About

The Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club’s mission is to minister to children between the ages of 8 and 18 by accompanying them, with loving kindness, on their journey to young adulthood. This is done by channeling their energy into athletic, educational, cultural, artistic, and career-building programs. While all children are administered to regardless of race, religion or sexual preference, special emphasis is directed to children from poor or troubled families.

History

What’s in a name? Why we are called Salesian.

The name Salesian comes from the story of St. John Bosco who, as a young Italian priest, observed the unsettling influence that the Industrial Revolution was having on youth. Aware of the understanding and patience required with working with young people, St. John Bosco chose as his patron, St. Francis de Sales, who was noted for having conquered a fiery temper to achieve a gentle character. The family name Sales gave title to the Salesians of St. John Bosco.

In 1921, Fr. Oreste Trincheri came to the North Beach area and found that the Barbary Coast atmosphere created 60% of the city’s delinquency, most notably in the neighborhood boys. Realizing the volatile, creative Italian character needed a positive outlet, Fr. Trinchieri founded the Salesian Boys’ Club in the spirit of St. John Bosco. In 1994, the Salesian Boys’ Club merged with its sister Girls’ Club, and thus, the Club came to be as it is now known: the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, a cornerstone of the North Beach community.

Want to learn more? Email our Executive Director, Randal DeMartini, at rdemartini@salesianclub.org.

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Guiding Principles

Safety

We strive to maintain a safe and secure environment for our Members and Staff.
Integrity and Accountability. We are honest and forthright in all of our dealings, including those with Club Members, Staff, supporters, and the community.

Commitment to Excellence

We strive to provide the highest quality of service possible as we demonstrate the highest level of professionalism in all our interactions with our Members and the community.

Youth Centric Approach

We focus on what is best for our Members and use St. John Bosco’s preventive system and principle of loving kindness.

Respect

We treat everyone with respect, including our Members, their families, our Staff, and our supporters.

Compassion

We respond to our Members and Staff with care and compassion.

Reliability and Consistency

We say what we will do and then we do what we say.

To learn more, email Randal DeMartini at rdemartini@salesianclub.org.