Who we serve
Young men and women in San Francisco County, ages 18-25, who are at risk of incarceration, or in the process of reentry into everyday life.
What we do
24% of the incarcerated population in the San Francisco County Jail is under the age of 25. We believe these young people have a chance to start again. Our programming supports their transition back into the mainstream to strengthen their inner resources and their external circumstances for an optimal outcome. In both of our gender-specific programs, clients are paired with a case manager who has a broad knowledge base in community resources and the criminal justice system. Together, they create a customized plan for short-term goals around housing, work, education, family and therapeutic support. This plan is supported by inner development work that helps clients advance their personal insights, empowerment and healing, in order to best meet the demands of life outside and build a positive life for themselves and their families.
Young Women Rising also includes Rising Voices, an arts-based theater component that allows clients to express themselves for further healing and self-reflection. Incorporating the principles of restorative justice, our theater programs create a safe space for clients to process their life experience and recognize and repair the harm they caused in their lives. These intensive, holistic efforts are a greatly effective way to integrate back into the community and become agents of change for themselves and their families.