2018: What a Year

2018 has been a transformational year for City of Dreams. We welcomed new Program Staff, Board Members, Volunteers, and most important, kids! 

We had so much fun this year and we could not have accomplished this without the help of some amazing community partners. Thanks to their partnership, our 2018 Super Saturday events included:

  • Performing acrobatics at The Circus Center
  • Playing and cooking in the Garden at AT&T Park (thanks, Sam and Hannah!)
  • Participating in the Presidio Kite Festival
  • Learning about movement from Tonya at Aspire Pilates
  • Visiting the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
  • Learning lacrosse with the help of US Lacrosse and Oakland Lacrosse
  • Rock Climbing with Planet Granite (…we got to meet Alex Honnold!)
  • Kayaking in Point Reyes and Sausalito with Environmental Traveling Companions
  • Petting and milking the goats at Slide Ranch 
  • Camping at China Camp State Park
  • Attending Shakespeare in the Park
  • Checking out the Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Hosting our 5th Annual Harvest Festival and Greens Cook-off – much gratitude to the Museum of Ice Cream, Gott’s Roadside, the Golden State Warriors, the Walt Disney Family Museum, Bay Natives Nursery, TATO, and Yvonne’s Southern Sweets for all your support!

Over the course of the year our volunteers worked with our dedicated program managers, Jarae, Cody and Macio, to continue supporting our youth in many different ways. Together these caring adults show up for our youth and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

Our Community Gardening program hosted guest chefs Leslee Savvy (Savvy Dining SF) and Maxime Phillips for a kids’ summer cooking series. We also implemented a hydroponics system with the help of a local high schooler and in-kind donations from American Hydroponics, which will help us increase vegetable production. We brought in ~100 volunteers to our garden this season, due largely to our longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. These collective efforts show the kids and the community all of the natural beauty and abundance right in our neighborhood. We continue our focus on teaching the kids about abundance, healthy eating and cooking and how that all ties to into our personal wellbeing: being able to eat good food gives us energy to play and finish homework, after all! 

Finally, our budding teenage program, Ground Zero, pulled off an amazing feat this year: earning a Youth Empowerment Fund mini-grant this fall for a community project they designed themselves over the summer. They are producing a documentary on the positive aspects of the neighborhood, to premiere in mid-2019. This is the first-ever YEF grant for a City of Dreams project and we are so proud to support our young community leaders. 

Up Next… 

As we approach our 15th Anniversary of serving some of San Francisco’s most at-risk youth, we are looking to expand our capacity in meaningful ways. It truly takes a village to support our youth as they grow up in this unique city. If you’d like to be a mentor, get involved on the Board, join our staff, offer some consulting and/or pro bono work, or donate, email us (info at city of dreams dot org) and we can start a dialogue.