallmark of our services since we opened our doors as a neighborhood drop-in center in 1984. The Art Program showcases the remarkable talents of homeless, runaway, and at-risk kids at the annual Performing Arts Night.

The Larkin Street Youth Arts Program was made possible by our generous donors and community supporters, including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s seven years of investment.

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Education Graduation 2014

In June, Larkin Street celebrated 41 remarkable youth who achieved their High School Diplomas, GEDs, Vocational Certificates, Associate’s Degrees, or Bachelor’s Degrees. The youth, their stories, and their accomplishments, were deeply inspiring. They achieved their successes through their own will and determination; while Larkin Street’s Hire Up staff gave  the youth the courage to take that extra step, and the net to catch them if they fall.

Photos by Maria Judice 

Sherilyn Informs Panel on Myth of LGBT Affluence

Thursday, July 17th, Larkin Street’s Executive Director, Sherilyn Adams, took part in the Horizons Foundation‘s Philanthropy Series panel discussion, Exposing the Myth of LGBT Affluence. Sherilyn informed the panel and audience on issues facing youth, including:

  • more than 30% of youth served by Larkin Street identify as LGBTQ.
  • Up to 60% of homeless youth stated that physical abuse was a factor in their not living at home.
  • 25% of youth report family rejection as a reason for their homelessness.

Sherilyn was joined by Bevan Dufty, Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement (HOPE), City and County of San Francisco; and Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law.


Sherilyn & Jim took a leap off the Hyatt for Larkin Street youth


Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director, and Jim Welsh, Chief of Programs, rappelled for Larkin Street in the City Skyline Challenge .  They took a leap of faith in honor of the youth we serve and the leaps and bounds they take every day.

Sherilyn and Jim raised over $13,000 that will go towards scholarships for Larkin Street youth to participate in Outward Bound courses through the amazing work of our expanded Hire Up Education & Employment services at our Learning Center.  The newly launched Learning Center provides 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).