Second Chance Youth Program

Second Chance is committed to empowering youth with the self-awareness, skills and resources necessary to transition from in-risk behaviors, involvement in violence and other barriers, encouraging them towards safe and healthy lifestyles.

Second chance offers comprehensive services and enrichment activities to youth ages 13-25 years of age

We work with young people to set and achieve personal goals and create spaces where they can develop positive peer relations, leadership skills and become active agents of positive change in their lives and communities. We believe in the power and resilience of young people. By investing in them today, we secure our tomorrow and the future of generations to come!

Second Chance Connects Youth With

Tattoo Removal Clinic

In collaboration with the S.F. Dept. of Public Health, this FREE laser clinic removes violence- or trauma-related visible tattoos that further stigma, isolation and prevent youth from gaining employment.

Case Management

We partner with youth to develop strength-based, individualized service plans to advance personal goals and reduce barriers to safe and healthy lifestyles.

Mental Health Services

Individual and family counseling/mental health support in English and Spanish.

Peer Support Groups

We create safe environments at local high schools and community spaces to actively engage in critical thinking, life-skills development, and fun, culturally affirming group activities. Youth learn principles outlined in the evidence-based Jóven Noble curriculum.

Arts Education

In collaboration with local artists, youth explore new forms of personal expression.

Raíces (Roots)

A travel abroad leadership and cultural immersion program. Youth learn about history of social movements in Central America, environmental justice, human migration and transnationalism.

Summer Field Trips

Fun weekly field trips around the Bay Area. Community building through peer-to-peer supports while exploring new spaces and activities.

Summer Internship

Young people learn about work place etiquette, basic computer skills, shadow program staff, help with summer planning, program outreach and activities.

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Hours of operation

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
(hours vary depending on programming)

Second Chance Tattoo Removal Clinic
Last 3 Tuesdays of the month, 4pm – 7pm