Y for Youth: Building Equity, Ensuring Success

Y for Youth, Red Carpet Bay Area
Johnal Stiger, London Stiger, KC Agramon, Senator Kamala D. Harris, Michelle Bettis and Desiree Maldonado

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris helped YMCA of San Francisco raise more than $700,000 for local youth programs at the 7th Annual Y for Youth Luncheon on March 9, 2018. This year’s event, Y for Youth: Building Equity, Ensuring Success at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts attracted hundreds of Bay Area corporate, community and philanthropic leaders ready to join forces with and celebrate YMCA youth who have succeeded in the face of adversity.

In addition to Senator Harris, speakers included YMCA SF President and CEO Chuck Collins, Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program representatives KC Agramon, Johnal Stiger and London Stiger; and CARE youth Desiree Maldonado and Michelle Bettis.

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Senator Kamala D. Harris has served as advocate for increasing graduation rates among San Francisco’s most vulnerable youth and for offering education alternatives for underserved youth in her roles as District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General of California, and now as a United States Senator. As District Attorney, Harris supported the launch of the Bayview Hunters’ Point YMCA’s Center for Academic Re-Entry and Empowerment (CARE) Program and the Five Keys Charter School, which help truant youth re-engage with high school education by creating an alternative map that guides them to graduation.

Y for Youth: Building Equity, Ensuring Success

Since 2012, the YMCA Y for Youth annual luncheon event has raised more than $3 million to support the YMCA of San Francisco’s programs that serve more than 10,000 local youth each day.

Photos by Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography

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