This past fall, Sunset Youth Services staff and youth participated in the Whoop Dee Doo live TV performance at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. Whoop Dee Doo is an artist-led organization based in Brooklyn, NY that creates installations and live performances through partner museums, galleries, arts organizations, festivals, and universities. Young collaborators from Sunset Youth Services, the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, and the Galileo High School Futurama Program worked with Whoop Dee Doo to research, conceive, and create the show themes, sets, costuming, and performance line-ups––to create a Halloween experience for the whole family.
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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.
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