In October 2014, the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the San Francisco Foundation joined as co-sponsors of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. Eighteen months of inventory, community forums, and workshops resulted in the formation of the San Francisco Alliance for My Brother & Sister’s Keeper (“The Alliance”) --our community’s call to action.

Our approach is rooted in an acknowledgment that there has been abundant talk about black and brown youth failure, but scarce commitment to interrupting systemic inequities that disproportionately impact African Americans, justice in-risk and public housing youth and their families; a more disruptive approach is long overdue. Our decision to focus on decoding racialized trauma turns the dominant question from, “What’s wrong with you?” to, “What happened to you?”

With the help of over $16 million worth of targeted resources annually over the next five years, we will by 2020 double the number of safe, economically mobile, and self-sufficient black and brown youth (ages 16-24) in the City. We come together with our stakeholders in this work because we all believe an Alliance that actively confronts racialized trauma across the life-course will transform our systems and heal our communities, thereby improving life outcomes for our most vulnerable.


  • All children will enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • All children will read at grade level by 3rd grade
  • All youth will graduate from high school
  • All youth will complete post-secondary education or training
  • All youth out of school are employed
  • All youth remain safe from violent crime and receive second changes.


  • Third Grade Reading Level
  • High School Graduation
  • Community Justice
  • Economic Power