Partnerships have been a very important part of Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center’s approach since our early years in the 1980s. Working in partnership with institutions, other organizations, universities, and city departments has enabled us to expand our work far beyond the scope of what we would have been able to accomplish as a single organization! Some of our current partnership programs include:
UCSF’s Pediatric Dentistry Division – Soon after the school opened, BAWCC and UCSF created the Pediatric Dentistry Clinic located right in the lower level at Tenderloin Community School. Working closely together since that time, hundreds of Tenderloin and other low-income children have received full dental care. These services have been free of charge to the families since 2002 when our partnership began.
SF City College’s Child Development Department – In 2000, BAWCC approached City College about bringing a parent-child program to the Tenderloin. They had “Child Observation” programs in other parts of the City, but none even close to the Tenderloin. This has been such a successful partnership model that is has been recreated by others since we began our program located at the Tenderloin Recreation Center.
Harper for Kids (pictured above) – In the summer of 2010, BAWCC joined this young non-profit in the City to bring a unique program to low-income kids, a youth sports program based on a character education curriculum. The Grand Slam Tennis Camp-SF, held at the San Francisco Tennis Club, teaches skills in a sport that these children will be able to enjoy for the rest of their lives, and it also instills daily lessons from Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, such as the importance of: hard work, cooperation, and giving 100% effort. These are lessons the children can incorporate into every area of their lives, not just sports programs.
Tenderloin Community School – BAWCC’s most far-reaching partnership is with this 400-student public school that BAWCC led the effort to get built and opened in 1998. BAWCC provides many of the on-site services and programs at the school, including: technology program, library program with SFUSD, dental clinic (above), learning garden, daily phys ed program, 14 weekly after-school clubs on site each year, & many others. For more information on these programs, please see the Community Schools tab.
These are just a few of BAWCC’s many current partnership programs. Others, and partnerships from past years, have included: Stanford University, UC Berkeley, EHDD Architecture, The Urban School, Lick-Wilmerding, Notre Dame de Namur University, St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic, IHDC, SF Rec & Park Dept. ACT, and many others.