Departing Reflections from ESF Literacy

In this week’s blog, graduating seniors and Engage San Francisco Literacy program coordinator Dresden Smith, reflect on their experiences and biggest takeaways from being a part of the ESF Literacy initiative. Read their reflections and learn more about their time spent working with students in The Fillmore / Western Addition. Engage San Francisco Literacy is…

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Engaging in a Transformative Experience

As the ’21-’22 academic year concludes, Engage San Francisco’s Graduate Intern, Carla Trujillo, reflects on her experience being a part of the ESF Literacy team while also being a student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Masters Program. Keep reading to hear what she learned from this year, and why she encourages students like her…

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Community Research Collaborative

Community Research Collaborative: Pop-Up University for a Liberated Black San Francisco In this week’s blog, Director of Engage San Francisco, Karin Cotterman, introduces the Community Research Collaborative (CRC), a partnership between the McCarthy Center, Collective Impact and the Jumia Research Institute. Read on for how the CRC created the Pop-Up University for a Liberated Black San…

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Looking Back on 2021

This week, Senior Director, Derick Brown, looks back on 2021 and celebrates the Center’s success in serving students and community partners. Read his year-end reflection and watch a few images that capture the ways in which we’ve these met the challenges of these times. McCarthy Center Family, This past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, we…

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Ways to Give and Feel Good

In this holiday season, consider giving back to the community! Scientists have found that it’s good for you to do an act of kindness for someone else. Research has discovered that our brains release neurotransmitters that make us feel good when we do good.  In this week’s blog, we surveyed our Engage San Francisco community…

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How To Be a Changemaker

While we are all busy preparing for a year of in-person learning, the Center wants to remind students that they can begin to explore their roles as Changemakers for the common good. Changemakers on campus and in community become well-informed and civically engaged about social justice issues impacting society at large. Here are 10 ways…

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Supporting Year-Round Literacy

Throughout this month, we have highlighted our summer learning partnerships in the USF/ Heart To Heart/ Mo’MAGIC Summer Literacy program and the Summer Academy Program. In this week’s blog, we hear from our Director of Engage San Francisco, Karin Cotterman, about the literacy initiative our Center works on year round. Since its formal launch in…

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Empowering Youth through Literacy

Since its launch in 2014, Engage San Francisco has focused on building meaningful relationships with individuals, schools, nonprofits, and service providers in the Western Addition/Fillmore neighborhood. One consistent aspect of our work has been our literacy efforts. In partnership with the School of Education, we have continued to develop our shared, long-term vision to provide year-round literacy and learning support in…

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