A Summer Focused on MENTAL HEALTH
As the summer fog continues to roll in and COVID-19 and its variants remain an unstable force in our City, 3rd Street’s path is clear:

Ensure the young people in Bayview Hunters Point and all of San Francisco can navigate the emotional toll brought on by the pandemic’s ongoing economic and social fallout. 

Recently, we reached out to a few team members and learned that youth mental health is a topic across all of 3rd Street’s programs and services. While the need for housing and employment continues to be great, the mental well-being of our youth maintains equal focus.

Scroll down to learn what staff in our Health & Youth Development Programs and at the LowerPolk TAY Navigation Center have been observing in our young people.
Health & Youth Development
Grace Tacherra-Morrison and Ashia Coleman
Grace is our Youth Development Program Manager and Ashia is our Youth Development Specialist. Together they facilitate the health & youth development programs at 3rd Street.

"We have seen youth struggling with mental health and stress over the last many months. Youth are experiencing acute economic stress, some are struggling with online school, and most are feeling isolated and overwhelmed. We have been giving young people the opportunity to connect virtually, so they can have a judgment-free space where they can ask questions, process collectively, and have fun. This allows them to build relationships with peers and connect with supportive adults as well. As long as the youth feel they have somebody they can reach out to and understand them, we're happy! We also connect all youth who enter programming with the other resources and information they need to be as healthy and happy as possible. These resources include our free therapy services, 3rd StrEATs free groceries, clinic services, housing for TAY, and an entire network of committed 3rd Street staff that they know they can reach out to for support."

TAY overnight supervisor
LowerPolk TAY Navigation Center
Justin Lorick
Justin is our Overnight Supervisor at the Nav Center. He notices that access to proper physical and mental health services is one of the youths' he sees greatest struggles. 

"3rd Street acts as a bridge between individuals who need these services and health care professionals and therapists who provide them. 3rd Street seeks to foster and build a strong relationship of trust between the two, so our youth are able to get the proper care they need.