There’s more to life than simply surviving. Although state and federal foster care funding help cover basic needs, many important, enriching experiences aren’t covered by traditional funds. This discrepancy makes it extremely hard for youth in foster care to receive the same opportunities as their peers.
That’s where we step in.
The SFFYF grant program covers overlooked expenses that can make all the difference when it comes to thriving over simply surviving. These funds make a tangible, positive impact socially, mentally, physically, and relationally.
From covering summer camp fees and extracurricular expenses to making it possible for teens to attend school dances or even graduation, these grants nurture passions and skills, unlock access to new learning opportunities, and help strengthen relationships between individuals and their communities.
SFFYF awards grants in the following categories: camps, graduation, lessons, visits/travel, education, wellness, athletics/gym, dances, NMD expense, and technology. If a youth has a need we do our best to say yes every time.
“I found out about the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund (SFFYF) when I was 17 years old and I was in my most vulnerable time. My case manager told me how easy it was to apply for help, which was a blessing because I was working four jobs while attending high school. I did not have any financial support from my biological family, and I was in danger of experiencing homelessness after emancipating foster care.
I was able to go to college, and thanks to SFFYF I was able to buy myself professional clothing for job interviews and cover bills that my jobs could not cover. SFFYF also helped me accomplish my dream of graduating from graduate school.
Now I am a Social Worker working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am proud to be able to pay forward all the encouragement and support by being an SFFYF board member and being the best version of myself. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life: finally living and not just surviving.”