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

A Second Chance at a Brighter Future - Alessandro's Story

Second Chance Youth Program Case Manager, Victorino Cartagena, met Alessandro at a very stressful and difficult time in his life. At a very young age, Alessandro found himself in Juvenile Hall and in great need of support. Fortunately, Victorino was able to connect with him early during his time of need. Through many years of support but also doing his part, Alessandro conquered overwhelming obstacles.

It took incredible focus, hard work and mental endurance on Alessandro’s part to get where he is now. He has long been out of Juvenile Hall but had to endure probation and the many limitations on his freedom that were placed upon him. Because of the complications of his case, he was separated from his family, which affected him greatly. It was yet another great obstacle to overcome.

Involved in our Second Chance Youth Program, which kept him involved in healing activities and surrounded by a positive group of peers and mentors, Alessandro stayed on track and has recently not only graduated high school but has been accepted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It gives us great pride to see Alessandro begin a new chapter in his life, revealing the promising young Joven Noble (Noble Youth) that he has always been.

We invite you to watch Alessandro’s story through this video created by his mentor and case manager, Victorino Cartagena.

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.

A Great Summer Outing Season for Our Youth!

The Second Chance Youth Program completed its Summer Outings for 2023 with successful, fun-filled trips to theme parks, lakes and recreational areas. The Outings gave the participating young folks an opportunity to build new relationships, visit places they haven’t been to, participate in positive activities and grow in their self-confidence, which they will need on their paths as Jovenes Nobles or Noble Youth. We couldn’t be more proud of our Program’s staff for creating safe, fun and engaging spaces for the youth. We are excited with tears to see these young people blossom.

We invite you to enjoy the special moments captured in this video created by our very own Victorino Cartagena, Case Manager for the Second Chance Youth Program & Tattoo Removal Clinic.

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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