25 Years of TASP Fun Facts

Krish at TASP in 2017 Krish at TASP in 2011 TASP has helped over 5,000 kids grow in the last 25 years! 1. We’ve had over 300 dedicated and compassionate volunteer tutors in the past 25 years. 2. Partners of TASP have donated 21,875 holiday gifts to kids in the Tenderloin. 3. For 25 years,…

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Volunteer Profile: Anthony Costaños

Over the last seven and half years, volunteer Anthony Castaños has watched TASP kids go from elementary school to college. He has gotten to know students through their college application essays. He has helped Eduardo, fondly called “his protégé,” for seven years and saw him gain independence and move to San Jose State. Four years ago,…

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Student Profile: Nidhi Patel

Like most high-school graduates moving away for college, Nidhi Patel had a mix of excitement and nerves. Last fall she was off to Sonoma State University, looking forward to improving her Spanish and figuring out her major, but she was also moving to a brand new city several hours away from her family and friends…

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Your Generosity Inspires Tenderloin Students to Attend College

It was 1997 and a group of eight teenagers and TASP staff packed into a YMCA van for Los Angeles. With a small budget, TASP Program Manager, Denise Obrero, managed to visit two colleges for TASP’s first College Tour. With your help, the College Tour program has introduced nearly 250 students to 88 schools in…

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A Note From Don

25 years ago the Tenderloin After-School Program was simply wishful thinking. Guardians and parents living in TNDC’s Franciscan Towers needed a safe place for their kids to go after school, during school breaks, and over the summer. Because of TNDC’s supporters and donors, a safe place for children in the Tenderloin became a reality. TASP…

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Food Justice Leaders Making Change in the Tenderloin

Stephen Tennis wanted more for his neighborhood. “Candy, chips, liquor, and cigarette butts were everywhere,” said Stephen, recalling his return to the Tenderloin after a 30 year absence. “I noticed there weren’t any markets or supermarkets around.” He soon found himself joining the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition (TLHCSC). A project started by the Vietnamese…

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A Note From Don

We know that affordable housing provides our tenants with the peace of mind and stability that fosters physical and mental well-being. We also know, however, that the drivers of good health extend beyond a person’s home to the quality of their neighborhood and city. Now more than ever, residents of the Tenderloin face additional challenges…

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Tenderloin People’s Garden Grows with the Local Community

Seven years ago, a vacant lot sat on the corner of McAllister and Larkin, just a stone’s throw away from City Hall. Now, the same corner overflows with kale and carrots, volunteers patting down soil, and residents gathering produce to take home with them—all watched over by the humble gardeners of Precita Eyes’ new mural.…

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Resident Profile: Rickey Swiney

Rickey Swiney will say he’s shy, but his smile will tell you otherwise. Born and raised in Louisiana, Rickey has fond memories of being with his family and living at home. “Every day was my favorite day,” Rickey reflected, missing his parents who have since passed away. “I felt so safe with them.” He continued…

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Partner Profile: Bothin Foundation

Every Thursday a group of dedicated staff and volunteers carefully set out apples, celery, potatoes, and prepared meals for the morning food distribution at Yosemite Commercial Space at 476 Eddy Street. Packed with tables and shelves of food, their space is modest, but as of January, it now includes a freezer and refrigerator purchased with…

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