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.
Thank you for supporting our work and investing in the health and well-being of San Francisco young people and their families!
This year, as we reflect on 30 years of youth development, we're grateful for the many vital partners who have linked arms with us along the way: our staff, board members, community allies, donors––as well as all those who call our community home.
Thank you for caring and showing up.
Thank you for spreading the word about our good work.
Thank you for choosing us and giving.
Dawn, Ron, Delvin (pictured here)
and the staff, youth, and families of Sunset Youth Services
Thank you in the many languages spoken at Sunset Youth Services.