Friends of San Francisco ILSP

Funding foster youth success one grant at a time...

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Friends of ILSP is an all-volunteer organization that raises funds to cover the unmet needs of foster youth as they emancipate from care and begin their lives in the workforce or as students.
Every year, about 200 youth “age out” of San Francisco’s foster care system. By the age of 18, most foster youth begin supporting themselves. By the age of 21, they are expected to be fully independent. But many foster youth find it difficult to make this transition. After leaving care, they suffer rates of unemployment, homelessness, and lack of educational attainment higher than any other group. Friends of ILSP addresses this by providing grants to fulfill their unmet needs.

Friends of the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program

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What wE Fund

Our Mission

Friends of ILSP makes grants to foster youth to cover expenses that are not traditionally funded by other sources. Past grants include home move-in costs; transportation to and from college; uninsured medical, dental, and eye care; among others.

We believe young adults transitioning from foster care in San Francisco deserve to have the financial and emotional resources needed to build stability and success in their lives. Friends of ILSP fills gaps in the resources available to these young adults by providing grants and other opportunities in a manner that acknowledges their potential and dignity.

Join us in supporting foster youth by participating in one of our fundraising events or by making a direct contribution. We also welcome volunteers to work with the board on event planning, social media, grant writing and youth mentoring. Contact us today!

Friends of ILSP Board Members Presenting Grants to Recipients at the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program Graduation.


Every year in June, the San Francisco Independent Living Skills program hosts a graduation event attended by foster youth who are emancipating from care. At this event, Friends of San Francisco ILSP Board Members publicly present grants to recipients.

Friends of ILSP IS An All Volunteer Organization

 Friends of ILSP has no staffing costs. The majority of all donated funds are disbursed directly to youth.

Meet Our GranTEES

  • Southern California college tours
  • East Coast college tours
  • Historically Black college tours
  • College dormitory move-in costs
  • Plane tickets to attend college

YOUr Giving in Action - Previous Grants

Elexus

Is a Business Marketing major at Clark Atlanta University and founder of Tragic is Magic, a scholarship

fund for foster youth.

Tiffany

Is a Health Education major at City College of San Francisco and a working mother.

  • Laptop computers for college
  • Work-appropriate clothing for a new job
  • Removal of orthodontic braces
  • Household necessities for moving into a home
  • Luggage for moving out of foster care

Lashunte

Received her Master's degree in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University.