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08/04/2015 |

new year cropAs the program year quickly sunsets, I have taken time out to reflect on all our accomplishments and begin to refine our strategies for the new program year. Success Center SF is the result of a recent merger of the Youth Guidance Center Improvement Committee and Youth for Service. Although we have only been operating as a merged entity for two years, we have over 90 years of collective experience between the two organizations in education, industry-specific job training and workforce development experience. This legacy has enabled us to literally double our capacity, both fiscally and programmatically. This has truly been an amazing year!

The Early Morning Study Academy, our GED preparation and attainment program, maintained its lead by graduating 70% of all the court and county school day students, in spite of the enhanced rigor of the new GED exam. The New Directions Employment Program successfully placed over 100 transitional aged youth into employment opportunities and advanced training programs while the BT Express Community Service program performed over 2500 community service hours. Most notably is acquisition of the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point One-Stop Career Center. Undertaking the management of this program created a second division of our work from being purely youth focused to the creation of a broader community division, expanding our reach deeper into the realm of education and workforce development. Our Career Center assisted over 4000 new job seekers, hosted a successful job fair with over 300 attendees and garnered hundreds of new employer relationships. And we a just getting started!

None of this could be accomplished without the expertise and professionalism of our staff, board and interns. Their diligence, persistence and compassion for this work has catapulted Success Center SF from being a best kept secret to an emerging star. In addition to the eight new Career Center Staff, we have a Leadership Team (Director of Finance and Administration and Director of Development and Evaluation) who have come in to shore up our infrastructure enabling us to procure and administer all these new resources. I am fortunate to spend my days with this group of dedicated individuals who I (and the youth) fondly call family. Here’s to another year of progress and innovation. Go Team Go!

In community,

Liz Jackson-Simpson
Executive Director, Success Center SF


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