TNDC Tenderloin After-School Program (TASP)
TASP is a drop-in program where over 230 kids and teens play, learn, build leadership skills, celebrate different cultures, and explore San Francisco and opportunities for their future. Open to kids and teens aged 7 to 18, TASP often supports a participant from Elementary School to High School and later hires past participants as Youth Workers—making TASP a truly one-of-kind program.
Having an environment like this, where you know that staff genuinely supports you and cares about you is really important," said Vivianna Rojas, former TASP participant and current Youth Worker.
During the week, TASP offers educational activities with different themes, such as Cultural Arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), tutoring support, weekly teen nights, and regular field trips. All activities are designed to respect a participant's cultural identity and foster a supportive environment that encourages kids to thrive inside and outside school, build relationships and self-esteem, and learn about other cultures.
TASP was created out of the Tenderloin community's need for a supportive after-school space in the neighborhood. In 1993 we started the program with the help of the community, Leadership San Francisco class of 1992, Cheryl Jennings (former journalist of ABC7), and many others. Today, TASP is a core part of our Tenant & Community Services department.