We exist to ensure our neighborhood is a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment for our kids to thrive. We work towards this vision by coordinating our efforts, leveraging our resources, improving access to our services, and acting as a voice for our youth and their families.
The vision for the SoMa Youth Collaborative (SYC) was developed by organizations that have collectively served SoMa for more than 50 years – United Playaz (lead), and City Crossroads. Current SYC membership includes more than 20 SoMa based children, youth, and family service organizations. We serve more than 300 children and their families each year. This partnership provides our community with a full spectrum of services including academic enrichment, life skills training, workforce development, civic engagement, art and cultural activities, and sports and recreational activities. SYC also works to bridge the gap between local service providers and our elementary school, Bessie Carmichael, with the thriving business community in SoMa to ensure our organizations can continue to flourish.