Addressing issues of equality, health and safety
In order to address issues of public safety, we believe it necessary to look at what numerous studies identify as contributing factors. Income inequality, low expectations and trauma can play a role in the public safety. CSI targets the factors that can impact safety. We offer youth an opportunity to develop skills, access to resources (including income) and create and implement solutions for community challenges.
The Community Safety Initiative (CSI) is a joint program of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Collective Impact, a community-based organization in the Western Addition.
Collective Impact has spent nearly a decade developing and implementing strategies that connect youth with high-quality opportunities to succeed on their own terms, to change their communities, and transform the ways they are viewed.
CSI follows in this tradition with its aims to create a safe space for underserved youth to learn, live, and dream without the fear of ridicule, judgment, or low expectations; and to expose participants to positive opportunities. The CSI program provides support and resources to develop community engineers who can build bridges, pipelines, and pathways for themselves and their communities to reach a better future. Youth develop skills, build relationships, and learn about careers in law enforcement, technology, hospitality, and other industries positioned to address issues around diversity and equity.