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.
Our programs are entirely free for families who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Tuition payment is available for all other families.
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.
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Afterschool Educational Enrichment
afterschool programming out of 4 SFUSD schools, tk-8
Jamestown’s afterschool programs are designed to infuse literacy into subjects as a way of engaging students’ diverse interests and learning styles to enhance successful academic development.
Jamestown works out of Cesar Chavez Elementary School, One Purpose School, Buena Vista Horace Mann, and James Lick Middle School.
The 2015-16 after-school educational enrichment programs consisted of: cooking, media, science, Mariachi, theater, Loco Bloco (dance, drumming, stilt walking), Root Division (art), Street Side Stories, skateboarding, STEM, computer programming and robotics, skateboarding, Girls Got Goals (girls soccer), recreation, painting, Sports & Theory, Friday Clubs, Phoenix Games (math), tutoring, poetry, music, chess, and sign language.
Competetive, recreational, and girls-only soccer
We teach sports skills, healthy exercise habits, confidence, teamwork, and leadership. We have recreation classes in all of our regular afterschool programming, and we also have 14 boys and 4 girls soccer teams. In collaboration with other orgs, Jamestown organizes the Girls Got Goals soccer tournament for middle school girls. All teamspractice 1-2 per week, and participate in 10 games each season, three to four seasons per year.
In addition to regular practices, Jamestown hosts at least two forums per season, on age-appropriative subjects such as healthy lifestyle choices or sportsmanship and teamwork. The organized sports teams serve a total of 330 youth each year.
Youth Apprenticeship Program
Jamestown places teens, over half of whom are graduates of its K-8 programming, as paid interns in its afterschool and summer programs. Youth gain meaningful work experience along with financial capability training, family planning counseling, post high school college and career counseling, leadership training and community involvement, and healthy lifestyle coaching.
Jamestown has received funding for three years from the Caerus Foundation to support the growth of the YAP program, which currently serves 30 youth, over double that of last year.
Jamestown’s “Treehouse” program offers weekly age- and gender-specific social support groups to youth, grades 3 through 12 who have been identified by school social workers and counselors as needing extra behavioral, social and/or emotional support. The groups offer a safe place to share, build meaningful relationships, learn social skills and build emotional support between peers by re-creating a family style dinner, and a guided conversation facilitated by a trusted and trained adult.
Tutoring and Homework Help
Last year, we expanded our one-on-one tutoring program to support 60 youth. Our focus is on English language acquisition and Social Emotional Learning skills, and our goal is to help English language learners achieve reclassification as English language proficient. In 2015-16, we provided support for English language acquisition, through literacy infused enrichment and language acquisition support at one of our school sites. The goal is to expand this model across all sites, and to provide support and training to school staff on restorative/transformative justice practices, habits of mind skills, and culturally and language-appropriate interventions.
Join in on the summer fun
Jamestown offers two sports camps, Summer Playhouse and Summer Voyage. Summer Playhouse is for rising Kindergartens' through rising 5th graders, and Summer Voyage is for rising 6th graders through rising 9th graders. Sports camp is integrated through both camps.
Each summer there is a theme that the youth pick out. This summer the theme is "Giving Back."
In Summer Playhouse, there is a morning academic component, with an emphasis on biliteracy in English and Spanish, and math. The afternoon component focuses on skill building, and youth will work on arts and crafts, science, theater, dance, cooking, and media.
In Summer Voyage, the program focuses on youth leadership, collaboration, and decision-making skills. Youth lead the summer (under supervision, of course!), plan curriculum, manage budgets, go on field trips, present at a summer showcase, and go on an optional 3-day camping trip.
To learn more and enroll in our summer programming, click here.
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
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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.
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