We have a new website!

Our brand-new Horizons at SFFS website is launching this week. Check it out! You'll be able to view all of our videos in one place, read our Summer 2017 report, discover ways to get involved, and more!
Veronica Oberholzer
Welcome, Veronica!

Although the majority of Horizons programming happens during the summer, much work goes into the program during the year. This year, Executive Director Abby Rovner will be joined in this work by an   AmeriCorps VISTA member, Veronica Oberholzer. VISTA members receive federal stipends to build the capacity of organizations that are fighting poverty in their communities.  Veronica, a native of Oakland who recently graduated from Smith College, will be working with Horizons at SFFS throughout the year to promote the program, build community engagement, and seek funding.  She has already been hard at work on Horizons' development and communications efforts, including the new website. Welcome, Veronica, we're so glad you'll be working with Horizons at SFFS this year!

Chris working with student
Adios, Maestro Chris! 

Chris Dadok, who has been an outstanding lead teacher and member of the Horizons team for the past two years, moved to Salt Lake City with his partner in August. We wish him the best of luck and hope he'll come back to SF in the summer to visit us!
Image used with permission from Katie m. Bergen, www.KmBerggren.com
In Support of Dreamers
and Their Families

A lot has happened in the past several weeks related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Horizons at SFFS stands in solidarity with Dreamers, their families, and the many individuals and organizations who have spoken out locally and nationally about this important issue. Like so many around the country, we strongly support policies that recognize the humanity and promise of immigrant youth and provide security, opportunity, and the chance for each to imagine and build a positive future. 

At the heart of Horizons' mission is our profound belief in the potential of each and every child, and our commitment to address inequities and improve outcomes for San Francisco's vulnerable children, youth and families. During this uncertain time, Horizons at SFFS remains more committed than ever to upholding our core values of equity, opportunity and community. We will continue to protect the members of our diverse community, honoring the many ways they contribute to our program and our city, and sharing relevant resources and information.

Dreamers are our colleagues, friends, students, teachers, neighbors, and loved ones. They are Americans in every way except for their paperwork. Like all young people, they deserve to be safe and to have access to educational opportunity and real pathways to success. The next six months will be a critical period for all of us to  take action as Congress and the current administration work on a more permanent legislative solution. Up-to-date resources and information about DACA in both English and Spanish can be found at  ILRC, and  United We Dream.  We hope you'll join us in making our voices heard by emailing our legislators using  the ACLU's tool  or dialing them at   FWD.us .

In community,
Abby Rovner, Executive Director

Interested in learning more about a great SF organization supporting undocumented immigrant youth?  Check out Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)!
Horizons at San Francisco Friends School | 415-565-0400 | a rovner@sffriendsschool.org |   http://www.horizonsatsffs.org