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Mentoring Underprivileged Youth

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 25 people are interested

Help Underprivileged Youth to see more opportunities around the Bay Area

City of Dreams is a registered 501c3 organization (#20-0719899) operating in San Francisco. Our mission is to help youth living in low-income housing build brighter futures through mentoring and youth development.

Please note: If you are interested in volunteering, please apply directly on our website!

We welcome both Group Mentors and 1-on-1 Mentors who can have fun with and be role models for our youth participants (ages 8+). Currently ~60 youth enrolled (mainly from the Bayview and Sunnydale areas of the city).

Time Commitment:

  • Group Mentors are asked to participate at least 1 Saturday a month for one year. Saturday events are usually 2.5-4 hours including lunch.
  • 1-on-1 Mentors are required to meet with their youth mentee twice per month.

Program Details:

Our flagship Mentorship program facilitates Saturday experiential learning events for our youth, either through field trips or with workshops at a community center in the Bayview.

The events are based on our curriculum of 12 Life Values: 1) love without limits,
2) responsibility, 3) contribution, 4) self-esteem, 5) teamwork, 6) gratitude, 7) resilience,
8) integrity, 9) respect, 10) choice, 11) trust, and 12) hope.

All our activities tie in these values and revolve around cultural enrichment, outdoor/environmental education, and community engagement.

Examples of 2018 events: The Circus Center, Kite Festival at the Presidio, The Garden at AT&T Park, Oakland Museum, Biking in Golden Gate Park, Kayaking in Sausalito and Tomales Bay, Intro to Lacrosse Lesson, Cultural Food Tasting

Mentor Registration Process:

  • Phone Screening & Background Check (Live Scan)
  • Orientation (webinar)

Mentors come from all walks of life. Our Program Staff provides ongoing training and support to our Mentors.

Questions? Email:

More opportunities with CITY OF DREAMS

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.




Mission Statement

To help youth living in low-income housing build brighter futures through mentorship and youth development.


City of Dreams is a 501(c)3 volunteer-based organization serving young people ages 8-17 living in San Francisco’s low-income and public housing communties. We empower at-risk youth to end the generational poverty cycle, make healthy choices, and become architects of their own futures through four dynamic programs: the Mentor Program, Junior Mentor Program, Out of School Program, and Experiential Learning Events. We provide mentoring in group settings and one-on-one matches. They are designed to help youth achieve their potential and avoid negative influences. We believe experiential events enhance the learning process and allow youth to develop the skills needed to achieve their goals. Since our inception in 2004, we have reached more than 4,000 young people and family members. Over 90% of youth completing the City of Dreams program remain in school, avoid teen pregnancy, stay clear of gangs and violence, and avoid drugs and alcohol - four key factors predicting future success. - See more at:


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Homeless & Housing
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


1030 Oakdale AvenueSan Francisco, CA 94124


  • Youth Services
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Child Development
  • Community Outreach
  • STEM
  • Exhibition Arts


  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours per month
  • TB test

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