City Academy Graduation | Empower & Release to Succeed!

San Francisco City Academy ended the school year graduating the Kindergarten class and 8th grade glass of 2017! Staff, students, parents, sponsors, and volunteers all gathered together to celebrate the graduating students and classes. The Kindergarten ceremony was held on Thursday, May 25th and the 8th grade ceremony on Friday, May 26th. 

Students were each given a certificate of recognition as well as recognized for a character value they displayed throughout the year. 

Mrs. Laura Osborn, lead the ceremony for the Kindergarten class, "These students have learned to forgive and to love each other again and again. Something that's hard for us adults to do too. But I see it in them and they are ready to forgive over and over again. And many times as a teacher I would say, I'm here to teach them math, reading, writing, to play and share, to do this and to do that. But God put these 19 in my life to teach me something and to work in my heart to become a better teacher, a better person."

Ms. Nicolle Bremner shared in the 8th grade ceremony along with Ms. Pushpa Samuel, City Academy Principal. Guest Speaker, Pastor Malcolm of New Hope Gilroy made a charge to the 8th grade students, parents, and staff. Pastor Malcolm grew up in the Tenderloin and experience the hardships and stark reality of living in poverty and brokenness.

"Your past doesn't have to define your future. God is already in your future. He see's right where you are, and he knows right where you're going. If you take your teacher's advice, and you keep Jesus first, your relationships with Jesus first, He will take you places you could've never imagined. I've had the privilege to go all over the world, I've preached with missionaries in Thailand I've preached in Malaysia and the underground church in China. I've been blessed to be able to pastor a church. To be involved in my community, I serve as a police chaplain, I serve as a fire chaplain, where I can speak into the lives of police officers and victims of crimes that normally would never know. 

I'm reminded of the story of David...he was in the lineage of Jesus...as David was selected to be king he had 6 brothers. He was the youngest of all his brothers, the smallest of all his brothers, and he was selected to be the next king of Israel. After that took place he went to back to work as a shepherd in the fields. David went on to become a great champion of Israel. You have in you the by virtue of your birthright through Jesus Christ, you have in you the heart of a champion. You have in you the heart of a warrior. You have in you the privilege, the ideas, the thoughts of the mind of Christ flowing through your mind soul and spirit. Pastor Malcolm thanked everyone and recognized the work going on through San Francisco City Impact and San Francisco City Academy. 

Thank you teachers, staff, students, volunteers and parents for attending the graduation ceremonies. Special thanks to Pastor Malcolm for sharing at the 8th grade ceremony. 

The mission of San Francisco City Academy is to empower urban children and release them to excel academically, physically, spiritually and socially.

Kindergarten Graduation 2017

 

8th Grade Graduation 2017


Advanced Reading Awards

Staff, students and volunteers celebrated and recognized City Academy students who achieved high marks in reading goals this year. Awards included most books read, most words read and recognition for achievements in each class. Students who read 1,000,000 words or more received an $1,000,000 dollar bill to signify their achievement.  

The students have gone through an Accelerated Reading (AR) Program where the student picks a book at their own level and reads at their own pace. When finished, the student takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz indicates the student understood what was read. AR provides feedback to both the student and teacher based on the quiz results, which the teacher uses to help the student set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Thank you to all the parents, volunteers, staff and sponsors who helped spur on and encourage their student this year! You truly have made a difference in the life of your child! We truly believe in the power of reading and developing a love for reading.

San Francisco City Academy's mission is to empower urban children and release them to excel academicallyphysicallyspiritually and socially. 

2017 School of Ministry Graduation

On Sunday, May 21st, staff, parents, and community members celebrated the School of Ministry (SOM) class of 2017. The graduation ceremony recognized the SOM class in completing the past 9 months in their time here at San Francisco City Impact. Students participate in bible and theology classes in the morning and engage in hands-on ministry in the afternoon through select City Impact ministries. Ministry worksites include: San Francisco City Academy (K-8 School), City Impact Rescue Mission, Thrift Store, Adopt a Building, Church, Missions, Volunteer Center, School of Ministry, Development, and Communications. 

Executive Director Christian Huang shared a bit of history of San Francisco's relationship with Christians. "In 1919, Bethany University, a four-year private Christian University opened up to be a training ground for an inner-city ministry in San Francisco. In 1950 it moved out of the city, and in 2011 shut down. The thought that popped up in my head was, "did God change his mind or did man divert from the original plan?." 

Christian mentioned the same year the university moved out of the city, in 1950, Jim Jones also started The People's Temple. "San Francisco has a tainted relationship with Christian's in the city." "How wonderful it is to see people restored, here in the inner city." 

SOM Director Chris Nye, and staff members, Keeley Anderson and Luke Walker had some encouraging words to say as well. "It's very tempting to think that with a program like this that your best years with Jesus are behind you now. Because you've been living in full time ministry for 9 months and my word to you is that you're best days with Jesus are ahead of you." Said Director Chris Nye. 

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

The day was full of excitement to see the accomplishments and hear the growth of each SOM student. Students completing the 9 month school of ministry term were recognized and congratulated. Thank you to all the parents, community members, staff and supports who attended the ceremony!

Check out the video below to hear more about the City Impact School of Ministry. 

5th Grade Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, San Francisco City Academy held a ceremony to recognize current 5th grade students completing the year to move on to 6th grade. Each of the students were awarded certificates of completion of elementary school. City Academy Principal, Ms. Pushpa Samuel, addressed the students, "I am so proud of each of you. You are loved. It is my honor to lead you in your promotion into 6th grade!" The students received their awards and were congratulated by parents, City Impact staff, 5th grade teacher Ms. Lisa Dieker, Ms. Pushpa, and Pastor Roger Huang, Founder of San Francisco City Impact. Teachers and staff prayed for the students and they each received gifts from a generous sponsor. Following the ceremony, dinner was served to students, families and attendees. 6 students were awarded in the ceremony and will complete the remaining end of the year classes through next week. 

Thank you to parents, teachers and sponsors who attended the event, and continue to support a City Academy student throughout their journey! 

City Academy's mission is to empower urban children and release them to excel academically, physically, spiritually, and socially.

To learn more about City Impact events at sfcityimpact.com/events or learn more about City Academy at sfcityacademy.com/calendar.

Urban Missions | Exist to Intervene

The spring season is in full swing and mission team members have been coming through the doors of City Impact to serve in the inner city of San Francisco. About 2,500 short term mission team members serve with City Impact annually from over 120 different groups. 

Many team members have gone on to start ministries in their own hometown after their time with City Impact. 

This week, teams from all around California served at City impact in the different ministries including Adopt a Building, TL Revive (community center), Rescue Mission, Thrift Store, City Academy, Health & Wellness Center, and the School of Ministry. 

Our desire is to see people a develop a burden for the lost and broken, be inspired through the Word and in ministry, grow in courage and boldness, and take back home what they experienced during their time with City Impact.

We believe short-term missions is best done when:

  1. Team members are plugged into meaningful ministry opportunities that come alongside a long term ministry to join their efforts in the community. 
  2. There is a goal of empowering, encouraging, and stirring people up to live out the mission in their every day lives when returning back home or being sent out to the world. In that effort to see long term impact, our staff pour into the groups that come in and guide them through their experience each step of the way.

San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. We mobilize people to intervene through our ministries including a Rescue Mission, K-8 School, Health Clinic, Adopt a Building initiative, Thrift Store and a School of Ministry.