Watch YAPster Lizette's story! She is a senior honors student at John O'Connell High School, and a Girls Got Goals assistant coach at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 School. She has been at Jamestown since the 6th grade!
Jamestown's mission is to help children, youth and their families develop and realize their full potential as empowered, productive, and active members of their community.
Jamestown, a Mission District based organization, envisions a future where all of San Francisco's children, youth, and families, particularly those from underserved populations, will have access to the opportunities they need to thrive and to create a city that is safe, equitable, interconnected, and community-led.
Today, Jamestown provides more than 1,000 youth, ages 4-18, with afterschool and summer educational enrichment, tutoring and homework help, youth leadership development, competitive and recreational sports, youth employment, college and career counseling, and counseling and prevention programs.
Jamestown uses a positive youth development framework as the foundation to all program design. We believe our youth have great assets, and developing these assets is essential to their success.
-Myrna Melgar, Executive Director
It all began in 1971 when Jamestown was born in the recreation room of St. James Catholic Church in the Mission District of San Francisco.
We strive to provide the highest quality program for the lowest cost to all families. Our programs are entirely free for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch and tuition options are available.
Learn about our Board of Directors
The Jamestown council is raising funds to further our organization's mission
Our TK youth at one purpose elementary made their own version of reading rainbow
Jamestown has added a morning program!
From 7am-9:30am, Jamestown offers morning care for BVHM families.
Each year, Jamestown picks two priority areas at our summer Strategic Planning Session. This year's priority areas have been Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Parent Engagement.
Social emotional learning
Content coming soon.
The Parent Organizing program at Jamestown has as its goal to engage, train, and support parents as they exercise leadership in the public schools and communities where they live and their children attend school. Utilizing adult popular education methodologies and its positive youth development framework, Jamestown recruits parents and trains and supports them as they engage in the transformation of school structure to better meed the needs of low income families and English Language Learners.