At the Crossroads Brings Services to the Streets for Homeless Youths in San Francisco

Youths participate in a "skateathon" benefit event held by the San Francisco Skate Club in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco in March of 2009 for At the Crossroads.

In San Francisco, California, At the Crossroads has been working to serve thousands of homeless youth and young adults living on the city streets.  At the Crossroads specifically targets the needs of those without access to a steady source of support or traditional homelessness services.

Many of those served by At the Crossroads are young adults who are beyond the legal age limit to access the services of youth agencies, but have difficulty entering into an environment of programs for homeless adults whether it is because they are not comfortable identifying themselves as “homeless” or they do not have a sufficient level of trust and confidence in the programs which would otherwise allow them access to necessary services.

At the Crossroads works with many of these young adults as well as youth by bringing counseling services to youth on the street and taking an individualized approach in providing services to meet the unique needs of each homeless youth and young adult.  To date, At the Crossroads has stepped up to meet the needs of more than 5,000 youth and young adults living on the streets in San Francisco. 

Those in the San Francisco Bay area can get involved in the cause by becoming one of the hundreds of volunteers upon whom the work of At the Crossroads depends for support in their efforts to meet the needs of homeless youth and young adults on the streets of San Francisco.  At the Crossroads also accepts donations online through their official website.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Helps Youth Develop Skills Beyond Baseball

Members of the Los Angeles Urban Youth Academy team based out of Compton, California celebrate their 2009 junior division RBI World Series victory at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Since 1989, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities has worked to provide local programs for at-risk inner city youth for a positive organized team activity while also providing resources for inner city youth to achieve academic success and develop valuable life skills off the field.  Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities was initially founded by former Major League Baseball player and scout John Young in the city of Los Angeles, after he took notice of a troubling trend emerging in his own childhood neighborhood in South Los Angeles of an evident decrease in the number of skilled prospects that were arising from the area towards the end of the 1970s.

From its initial local scale efforts serving at-risk youth in inner city Los Angeles communities, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities has expanded its outreach efforts all across the United States and internationally.  In its 21 years of service to youth in underserved communities, the RBI program has helped to nurture the talent of hundreds of thousands of participants in the sport.  180 RBI program alumni have been drafted by Major League teams, including current Major League Baseball players C.C. Sabathia, Justin Upton, James Loney, Coco Crisp, Yovani Gallardo and Carl Crawford.  While not every participant in the RBI program will go on to have a professional career in baseball, RBI helps to lay the foundations of academic success to open doors for other career opportunities.

To encourage and support academic achievement, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program provides academic resources for inner city youth including tutoring, classes for time management and goal setting, and college preparatory and SAT prep courses.  In addition KPMG and Major League Baseball Charities, Inc. joined forces to set up the RBI for RBI Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for selected RBI program participants who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic success, and plan to pursue higher education.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities is a not-for-profit outreach program of Major League Baseball Charities, and is supported by presenting sponsor KPMG, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Pitch In For Baseball, Showcase U, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.