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.
Dear Friends and Partners of Sunset Youth Services,
We couldn't let this holiday pass by without sharing why we're thankful for you.
To Our Young People: We have crazy respect for you all. Every day you show up, ready to learn, courageously hurdling obstacles on your path, making beautiful music, helping peers, working with a will, and doing us proud. We love you. We believe in you. We know you’re headed places and we can’t wait to see what you do with your precious lives!
To Our Families: You guys are the bomb: juggling work, school, parenting, and living in this demanding city. You show us the meaning of true perseverance and strength.
To Our Board: You carry the banner and wave the flag– prioritizing special events and youth performances, spreading the word about our work, giving generously, and finding ways to make our staff feel loved and appreciated. When tragedy strikes you pray, and when a youth succeeds you cheer. Thank you for choosing us!
To Our Systems Partners: We are honored to work side by side with you, lifting up the young people of this great city, working to end systemic inequity and creating a world where our young people can get the support they need to thrive.
To Our Generous Giving Community: We are ever in your debt. You keep the lights on, support our tireless staff in doing good work that matters, fund programs that provide basic needs, important life skills, and life-changing opportunities that set our kids up for success. Your partnership is so encouraging and means the world to us.
So happy you’re in our corner!
Dawn, Ron, and Delvin
Sunset Youth Services Founders
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