The History of Opportunity Impact
In Spring 2007, our founder began researching the greatest area of need for youth services in San Francisco. Two core principles underscored the search.
First, was our goal to fill a gap in services by reaching youth in vulnerable circumstances, facing multi-faceted obstacles and who access few or no services. The focus could not solely be based on youth involvement in a system like juvenile justice, foster care or truancy. Instead, we looked at obstacles faced, specifically: inconsistent family relationships, violence in the community and social pressure to drop out of school or be involved in crime.
The second founding principle was our desire to develop a holistic approach that meets youth where they are and addresses any/all needs for support in their life. Opportunity Impact believes life change and self fulfillment are most likely to occur when an invention addresses the whole child.
By March 2008, doors opened on the corner of Fillmore and Eddy Street. That first day we served 6 youth and by the following Monday our enrollment was at capacity with 20 youth. One year later, enrollment doubled. By Summer 2009, we had to slow our growth to insure the quality and sustainability of our programs. Today, we've moved to a larger site, a home, at 838 Broderick Street.
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