With Youth, Through Adversity

Side by Side is a community-based, non-profit organization serving at-risk young people and their families.


Side by Side’s offices will be operating virtually as much as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. Go to SidebySideYouth.org/coronavirus for information on program-specific closures and services.

When a group of civic-minded women started an orphanage in San Anselmo in 1895, they couldn’t possibly have imagined the vital and diverse agency this organization has become. From an orphanage that served 100 children in Marin County, we now reach over 2,500 youth and their families across the Bay Area.

Those founders may very well have helped what was then the San Francisco Presbyterian Orphanage and Farm (yes, our original name!) through the 1918 influenza pandemic, so they would probably have sympathy for the challenges that we face today. Managing through times of crisis is in Side by Side’s DNA.

We meet our young people exactly where they are. We work with them to heal from trauma they may have suffered previously and provide coping strategies to handle the additional stress that our youth currently face. That’s been our job for 125 years…and hopefully for another 125 years to come.

Learn more about our history

Reach for the Stars Gala

Side by Side’s 2020 Gala will be held both virtually and in-person in September. Whether you can be with us physically or not, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating 125 years of coming together for the Bay Area’s young people.

VIRTUALLY: Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, September 19, 2020
IN-PERSON: Saturday, September 19, 2020

This event is being planned in accordance with the latest Marin County guidelines and the utmost care is being taken to ensure guest safety. More details available on the event webpage.

Reach for the Stars Gala
We are committed to supporting the successful life transitions of homeless and disconnected youth, and see the Real Alternatives program as an invaluable partner in accomplishing our mission to improve the lives of our young people.
Charles Kallgren, , President, Five Bridges Foundation
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