Established in 1995 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Seven Tepees Youth Program has transitioned from a start-up agency run entirely on the efforts of dedicated volunteers and board members, to an established and well-respected nonprofit with full-time staff, active youth participants, and community-driven fundraising capabilities.
The organization was founded by Daniel Weinstein and Hully FetiÃ§Ã³, who brought decades of expertise and experience working with vulnerable youth populations. They created a unique youth organization that promotes fundamental changes in the lives of San Franciscoâs young people.
In the winter of 2003, the growth and success of the agency was reflected in the purchase of a centrally located Seven Tepees youth center. The new center is easily accessed by public transit and will permit Seven Tepees to increase its program offerings.
By providing intensive, ongoing, individual interventions through community and school-based programs, Seven Tepees makes a long-term investment in the lives of San Franciscoâs most at-risk youth.
The name Seven Tepees represents the diversity of the seven continents as well as the Native American tradition of connection to nature and care of the land. The richness of the world's cultures is an integral part of all program components.