Founded in 1994, TURF was originally created by a conglomerate of neighborhood activist, 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 1990’s 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.
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.