Since 1985, AARS has been providing culturally competent substance abuse intervention and treatment programs targeted for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties. AARS also provides prevention programs that focus on building partnerships with local agencies and community leaders to improve the lives of clients and the community.
For more than 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County (The Clubs) have promoted the positive development of generations of young people. It is the mission of The Clubs to inspire young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential and contribute to their communities. Since its inception, the Clubs have provided youth between the ages of 6-18 with a safe haven to participate in structured and stimulating activities outside of school hours. The Club’s programs are rooted in youth development practices that facilitate self-confidence and self-esteem, and foster a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence.
Through grassroots education, advocacy and services, Breathe California fights lung disease, advocates for clean air and advances public health. At Breathe California, we believe that breathing should not be a struggle or a risk. Our local non-profit offers a wide array of local services that address the most important lung health issues facing our communities today. This includes programs to: help kids manage their asthma, prevent teens from using tobacco, assist smokers who want to quit, and offer support to emphysema and lung cancer patients. We also advocate for key clean air and public health policies, and support innovative lung health research. For the past 100 years, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Bay Area is one of the healthiest places in the country to live. That’s why we are proud to say that 100% of all donations made to Breathe California stay right here in our local communities.
We are an organization of professionals dedicated to integrity, customer service, the rights of individuals, and the needs of a constantly changing society. We work in partnership with our community to protect life and property, improve the quality of life, reduce crime and the fear of crime and maintain a safe community. In partnership with a culturally diverse community, the mission statement of the Daly City Police Department is intended to provide officers and support personnel a framework in providing competent, courteous, professional and community oriented police services. We are committed to maintaining and enhancing a strong and productive partnership with the community to continue to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in all of Daly City’s neighborhoods. We are dedicated to protecting life and property while assuring fair and equal treatment to everyone, while at the same time staying true with our department’s Mission Statement.
The mission of the Daly City Youth Health Center is to invest in our community through its youth and young adults by providing comprehensive integrated services and programs that increase resiliency, encourage responsibility, and promote self-determination. The Center is one of kind, since it is the only health care provider in Northern San Mateo County that is just for teens. DCYHC has been around a long time and has over 18 years of experience working with teenagers. DCYHC is located in the heart of Daly City and is close to some favorite teen hang outs such as McDonalds, the skate board park near DMV, and Century 20 theatres. It’s only a walk or bus ride away. DCYHC works hand in hand with the Jefferson Union High School District and the San Mateo Medical Center.
Established in 1934, the Daly City Parks and Recreation Department serves Daly City, portions of San Francisco, Colma, Brisbane, South San Francisco and Pacifica. Today, the Department offers over 259 classes, sponsors adult, teen, and youth athletic leagues, aquatic programs, gymnastics, youth and teen services as well as a comprehensive senior adult program, park maintenance, hall rentals, special events and more. The Department employs over 200 youth as lifeguards, recreational staff, park aides and as camp counselors on a continuous basis.
The Jefferson Elementary School District was established in 1866, and serves Kindergarten through 8th grade students from four contiguous areas in San Mateo County – the city of Daly City, the Town of Colma, unincorporated Broadmoor Village, and a small section of the city of Pacifica. Daly City, with an estimated population of approximately 100,000 is the largest political unit, not only in the four areas, but also in the entire San Mateo County. The population of the four communities has a wide socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The community is situated close to the City of San Francisco, the Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and San Bruno Mountain. As the population grew and shifted from the original Daly City-Colma concentration, new sites were acquired and schools were built in other parts of the District. At present, the District includes a state preschool, eleven elementary schools, three intermediate schools, a maintenance/warehouse unit and a District Office. These units are scattered throughout Daly City, Colma and Broadmoor, making it the largest complex in the community. The District serves approximately 6,000 students. More than 20 languages are represented, making the District truly international.
The Jefferson Union High School District is located just south of San Francisco and comprises the cities of Daly City, Colma, Brisbane, and Pacifica. Our community represents a rich diversity of peoples and cultures which are woven into the fabric of our schools. Our district includes four high schools and one continuation high school. In total, we serve approximately 5,000 students. We are fiscally responsible and academically centered.
The Liwanag Kultural Center is a grassroots, Daly City-based Filipino non-profit community organization that exists to provide culturally relevant educational, leadership and artistic development opportunities for the Filipino Community of North San Mateo County and to serve as a center for community activity. Filipinos living in the United States currently lack meaningful access to information about their heritage, the issues that face their community, and options to share their life experiences with others; the Liwanag Kultural Center seeks to provide the tools needed to foster positive and healthy self-identities amongst Filipinos living in North San Mateo County, empower them with the skills to help them organize themselves to address community needs, and provide creative avenues for community members to share their stories with the world.
The Pacifica Partnership, a grassroots community coalition, formed as a response to an alcohol related accident that took the lives of two Pacifica teens in 2005. Key leadership from Jefferson Union High School District, Youth Leadership Institute, and Asian American Recovery Services facilitated the organic process that allowed a grieving community to take action and make sustainable changes. The Pacifica Partnership exists to create a safe and healthy Pacifica by mobilizing the community to affect change and reduce youth substance use by addressing the risk factors that enhance the risk of substance abuse and by promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Pacifica Partnership also aims to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and Federal, State, local and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.
