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.

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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. 

Menlo Serve Day | #ServeYourCity

On Saturday, April 1, 2017 Melo Church served in the Tenderloin district (inner city of San Fransisco). SF City Impact volunteers and team members served in different outreaches including meal deliveries, kids carnival, meal prep, building parties and medical outreaches.

Here are some details on the day:

  • Over 250 meals served
  • 60 patients medically assessed
  • 40 kids at the kids carnival
  • 2 building parties (community sit-down meals + bingo) 

Every effort made comes alongside a long term ministry that will be there the next day. With each connection made, City Impact team members offer further resources to residents for rehabilitation or further development to help break unhealthy cycles. 

Potential follow ups will be made in the coming weeks. 

Thank you again to all the volunteers and team members who served for the day! Special thanks to Leslie and Kristin and the Menlo Church leadership team!