San Francisco Libraries, Cultural Centers Will be Turned Into ‘Learning Hubs’ for Disadvantaged Youth
San Francisco is preparing to transform dozens of its facilities into “learning hubs” that offer in-person support for the city’s youth.
“Mayor London N. Breed today announced that San Francisco will transform facilities around the city into supervised Community Learning Hubs to support distance learning for high need San Francisco Unified School District students starting this fall. Additionally, the City will extend its emergency child and youth care program to support families during COVID-19,” according to a news release.
“The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) will launch Community Learning Hubs on September 14th at more than 40 sites across the city including recreation centers, branch libraries, cultural centers, and several community based organization sites, pending approval from local and state health officials. DCYF will partner with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), Public Library (SFPL), community-based agencies and other City departments to provide in-person support to students, while prioritizing children and youth with the highest need. The Community Learning Hubs are designed to support children and youth from low-income households; residents of HOPE SF, public housing, and single room occupancy hotels; youth experiencing homelessness; foster youth; and English Language Learners.“
Mayor Breed said many children and teens are feeling the impact of social isolation and the suspension of in-person instruction. Vulnerable students especially have been affected by the shutdowns. The learning hubs will provide many of them with an invaluable resource.
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