It is the mission of the men and women of the Pacifica Police Department to protect and serve the members of our community with the highest level of commitment, ethics and professionalism. The Pacifica Police Department is committed to serving all citizens with the highest standards of ethics, professionalism, respect and fairness. We are committed to the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees; the preservation of peace, order and safety by fair and practical enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the preservation of crime through a proactive and collaborative effort with the community. Our goals are to solve problems in the community by encouraging a mutually beneficial relationship, to provide the highest level of professional service to all and to maintain our tradition of community service. We recognize our authority is derived from the people we serve.
The Prevention Research Center (PRC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation is a national center for prevention research. The Center was founded in 1983, and is located in Berkeley, California. PRC’s focus is on conducting research to better understand the social and physical environments that influence individual behavior that leads to alcohol and drug misuse. PRC is one of fifteen centers sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and is the only one that specializes in prevention.
Pyramid Alternatives provides community-based counseling and education in a safe and healing environment that embraces the cultural and emotional needs of every client. Our trained professionals provide services that meet or exceed the highest standards of care and competence. As a helping organization and as individuals, we are committed to helping people find hope, resiliency and life-affirming change. Pyramid Alternatives teams with San Mateo County, schools, community and senior centers, mental health providers, the Coalition of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Probation, Law Enforcement, other foundations and organizations to deliver affordable, effective counseling and educational programs and services.
The mission of Samoan Solutions is to enhance the quality of life for Samoan people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Samoan Solutions aims to build strong relationships between Samoans and local community organizations so as to increase visibility of our Samoan community, and to promote awareness amongst the Samoan people of the available social and human services. At the same time, Samoan Solutions endeavors to maintain the Fa’a Samoa (“way of life”) as a teaching tool and a means of uniting the Samoan people through culture, educational, and community building events. Samoan Solutions wants to prepare the Samoan community for future success. Past and current projects of Samoan Solutions include: Pacific Parents Support Group, Lumana’i Education Gift Program, Youth Cultural Classes, Member events, Community Awareness events, Samoa Gives Back Campaign, and the Si’uleo Community Newsletter.
San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provides a continuum of services for children, youth, families, adults and older adults for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of complex mental illness and/or substance abuse conditions. We are committed to supporting treatment of the whole person to achieve wellness and recovery, and promoting the health of individuals, families and communities we serve. Culturally competent, integrated services are provided by mental health clinicians, alcohol and drug counselors, peers, and others, through a network of County and private agency providers and partners throughout the community.
The mission of the South San Francisco Police Department is to provide service in the most professional, courteous, and efficient manner possible. We acknowledge that the responsibility for public safety and the quality of life in our neighborhoods is a responsibility shared with the whole community. To that end we will strive to nurture a partnership based on trust and respect amongst the Police Department, the City family, and the community. We view our department as a living, growing enterprise which will remain flexible to change. We will maintain the highest ethical standards in our profession and be steadfast in our commitment to duty. The South San Francisco Police Department is allotted 79 sworn and 35 civilian positions and is divided into two Divisions: Operations and Services. The Operations Division includes Patrol, Investigations and Traffic. The Services Division includes Communications, Records and Community Relations. Each Division is commanded by a Captain. The Department’s philosophy is one of participative management, with a high degree of emphasis on training and education. It employs team and community-oriented policing and problem-solving concepts and recognizes the importance of staying contemporary with technological advances.
The mission of the South San Francisco Unified School District, through collaboration with home and community, is to graduate responsible, productive, and environmentally aware citizens who have the academic and social skills necessary to contribute to a changing global society, through active participation in a quality instructional program defined by a challenging and creative curriculum which ensures opportunities for a diverse population to experience individual expression and collaborative problem solving in a safe and stimulating environment.
The San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) was formed after the passage of CA Proposition 99 to assess local tobacco-related needs and develop collaborative initiatives to reduce the impact of smoking in the community. TEC focuses tobacco work in several areas including: Educating the public to prevent youth from initiating smoking and ensuring the community is aware of the many harms of tobacco use; Supporting smokers who wish to quit, and; Adopting protective policies that keep the air clean, the ground free of litter, and tobacco products out of the hands of youth. In the twenty years since the TEC began its work, hundreds of local policies protecting the public health have been adopted, thousands of residents have benefited from presentations and educational opportunities around tobacco issues, and the number of current smokers in San Mateo County has dropped dramatically. In the last decade alone, the smoking rate has reduced from 16.6% in 1998 versus 10.9% in 2008.
The Youth Leadership Institute has been an innovative leader in the field of youth development for over 20 years—teaching communities to invest in developing youth, and training youth to inspire their communities by being advocates for change. At the Youth Leadership Institute we believe cultivating engaged and dynamic young people today will lead to a more equitable and sustainable society tomorrow. Over two decades of partnering with youth, we have witnessed the great motivation young people have to challenge and improve the society in which they live. The institute seeks to foster this passion for meaningful social change, create a platform for youth to express ideas, and connect young people with adults in their communities to make those ideas a reality.