Celebrate CommunityGrows and Barbara Wenger’s Retirement


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 After more than 23 years serving the community as Executive Director
of CommunityGrows, founderBarbara Wenger is officially hanging up her straw hat and retiring from her leadership role at CommunityGrows.

In honor of all that she has accomplished and in celebration of this next phase for CommunityGrows, we’d like to invite you to Barb’s Retirement Celebration on Wednesday, October 4th! Please join us and support this next step for Barbara, CommunityGrows, and our youth.

Suggested event donation is $25-$50, although no one is turned away for lack of funds!

Creating Trans-Affirming SUD Services For African American TAY & Adults

Friday, September 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Embarcadero Business Park
2000 Embarcadero Cove STE. 400, 5TH Floor
Oakland, CA 94606
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For more information contact:
Peggy J. Thomas
ONTRACK Program Resources
Training Description:
This training will explore the breadth of identities associated with African American trans and gender nonconforming communities, and how to utilize culturally competent language and behavior for addressing and working with this population. Participants will increase their knowledge of substance abuse risk and protective factors, social determinants of health, criminalization, health care access, and legal and policy issues that impact African American trans communities. Participants will work together to develop concrete strategies to scenarios that they might encounter in their work, and explore trans-affirming systems and practices for effective service provision. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and engaging, this workshop will provide opportunities for learning and problem solving at all knowledge levels.
Training Objectives: 
  • Utilize culturally appropriate language and behavior for addressing and working with transgender populations
  • Describe social determinants of health, health care access, and legal and policy issues that impact African American trans communities
  • Develop culturally competent best practices for working with African American trans and gender expansive individuals and families
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About the Instructor: 
Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, public speaker, and spoken word performer. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which illuminates trans experience from a Chinese American and mixed heritage perspective, and transforms the memoir genre into a cultural competency tool. Willy has provided LGBTQ and trans-specific training for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the Trans 100. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young kids. Learn more at www.willywilkinson.com.
ONTRACK Program Resources, 1331 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833

Sunday Streets – Western Addition – 11am – 4pm



SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2017 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Come and enjoy the historic Western Addition neighborhood! Sunday Streets Western Addition connects from Fillmore to Fulton and all the way to Baker St. You are sure to find plenty of hidden gems and historic places to explore along the route.

Activity Hubs will be located along Fillmore St and Baker St., with dozens of free activities in between offered by local merchants. September 10th will be a special day to explore old and new.

For more information, click here.

Get Involved


Each Sunday Streets is made possible with the support and dedication of dozens of volunteers. From event prep and neighborhood outreach to staffing the event, there’s something for everyone.

Host an Activity

Want to share your project, business or service with your community? Join the fun at Sunday Streets as an Activity Host! The deadline to register is two weeks prior to each event.

Community Meeting

The best part of Sunday Streets is meeting your neighbors and getting more connected to your community. Extend the fun by joining our Community Planning meetings.

Getting There

Getting there

We strongly encourage biking, walking, or taking public transportation to get to Sunday Streets when possible.

MUNI:  For trip planning and other Muni-related info, go to www.sfmta.com. Visit sfmta.com/alerts the week before the event for updated information on any MUNI lines that will be rerouted during the event.  Bikes are allowed on front racks of buses. The Mission Sunday Streets route is served by the following MUNI lines:

  • 5 at Fillmore and McAllister
  • 21 at Central Ave and Hayes St
  • 24 at Fulton St and Divisadero St
  • 31 at Webster St and Eddy St
  • 38 at Fillmore St and Geary Blvd
  • Visit sfmta.com/alerts the week before the event for updated information on any MUNI lines that will be rerouted during the event. The following MUNI line will be re-routed from the normal route during Sunday Streets:
    • 22 re-routed from Fillmore St to Webster St between Sutter and Hayes

BART: Combining BART with a bike ride or MUNI ride can be a great way to get to Sunday Streets from the East or South Bay. Bikes are allowed on BART trains at all times. For trip planning, go to www.bart.gov. For more information about bikes on BART, go to www.bart.gov/guide/bikes.

  • Bart & Bike: Take BART to Civic Center Station, then bike McAllister to Fillmore St

BIKE: Get in the spirit for Sunday Streets by biking there! Go to:  www.sfbike.org to download a bike map to help find a flat, bike-friendly route from your area or the nearest transit stop to Sunday Streets. Got a long way to go? Shorten the trip by taking transit part of the way. Muni buses have bike racks for 2 bikes, BART and Caltrain both allow bikes on board.

By Car: Should you chose to drive, be aware that the Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am and no stopping or parking is allowed on the streets after that (even if you’re just stopping for a moment for a cup of coffee), and no vehicles are allowed to drive onto the route after 10:00am.

