Since 1965, Horizons has been a strong youth advocate and resource for the Latino community of San Francisco`s Mission District.

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Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. was created in 1965 as a tutorial project of the Mission Rebels--a grassroots group co-founded by the "Reverend" Jesse James that provided job training skills for young people at risk of becoming delinquent. Horizons was originally a project of Arriba Juntos, a community-based organization that promotes the economic self-sufficiency for all San Franciscans.

In the 1970s, Horizons was active delivering work readiness services to its clients through Federal work programs.

In the 1980s, Horizons added substance abuse prevention and treatment programs to its menu of services.

In the 1990s, Horizons added subsidized employment.

In 2000, Horizons brought entrepreneurship training and small business development to its employment program portfolio.

In 2005, Horizons added the Safety Network Partnership collaboration that is focused on developing intervention strategies to reduce crime and reinforce public safety.

In 2008, Horizons added gender specific programs for young men.

In 2010, Horizons added the Lifeworks Program, a workforce development program that provides job readiness, life skills, career exploration, academic support and worksite placements.

In 2012, Horizons added mental health treatment services.

Today, Horizons offers culturally and linguistically competent comprehensive substance abuse prevention, substance abuse treatment, programs specific to young women, arts, recreation, employment and entrepreneurial services, in both English and Spanish. As we move forward, Horizons is committed to responding to the changing and growing needs of our community.

Historical Archives

Horizons' history tells a story of struggle, justice, family and community pride. We hope to preserve this rich story through historical archives that document the Horizons legacy in San Francisco.

Over time, we will be adding photos, documents, and personal stories to this page highlighting our 40+ years of community service.

Do you have any photos of your experiences with Horizons over the years?

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