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.
Get your groove on and join us for Sunset Youth Services’ disco-themed annual benefit gala. Support our community and empower young artists and resilient overcomers on their path to stability and resilience.
"Stayin' Alive to Thrive" Annual Benefit Gala
May 3rd, 2019 at 6:30-11pm
The Bently Reserve
70's Dance Party Attire
• Enjoy cocktails and fondue, an exquisitely catered meal, and live performances from our talented young people.
• Learn about our work and how we're helping vulnerable, disconnected young people to overcome adversity and thrive!
• Celebrate youth milestones and progress, and dance the night away with us to the music of Motown Mashup band Steady Eddy and the Shakers.
Special thanks to our 2019 Sponsor:
Corporate sponsorship is used to offset the cost of the gala, thereby allowing all donations from the event to go directly toward programs. Visit our Sponsorship page to learn more!