Youth & Teens
TEL HI’s youth and teen programs are different. They aren’t simply a place to “keep kids out of trouble.” They consciously strive to create the next generation of community leaders by providing social connections, adult support, and youth empowerment.
Youth and teens from 6th grade through high school have access to the following:
- The Beacon After School Program at Francisco Middle School
- The After School Program at Galileo High School
- Beacon Summer Camp
- North Beach Place Teen Center
- Kenion Training: Sports Achievement Program
- Youth Employment Services
With an ethnic mix of Asian, Latino-Mexican, African-American, Caucasian, and Multiracial/Other, our youth/teen community stays active and engaged all year long. Last summer alone TEL HI recorded an average daily attendance of 150+ students and over 29,000 of staff service hours.
A Beacon of Activity
Several of TEL HI’s youth and teen programs are offered in conjunction with the San Francisco Beacon Initiative, a public-private partnership that transforms public schools into youth and family centers. TEL HI was chosen to manage North Beach-Chinatown Beacon Center, which gives us a way to reach even more people who may need our services.
A TEL HI Profile
Jefferson has been involved with Tel-Hi’s programs for the past two years and has developed leadership skills that he uses in his current position. He began as a Youth Employment Services (YES) intern, and then last year he was hired as one of three Teen Academy leaders who supervises and leads the newer interns. He says:
Tel-Hi has given me more skills than I could ever imagine. The organization has given me a chance to give back to my community through projects like Read Aloud, Breakfast for Books, Heart of Gold, and many others. YES has given me the opportunity to grow from being an intern to now being an Academy leader.
This year, while working at two different work sites at Tel-Hi, I led training workshops on communications and workplace job duties for all of our incoming interns, conducted interviews, and was still able to help manage the YES interns. Tel-Hi has helped me develop the skills of a leader and I owe much thanks to Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center and all the staff for helping me grow into the young man I am now.