Founded in 1994, TURF was originally created by a conglomerate of neighborhood activists, local religious leaders, and concerned citizens in reaction to social frustrations and unrest triggered by conflicts between the community and the San Francisco Police Department. While the conflict of the 1990s may have led to its initial creation, the focus of the organization has shifted from its roots of social justice to social and economic empowerment for residents of the area.
Our primary focus of service is youth and young adults between the ages of 11 and 25. We provide Intensive and Restorative case management, academic assistance, juvenile justice/youth advocacy, mentoring, health and nutrition, and cultural enrichment programs for youth. Our secondary focus of service is for adults, where we provide adult GED/educational services, job readiness and placement services, as well as instruction/assistance with basic life skills.
Who We Are
TURF is a certified 501c3 non-profit community-based organization that provides services to low-income youth, young adults, and families in San Francisco. We have over 20 years of experience in providing youth and adult programming.
What We Do
TURF provides case management, employment assistance, and job readiness, academic assistance, health and fitness, and nutrition programs free of charge for all of our clients.
TURF receives partial funding from local city grants, but we depend heavily on the generosity of individuals and groups to provide our services. We are always grateful for any contributions that we receive as we try to help our clients and the Sunnydale/Velasco community. If you are interested in making a donation, shopping at ShopNowToFund™ is great way to help!
In the 1990’s TURF was lauded for its innovative job creation collaboration with SF MUNI and the Office of SF Mayor Willie Brown and received multiple grants in the late 90’s as a result of those programs. In 2005, TURF was granted $40,000 by SF Mayor’s Office Of Housing to hire two part time staff members to provide services to youth in the Willie L. Brown Jr. Youth Center. In the years since, TURF has managed to maintain and increase the funding for youth services to now include over 10 staff members and a budget of $400,000. Annually, we provide services to over 250 youth and their families.
Currently, TURF funding comes from a few different sources, including San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families, San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Housing, HOPE SF, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and TAY (Transitional Age Youth) SF.