The purpose of all of CHALK's programs is to provide information, resources and support to youth and their allies. CHALK is unique because the providers are youth.
The purpose of YouthLine programs is to provide information, support and resources to youth and their allies.
YouthLine Phoneline: YouthLine Phone Line is a confidential phone line that is open M-F (including holidays) from 4pm to 8 pm. Our 5-day-a-week telephone based service are fully staffed and operated by young people, called "YouthLine Listeners." YouthLine is a toll-free service, providing callers with confidential and anonymous peer-to-peer conversation, the ability to get detailed information about all youth programs and services in San Francisco and first-stage crisis intervention.
YouthLine Live: In partnership with BAVC Channels 76 & 29, we air a youth run Youthline show called "YouthLine Live", the 2cnd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm on Channel 29 and 76. Each episode is focused on a youth issue; such as, violence, tattoos, sex, relationships and more. Professionals and experienced youth on each topic are on the show as guests and youth and adult viewers call in to ask questions and learn more. Currently, the show has more than 10,000 San Francisco viewers. Youthline Live is merely one component of Youthline Media. All hosts of the show have their own blogs, websites and collection of pre-recorded individual shows ranging in topics from fashion to cooking to Violence. Check out Youthline Media's webpage here
YouthLine Online: You can now access the same database used by our YouthLine Listeners by visting YouthLine Online. Our website is full of information about youth programs and services like: youth sports programs, tutoring services, health clinics, museums or substance abuse programs. YouthLine Online has evolved into a youth designed online resource where young people can get information on topics that range from substance use to relationship issues, interact with other youth, and find jobs and events in San Francisco.
Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI) is a youth-led program that funds youth-led projects in San Francisco that benefit the community. YFYI is composed of 15 youth from various backgrounds between the ages of 14-18. Our youth staff makes funding decisions of up to $10,000 per youth project, totaling $150,000 per year. Our staff consists of Program Officers and Youth Evaluators.
As a youth-led grant-making program youth are employed as program officers and evaluators. Youth are responsible for making all grant decisions, they provide support and assistance to youth people applying for grants, evaluate projects, and collect data about projects and participants. Youth receive extensive and ongoing training to enhance their ability to make funding decisions and support youth who seek grants. Visit their website here to download an application for funding, learn about volunteer opportunities, news or to learn more about the program
On average, CHALK conducts 90 hours of outreach a week throughout San Francisco. Outreach is delivered through youth-led public speaking, school-based outreach and community-based outreach.
CHALK's outreach program goals include:
- Promotion of CHALK's programs and services
- Providing information, resources, and training to youth in the community and in schools
- Building relationships with other youth organizations, city-wide, to form collaborations that benefit youth in San Francisco
CHALK has been noted for the exceptional field work being done in reaching high-risk populations. As the years have progressed, the outreach team has changed and developed to better serve young people, strategically mapping out every community and employing youth from those communities as outreach workers to serve their peers.