Co-Founder & Executive Director
Dawn has worked with young people in San Francisco for more than two decades, starting campus-based girls’ support groups at Lincoln High School and A.P. Giannini Middle School in the early 1990s and co-founding in 1992 the organization that would later become Sunset Youth Services. In addition to providing leadership for the nonprofit, managing staff, connecting with donors, and building relationships with young people served by Sunset Youth Services, Dawn partners with numerous community coalitions and city agencies as an advisor, change agent, and voice for the disenfranchised youth of the city.
In 2018 Dawn was elected to co-chair the Juvenile Justice Providers Association (JJPA)–– a consortium of community-based organizations that she helped establish in 2004 and which plays an important role in local policy-making, youth advocacy and has a strong voice in how funds are used to meet the needs of vulnerable youth.
March 16, 2020
Youth Community Friends and Partners,
Our Youth Center is closed and all center-based programs are suspended as we do our part to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our young people and families safe.
We recognize this is difficult and anxiety producing for many in our youth community. Relationships and crisis response are our highest priority. As a result we will be keeping in regular touch with program participants by text, FaceTime, and phone to provide support and help vulnerable youth and families navigate this troubling season.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will be assessing from week to week as events unfold. Find us on social media or check out the latest news clips for updates on ways we're helping families in need. Click HERE for a list of essential community resources during this time.
We love you all!
The SYS Staff Family