After School and Summer Programs Good Sam

THE GOAL

Good Samaritan wants diverse young people in San Francisco to see and act on their potential with the support of trustworthy peers and caring adults.

OUR APPROACHES

We offer social-emotional supports, enrichment opportunities and bilingual adult allies to striving students in Southeastern sections of San Francisco.

VISION ACADEMY

Vision AcademyVision Academy offers African-American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, and low-income students the opportunity to cultivate their academic, social, and strategic thinking skills on a daily basis.

Program leaders offer one-on-one homework support to students everyday. They then guide group-based chess and computer science lessons to ensure diverse students can become tomorrow’s strategic and creative thinkers.

Social-emotional development is also important at the Vision Academy. Cohorts engage in age-appropriate conversations about what it means to set goals, maintain a steadfast and resilient character, and support one’s peers, even in the face of obstacles and structural barriers to their success. Facilitators ensure children have free time, opportunities to play outside, and chances to demonstrate their chess and computer coding knowledge.

Summer offers additional opportunities: students explore the outdoors, visit local technology companies, and go on a range of field trips.

To enroll a student, please contact us.

JARDIN SECRETO/SECRET GARDEN

Jardin Secreto/Secret Garden is a daily summer camp for elementary school students in the Mission District of San Francisco. The program integrates gardening, healthy-eating, theatre, outdoor play, art, bilingual conversation, and daily reading. Trustworthy, bilingual experts in child development oversee the program, designed specifically for Latino children living in immigrant families.

SOCCER CAMP

Soccer Camp encourages elementary school students to enjoy soccer, healthy eating, art, music and reading. Weekly field trips allow students to learn about local history and affordable, healthy options for recreation and fun. At the end of the seven-week, bilingual summer program, students share their accomplishments and knowledge of San Francisco with their families at graduation.

MISSION MAPACHES/MISSION RACCOONS*

Mission Mapaches/Mission Raccoons offers Latino middle school students nature-based opportunities to explore the Bay Area, develop a support network, and learn about Latino and Native traditions that honor Mother Earth. (hyperlink to expand section to read more) Bilingual youth development experts guide conversations about social-emotional development, confronting structural barriers to Latino success, and making healthy decisions. Offered weekly at local schools during the school year, the program becomes a full-day camp over the summer.

ARTE CULTURAL*

Arte Cultural is an after-school program that offers students a formal opportunity to learn about Latino artistic traditions. Students then become artists in their own right. Classes are led by bilingual artists who guide students in making individual and collaborative art, take them on field trips through the City, and help them organize a culminating showcase at their school.

Willie Brown Beacon

Advancing Middle School Success in the Bay View Neighborhood
The Beacon Initiative transforms public schools into safe spaces where children, youth, parents, educators and community members can unite to promote healthy child development.

In 2018, Bayview-based Willie Brown Middle School (WBMS) selected Good Samaritan to launch a City-funded Beacon Center at the school. With guidance from WBMS educators, students and parents, Good Samaritan’s Beacon Center will offer intensive school-year supports to 150 of the school’s diverse students.

WBMS selected Good Samaritan based on its track record designing and operating the popular Vision Academy, a computer science, chess, and social-emotional enrichment program for elementary and middle school students in the Bayview.

* These programs run in conjunction with local schools who offer Good Samaritan space and access to their students during the school year.

HOW TO ENROLL

To get started, please contact us.

Youth leadership — especially leadership within the Latino, monolingual community — is
one of the priorities of our afterschool program. We could not do this work without Good Samaritan’s partnership. Their skilled facilitators have held space for students that speak Spanish to cultivate friendships, see themselves as college attending youth, and learn to organize school-wide events. There is no other space where students can speak their native language while learning to organize and nurturing a strong sense of community.”

– Susan Ryan, Principal, John O’Connell High School