Larkin Street Youth Services set to move to consolidated center 

click to enlarge Larkin Street Youth Services’ space on Golden Gate Avenue has three floors with 30,000 square feet for staff, volunteers and clients. Its current space is 20,000 usable square feet. - COURTESY TURNBULL GRIFFIN HAESLOOP ARCHITECTS
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  • Larkin Street Youth Services’ space on Golden Gate Avenue has three floors with 30,000 square feet for staff, volunteers and clients. Its current space is 20,000 usable square feet.

Larkin Street Youth Services, a San Francisco nonprofit that works to provide a full spectrum of support to homeless and runaway youths, has cleared its final administrative hurdle before moving into a larger space next month.

The Health Commission on Tuesday approved the relocation of the nonprofit’s medical clinic, which is staffed by the Department of Public Health, to a new site near Civic Center at 134 Golden Gate Ave. The medical clinic is among the four services currently at separate Tenderloin locations that will be combined into one beginning Feb 1. The organization’s administrative services, drop-in center as well as its education and employment services will also be housed in the same facility.

“Having all of us under one roof really increases our ability to collaborate ... and make sure our clients have sustainable job and career aspirations when they leave our services,” said Ray Fort, the organization’s chief operating officer.

Plans to combine the four sites have been in the works for more than three years while Larkin Street Youth Services had to wait until its various leases were expired. The four locations are all on Sutter Street, primarily between Polk and Larkin streets.

The new site occupies an entire building and offers 30,000 square feet — three floors — to its staff, volunteers and clients, compared to about 20,000 square feet of usable space at its current locations. It is also closer to public-transportation lines, Fort noted.

“It’s just going to be a beautiful space, a much more welcoming space for our youth,” he said. “We’ll just really provide a better environment for our clients to work on their education and other life goals.”

Education services will increase in the new site, where three classrooms will allow students to take classes every day of the week, as opposed to the current center, where just one classroom operates.

Larkin Street Youth Services was founded in 1984 to help The City’s most vulnerable youths, and has since expanded to more than a dozen locations throughout San Francisco.

The organization is dedicated to addressing the immediate needs of youths such as housing and food, as well as to helping ensure long-term successes with education and job placement.

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Laura Dudnick

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Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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