Our Mission

San Francisco Ignite Leadership in Youth is a youth-led organization that coordinates seasonal leadership programs that mentor middle school youth in advocacy, teamwork, public speaking, and critical thinking practice.

SFILY was founded upon the idea that every youth should get the opportunity to learn about and contribute to their greater community despite the background they come from. We also believe all youth should have access to mentors who want to see them grow and succeed as leaders.

Through implementing entirely “for youth and by youth” programs that teach social-emotional skills and civic issues in San Francisco, SFILY hopes to act a bridge between youth and their communities. We hope that through our programs, we can help youth develop stronger ties to their communities. We hope to also ensure that our curriculum allows students to explore their’ identities and the issues that affect their lives.

We hope for every student walking SFILY to feel more confident in their identities, their ability to work with others, and their ability to facilitate change.