Why Do We Exist?
We exist to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco.
To empower urban children and release them to excel academically, physically, spiritually, and socially. Luke 2:52- Students growing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Research shows that certain underlying characteristics are necessary for student success. Those characteristics are emphasized throughout the year.
They are how SFCA students “S.C.O.R.E.” in life. (Self-Control, Curiosity, Optimism, Resilience and Empathy)
2 Timothy 1:7 - For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Proverbs 18:15 - The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
Proverbs 17:22 - A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Romans 5:3-4 - No only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Philippians 2:3-4 - Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
San Francisco City Academy, a ministry of San Francisco City Impact, was founded in 1997 with one teacher and seven children. There were no schools in the Tenderloin at the time, and an overall lack of educational resources. The school was founded because of the realization that the children we had been helping on the weekends needed more time to develop and grow. We hit a roadblock in 2007 when we received a notice to fix $400,000 worth of construction problems or shut down our program.
Miracle on Jones Street
Volunteers led the effort to raise a fully functioning school. $1 million dollars was donated and 5,000 people came together to build the school over the next three years. The school currently has 120 students, but the long-term vision is to reach 350 children annually through the school ministry (this equals 10% of the children of the Tenderloin).