San Francisco

Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth is the largest nonprofit provider of services for homeless youth in the city, providing more than 80,000 bed-nights of emergency and supportive housing each year.

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Larkin Street Youth Services

From the Executive Director

Every night, more than 1,300 young people find themselves on the streets of San Francisco.

Larkin Street gives homeless youth (ages 12 to 24) a safe place to live and the help they need to rebuild their lives. We provide more than just a bed for young people experiencing homelessness. We offer comprehensive services, from emergency shelter to supportive housing, to healthcare, education and employment, that help young people build a foundation for lifelong well-being.

Sherilyn Adams

Larkin Street Youth Services

What we do

Program 1


Larkin Street operates 13 housing sites across San Francisco, including emergency shelters, dorm-style transitional housing, and scattered supportive apartments.

Program 2

Larkin Street Academy

GED tutoring, college prep, college success, scholarships, career preparation, financial literacy, arts, media and more. Larkin Street helps young people access internships and paid work, or participate in the Youth Advisory Board to affect policy change.

Program 3

Outreach & Engagement

A roving street outreach team that offers food, socks, harm reduction toolkits and other referrals to young people in need on the street throughout San Francisco, as well as two drop-in centers offering meals, showers, laundry, internet access and more.

By the numbers

The impact


Young people were housed last year at Larkin Street's two shelters .


Of clients move on to stable housing after completing our programs .


Young people enrolled in Larkin Street Academy, including 200 in post-secondary education .

Did you know?

37% of young people at Larkin Street have prior involvement in the foster care system, compared to 4% of the general population.

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Annual Budget
Year ended June 2016
+12% YoY Growth
Program Spend
Fundraising Spend
Management Spend
Executive Director
Sherilyn Adams
San Francisco, CA
# Employees
# Volunteers
Larkin Street Youth Services


3 days ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Join us in celebrating 35 years of empowering young people to reach their full potential by pledging to donate $35 a month! Link in our bio to donate.

4 days ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Only 4 days left till Crawfest! Come join us for an afternoon of all you can eat crawfish! All proceeds go to our work to #endyouthhomelessness. Link in our bio for more details!

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

With your support, young people experiencing homelessness can get the chance to excel! Link in our bio to double your impact today!

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

A freshman at San Francisco State University, Rudy loves school and is excelling in his classes.

But just a year ago, Rudy was sleeping on concrete.

He came to the Bay Area from his native El Salvador at age 16, fleeing gang violence severe enough that he says he didn't know if he'd come home from school each day.

He was promised a safe place to live with family here, but after a short time, those relatives were unwilling to continue to house Rudy. The owner of a local auto body shop (and fellow El Salvadorian), offered Rudy a job and a place to sleep at the shop.

Rudy lived for months in the auto shop without access to basic needs like a shower or sufficient food. He lost weight and could barely focus on school or his job. Eventually, he opened up about his living situation to a teacher who referred him to Larkin Street.

We’re thrilled to support Rudy in reaching his goals. Join us in ensuring every young person has the chance to do the same. This month, LinkedIn will match your gift to Larkin Street, up to $50,000! Link in our bio to donate today and double your impact!

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

“I work at Larkin Street because I enjoy helping young people use art as a means to express their individual stories. It’s inspiring each day to see how art can be both therapeutic in the process and beautiful in its finished piece.” Rye Purvis, Art Program specialist.

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Annual Crawfest is back on May 18! Proceeds from the event benefit our work to #endyouthhomelessness. Don’t miss out on the fun and the chance to support young people experiencing homelessness! Link in our bio for more details 🦞

3 weeks ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Shout-out to our favorite middle-schooler, Lily, for raising funds to help young people in our programs have better holidays. Thanks for all you do for the community! Read more about Lily in our most recent newsletter, link in our bio.

3 weeks ago - @larkinstreetyouth

In partnership with @truecolorsunited, we celebrated #TrueColorsDay with an #Unselfie photo booth! #endLGBTQyouthhomelessness #endyouthhomelessness

1 month ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Celebrating our 35th Anniversary with this major throwback when young people in our program created mosaic panels for the Powell Street BART/MUNI station in 1995! What’s your favorite Larkin Street throwback? #LarkinStreetMemories #35Years #TBT

1 month ago - @larkinstreetyouth

“It’s my passion to advocate for young adults of the Bay Area as I have for the past 15 years. For me, there’s no greater joy than using my experience, education and skills to assist young people in becoming self-sufficient adults. Surrounded by teammates who bring a wide variety of skills and perspectives, I feel truly blessed to be a part of this work.” - our education liaison specialist, Russell. #mondaymotivation


"Larkin Street serves the population of youth experiencing homelessness better than any other organization in SF - because they specialize in serving that population, which has specific needs. It's extremely well-run and has an incredible track record." --Molly Turner, Lecturer at UC Berkeley

Larkin Street Youth blog

A Word About SF Prop. C From A Person Who Knows Homelessness Firsthand – San Francisco Chronicle

Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle for highlighting voices that matter in the debate surrounding Prop C, a local ballot measure that would increase taxes on businesses to fund homelessness services in San Francisco. Anubis Daugherty, a Larkin Street alum and Prop. C advocate, talked about his experiences with homelessness services and how the measure would help expand and improve programs that help young people experiencing homelessness.

Here is an excerpt:

“Services like Larkin Street’s Pathways program, which offers young people rental subsidies, furniture, and help with moving and signing a lease. That’s what finally got Daugherty a room in an SRO hotel two years ago.”

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Common questions

Are there opportunities to get more involved?

Yes, skills-based volunteering is very useful (marketing, design, IT, accounting, etc). While we have very limited general volunteer opportunities, we are frequently seeking donations of goods and services.

How can I help?

• Be kind to people you see on the street. Sharing a snack, toiletry supplies, or just a smile, helps. • Raise awareness for the issues on social media or in conversation with your friends. • Make a commitment to financially supporting a cause you care about - nothing is too small or too large to help.

What is Larkin Street Youth hoping to achieve in the next 3-6 months?

Continue to increase funding for our education, employment and behavioral health programs. Without mental health and a career-path, young people may not be able achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Much of the public funding we receive is restricted to housing and does not cover education and employment programing.

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Where your money goes


Clean socks, underwear and toiletries for a young person experiencing homelessness


A week of public transit for one young person to travel to their internship, job or college classes


A hot meal and a safe, warm bed for one young person for the night


A day of education and employment classes