Thursday, October 5, 2017 · by Tamara Aparton
San Francisco—For advocating for justice on behalf of young Bayview Hunters Point residents, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will receive the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic’s Youth Champion Award.
The award, which is given to individuals who exemplify the 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic’s values, will be presented tonight at the organization’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser, “Building a Community of Health and Equity,” at 6 p.m. at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. Adachi will also serve as keynote speaker at the event.
The 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic is a community-based agency providing youth in Bayview Hunters Point with medical and behavioral health services that encourage them to make decisions that support their health, safety and development. It works closely with the San Francisco Public Defender’s BMAGIC (Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities), an organization initiated by Adachi in 2004. BMAGIC works to reduce the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system or fall through social service gaps by efficiently coordinating opportunities, support and resources.
“We selected Jeff as our 2017 Youth Champion because he has always put the youth first. He listens to them. He engages them. He fights for their freedom,” said Joi Jackson-Morgan, executive director of 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic. “Jeff believes in our youth and values their lives. He strives to ensure that youth from our community have the opportunity to change their lives and build a healthier community.”
Adachi said he was honored by the recognition from an organization that does so much for the Bayview Hunters Point community.
“The staff of 3rd Street does incredible work for youth facing extraordinary physical and mental health challenges. From their clinic to their expressive arts opportunities and leadership development, they have empowered thousands of youth to become healthy, successful adults,” Adachi said.
For more information, go to 3rdstyouth.org.