Tag Archives: youth

Students marching down Market Street in an anti-Trump protest on November 10, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in Anti-Trump Protest

Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump. Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
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Hundreds of Students March from SF Mission to Protest Mario Woods Killing

About 200 students, teachers and supporters marched from the 16th Street BART Plaza to City Hall Friday afternoon to protest the police killing of 26-year-old Mario Woods on December 2. Some came with their teachers after organizing a field trip explicitly for the march, while others walked out of school without permission. “They fired 16 shots, which is not necessary,” said 12-year-old...
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Mission Girls Release Feminist Song, Video

  At 11, 13, and 15 years old, Sarahi Yannacone, Eliseana Hernandez and Ana Diosdado didn’t expect to be releasing a single, let alone star in a visionary music video condemning popular music’s degradation of women. Sarahi’s musical experience ended with her practice of the violin in fourth grade. Eliseana’s singing experience was limited to the shower. Ana just “doesn’t...
Cover illustration by Elyse Pastel for Lynn Hazen's "Cinder Rabbit."

Q&A With Local Author Lynn Hazen

Lynn E. Hazen is a San Francisco native and children’s book author living in the Mission. She also earned an M.A. in Education from San Francisco State University and owns and directs The Preschool. Her books include: The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail, chronicling the journey of an artistically inclined snail as he tries to work in the field he loves the most; Mermaid Mary...
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Loco Bloco Celebrates 20 Years At Brava Theater

For two decades, the drumming, dance and theater group Loco Bloco has been providing low-income youth an arts education and a group to belong to, prompting many Loco Bloco participants to refer to it as a “family” that gave them direction and a place to explore their talents. Performers ranging from youngsters to seasoned veterans will take to the stage at...

The Backstory of “Dreamers” Onstage at Brava

Brava Theater will host two performances of Gary Soto’s In and Out of Shadows this Sunday, featuring several young actors who have had personal experiences with the themes the musical explores: Being undocumented, living as an immigrant, feeling part of two different worlds. The musical introduces a cast of characters who have arrived in the Bay Area without documentation, drawing on the...
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New Online Resource for San Francisco Families

SFKids.org, the city’s primary online resource for parents, turned 10 this year, to celebrate it’s getting a new look. The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) released a revamped version of the site today. With the changes, DCYF aims to enhance engagement with a broader swath of San Francisco’s families.The site hopes to reach more underserved...
Students of New ERA play an ice breaker game. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Bank to School, Teens Lead Financial Ed Effort

Twice a week, a special kind of after-school club convenes in a classroom at City College’s Mission Campus. The group of high school students don’t play Grand Theft Auto V or design yearbooks, instead their conversation centers around things like savings accounts, pay-day lenders, and figuring out what exactly a FAFSA is. On paper, the group is called New ERA...
Youth and community organizers celebrate the launch of a city-wide pilot program that allows youth to ride Muni for free.

Comienza Programa de Muni Gratuito para Menores

El miércoles por la tarde, docenas de jóvenes de San Francisco y varios líderes municipales, incluyendo a los supervisores David Campos y John Ávalos se reunieron en los escalones de la escuela secundaria Everett para celebrar el piloto del nuevo programa que le permitirá a los menores de San Francisco hacer uso del transporte Muni de manera gratuita. Para el...
Youth and community organizers celebrate the launch of a city-wide pilot program that allows youth to ride Muni for free.

Free Muni Program for Youth Kicks Off

Dozens of San Francisco youths and several city leaders, including supervisors David Campos and John Avalos, gathered Wednesday afternoon on the steps of Everett Middle School to celebrate a new pilot program that will allow local youth to ride Muni for free. As of Friday, March 1, kids from 5 to 17 years of age who live in San Francisco...
Marlyn Martinez is a senior at SF International High School. She will compete Feb. 22 in Lemoore, CA in the girls' state wrestling championships.

SF International Husky Goes to the Mat in State Wrestling Championship

On Friday, Marlyn Martinez, a San Francisco International High School senior and Mission District resident, will compete against 22 other female wrestlers for the state championship at Lemoore, Calif. The athlete secured her spot in the competition after she pinned the top seed and defending champ, Alana O’Neil, at the California Interscholastic Federation Central Coast girls’ wrestling finals on Feb....
Anas Belloozi from Morocco and Sai Bathal from India practice badminton in the hallway of San Francisco International High School. The high school has no gym so players practice in the hallway or outside in the basketball courts.

SF International Badminton Team Thrives Under Volunteer Coach

Coach Hoa Tran of San Francisco International High School loves the sport of badminton so much that he volunteers his time to work in a school with no gym. “One thing about this school is we have lots of heart,” said Tran. “Kids are really enthusiastic about doing stuff.” Formerly home to an elementary school, San Francisco International is now...
Elvira Zayas on the day she was released from jail, with her mother Elvira Zayas. Photo by Jean Melesaine.

With Gang Charges Dropped, Elvira Zayas Case Spotlights the Controversy Over ‘Safety Zones’

Elvira Zayas, a 19-year-old Mission poet and youth advocate, has endured months of legal battles, jail time and thousands of dollars in legal fees defending herself against alleged gang-related felony assault charges, later reduced  to a single misdemeanor assault charge. What had begun as an altercation last summer became blown up into a major case involving accusations of Latino gang...
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SF International Girl Wrestlers Got Game, Guts and “Más Ganas”

Last year, San Francisco International High School (SFI) competed for the first time in its first generation of girls’ wrestling with a team of three wrestlers. Now looking toward its second season with a team of five women wrestlers, the team looks to build a competitive and successful program under the direction of Head Coach Guadalupe Lopez and Assistant Coach...