Carlton Eichelberger, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco

What We Do

Provide our low-income youth, adults, seniors, and immigrants with the economic self-sufficiency building tools that facilitate their integration into the economy.

Self-sufficiency Building Strategies

1. Education and Empowerment

  • Workers' Rights
  • Empowerment and Organizing: Teaching and Demanding rights

2. Employment and Economic Empowerment

  • Job Development
  • Employer Relationship Building
  • Co-op Incubation
  • Basic Social Services Support
  • Job Placement
  • Employment Workshops, Career Exploration, College /Vocational Programs and Development Supports/Referral

3. Policy and Advocacy

  • First Source Hiring
  • Co-op Development Support (Identify anchor city agency)
  • Implementation of Development Agreements (Prioritize neighborhood residents for jobs)
  • Internship Opportunities for Youth in Private Sector

Beth Rubenstein, former executive director Out of Site Youth Arts Center/Youth Art Exchange

Results We Seek

Our grassroots community leaders apply the skills and knowledge gained to actively participate in community engagement activities that are fundamental to their personal and collective development and that allow them to live in an integrated, multicultural community with shared values. 

Geographic Area of Influence

Although we are responsive to various stakeholders, our primary constituencies are low-income youth, adults, seniors, and immigrants.

Model for Success

Excelsior Works! competitive advantage is our cultural competency and is based on the following specific areas:

  1. Our culturally diverse staff and their ability to speak 4 different languages in order to serve clients in their native language (English, Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog)
  2. The Steering Committee, Koshland Fellows, and Subcommittee leadership mirror the community served
  3. The Steering Committee, Koshland Fellows, and Subcommittee leadership understand the immigrant culture

Vision & Values →