Success Center SF – Empowering Young Adults through Education and Employment

Success Center San Francisco, formerly known as the Youth Guidance Center Improvement Committee, was established in 1983 by San Francisco Superior Court Judges to provide educational and employment opportunities to youth in SF’s juvenile detention. Since then, Success Center has grown to serve any youth engaged in the justice system or marginalized individuals at high risk for disconnection from society.

Success Center offers meaningful education and employment services for TAYs (Transitional Aged Youth and young adults, ages 16 – 24) so that they may develop a positive self-image as well as a sense of hope and purpose for their future. With raised expectations for their success, Success Center teaches, guides, counsels, and mentors participants through GED classes, service learning, job-readiness workshops and life skills training with linkages to employment, workforce training and post-secondary education.

All Success Center activities are grounded in developmental principles that engage our clients in the design and delivery of services, builds on their strengths, and facilitates their transition to a productive adulthood. All programs and services are steeped in restorative justice practices and support these core principles:

  • We encourage active participation and cooperation;
  • We provide a comprehensive set of services that include prevention, intervention and retention activities  forming a continuum of care; and
  • We build an inclusive community to support youth during this transformative process.

Success Center is committed to using evidence-based practices to guide its program development.

Success Center is a recognized and respected leader within the SF educational and employment services and producing outstanding results for hundreds of students and job seekers annually. In fact, Success Center SF was recognized in 2011 by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Investment for its innovative approach to preparing disenfranchised communities.