Horizons envisions an environment in which youth are prepared and inspired to reach their highest potential.

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Our Mission

Horizons is a youth development and empowerment organization rooted in community service and advocacy. Culturally competent and linguistically sensitive programs are driven by the needs of our youth and reflect the diversity of the population served. Horizons' primary goal is to engage, educate, and inspire youth.

Target Population

Our target population is primarily high at-risk Latino youth, ages 12 to 26, who reside in the Mission District and throughout the city and county of San Francisco. As these youths develop and mature, they must overcome poverty and its associated symptoms, including: gang affiliation and neighborhood violence, developmental delays, poor academic performance, and arrests and/or detainment that often results in truancy and dropping out of school.

On a daily basis, many of our youth engage in risky behaviors that threaten their well-being and future prospects. Often times, these maladaptive behaviors lead them to place their lives in jeopardy. Other youth don't actively engage in these behaviors, but are passive victims living in dangerous environments.

The target population faces the following types of risk factors:

Easy access to illicit drugs, alcohol, and illegal weapons; low-income areas with high rates of social violence; low attachment to traditional institutions of support; depleted community resources, etc.

Multi-generational involvement in crime, substance abuse, school dropouts, immigrant family reunification issues, poor parenting practices, family conflict, etc.

Academic failure due to a lack of attachment to schools, truancy, suspension and expulsion.

Association with peers who have similar risk behaviors and withdrawal from conventional social norms.

Our History

Since 1965, Horizons has been a strong youth advocate and resource for the Latino community of San Francisco's Mission District. Our history tells a story of struggle, justice, family and community pride.
More about Horizons' History

Board of Directors

Thomas A. Palmer, JD Board Chair
James Kennedy, Board Secretary
Adriana Camarena, JD, Board Member
Matt Moretti, Board Member
Donna Amador, Board Member
Judy Drummond, Board Member
Bianca Faddis, Board Member
Cristina Corona, Board Member
John Barr, MD, Advisory Board Member

To contact any member of the Board of Directors, please refer your inquiries to:
Celina Lucero, Executive Director
(415) 487-6715


For information regarding employment opportunities at Horizons, please contact:
Celina Lucero
(415) 487-6715