Should you chose to drive, check out SFPark.org and parkme.com to identify available parking lots and spaces nearby. Additionally, parking may be available at these locations near the route:

  • The Fillmore Center Garage, 1475 Fillmore St (via entrance on Eddy between Fillmore and Steiner Streets)
  • Fillmore Street Annex Garage, 1650 Fillmore St (between Geary Blvd and Post St)
  • Fillmore Heritage Center Garage, 1310 Fillmore St (via entrance on Eddy between Fillmore and Webster Streets)
  • Pacific Park Garage, 1300 Fillmore St
  • Japan Center Garage, 1610 Geary Blvd
  • Public Parking lot at 1480 Eddy St
  • DMV Parking lot, 1377 Fell St, open 24 hours

Detours and Parking Changes

TOWING: The Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am. Including the following streets:

  • Baker St between Fell and McAllister
  • Fulton St between Baker and Fillmore
  • Fillmore St between Fulton and Geary

No parking or stopping will be allowed on these streets after 8am (even if you’re just stopping for a quick cup of coffee, your car may be towed).

DETOURS & LOCAL ACCESS: Streets begin closing to vehicle traffic starting at 10:00am, and will remain closed to vehicle traffic until 4pm.

  • Vehicle traffic will be allowed to cross the Sunday Streets route on Hayes, Divisadero, McAllister, and Eddy Streets.
  • North and southbound traffic should use Masonic, Divisadero or Webster Streets instead of Fillmore St.
  • East and westbound traffic should use Fell, Hayes, McAllister, Eddy Streets or Geary Blvd instead of Fulton St.

If you need vehicle access to/from your home or place of business during this time, please contact us as early as possible. Email SundayStreets@livablecity.org or call 415-344-0489 to coordinate access.

Community Grows 2nd Annual Carnival Fundraiser



Come one, come all! Let’s play some skeeball!

Please join us on Wednesday, September 6th at Joey the Cat Arcade for a night of fun and games, including classic skeeball, hoop shot, air hockey, pinball and more.

In addition to free arcade games, food, beer, and wine you can purchase raffle tickets to win one of our amazing prizes, from our fabulous partners such as Souvla and Laughing Monk Brewing(You do not need to be present to win a raffle prize.)

Your contribution– through event tickets, raffle tickets, and donations-  supports environmental and nutrition education for low-income, diverse youth in San Francisco’s highest needs neighborhoods. We are deeply grateful to have you as a partner in changing the lives of San Francisco youth!

Joey the Cat Arcade
3252 19th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
near the 16th St. BART station

*This is a 21 and older event*

School Year Funding from YEF – Apply by September 1, 2017

School Year funding is almost here!

Do you have an idea for a project for and led by SF youth? Do you need money to make it happen? YEF is now opening its School Year mini-grant cycle, offering up to $10,000 in funding for Youth-Led projects in San Francisco. Applications are available NOW and due on September 1st!

Curious about projects that we’ve already funded? Click below to see a list of our past grantees!
Mini Grantees
Projects must be created and led by youth under 18, take place from October through May, have at least one adult ally, be financially sponsored by a community-based organization, and be in San Francisco for San Franciscans. For a mini-grant application or more information, visit yefsf.org.
Printable Applications here
Editable PDF here 

Attend A CLAS Act: What We Can Do as Behavioral Health Practitioners to Build Health Equity

A Training Exploring What We Can do as Behavioral Health 
Practitioners to Build Health Equity
This training will provide an overview of the concepts and principles of the Enhanced National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards and enable participants to meaningfully incorporate these critical components into their work.
With a specific focus on African American adults, and Transitional-Age Youth (TAY), this training will help participants address some of the common misconceptions about culture, and take a close look at how personal and organizational culture can drive our interactions with beneficiaries, and impact their treatment outcomes.
Participants in this training will gain an understanding of the National CLAS Standards, and learn research-based approaches to building personal and organizational cultural competency.
At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:   
  • Establish a working definition of culture, its role and purpose
  • Assess salient cultural impacts in your work
  • Recognize appropriate and inappropriate responses to common scenarios facing those in the field of behavioral health
  • Apply CLAS  guidelines and concepts when having difficult conversations about race, culture, and equity
  • Utilize the Enhanced National CLAS Standards to assess current practices and plan for the future
Friday – August 18, 2017       9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Creekside Plaza
1100 San Leandro Blvd.
Redwood Conference Center
San Leandro, CA 94577
Register Now!
This COST-FREE training is presented by ONTRACK Program Resources with funding from the California Department of Health Care Services.  It meets the qualifications for 5-hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Approval Number PCE 307; the California Board of Registered Nurses, BRN Provider Number 12040; and the California Foundation for Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP), Provider Number 4C-04- 604-0618.

FREE Job Training: Get a Job in Tech in Just 12 Weeks! – Apply Now! Starts September 11


Are Your Looking for a High-Paying Career
in Tech? Become a Mission Techie!
FREE tech programfor those

17 and older

Starts Sept. 11

It’s time for your career in tech.

Exciting news! MEDA is NOW recruiting for our FREE Mission Techies program cohort!

Our program trains those 17 and older in the skills necessary to land a job in tech.

Participants are also provided job readiness training, financial capability education, one-on-one coaching and direct connections to the tech industry. PLUS, there is a stipend.

This is a 12-week program (240 hours), on Monday-Friday from 1pm-5pm.

Please forward this email to anyone who meets the age requirement and is looking to jumpstart their career.

Contact Ernesto Martinez with any questions.


For information, contact:
Ernesto Martinez
MEDA, 2301 Mission St., Suite 203
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 409-9172