2013 Marks the 20th Anniversary of TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School
August 08, 2013|
This year, TNDC celebrates 20 years of the Tenderloin After-School Program (TASP). The year-long celebration kicked off with a public event at our Annual Birthday Dinner in May. Party hats, birthday cakes, special guests, and a presentation by TASP participants, Mohammed Al-Nuzaili & Jadeshia Hui, commemorated the anniversary. A news story by Cheryl Jennings of KGOTV and a documentary video about the program was shown as well.
Since its founding, TASP has provided a safe drop-in space for more than 1,000 children and their families in the Tenderloin. Multiple generations of youth have participated in the program, and many come back to visit and help out.
Laura Choe, Program Manager at TASP, credits the strength of the community and residents for the longevity of the program: “TASP is a very special place that is grounded in the strength of the Tenderloin community and its residents. We try to build on that with love, positive energy, and a determination to make sure our kids know their full worth and have the skills to realize whatever their vision is for their lives. Relationship building, responsiveness, and self-reflection about the work that we do are all critical ingredients to the longevity and extensiveness of the TASP family.”
Today, the center (as the kids call it) has become the go-to place after school for 271 youth in the neighborhood each year.
The 20th Anniversary Celebration will continue at TASP this year with fun festivities including a big party for the TASP families—past and present—at the end of August. Participants (ages 9 and up) are helping to plan out different aspects of the event with staff, including the first-ever TASP yearbook (covering 20 years, not just one), a documentary that a group of teens is making, and a TASP t-shirt. “It’s shaping up to be a very special celebration,” says Laura.
TASP was founded by a group of committed citizens and institutions including Leadership San Francisco Class of 1992, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Ladies of the San Francisco Consular Corps, KGOTV’s Cheryl Jennings, and others, who worked together to raise awareness about the need for an after-school program in the Tenderloin and helped to put in to place the beginnings of what would become, 20 years later, TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program.