Many LLA students live in overcrowded, cramped, and inadequate spaces, frequently moving between the homes of different family members and friends in search of a safe place to stay. Others commute long distances every day, as their primary caregivers have had to seek out affordable places to live further away from the city.
Unfortunately, despite their vulnerability, youth and young adults are often forgotten in the housing conversation. Without intervention, disconnected and unstably housed youth are at very high risk for homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, and violence.
At Life Learning Academy, we have chosen to invest in changing the trajectory of these young people’s lives by building an on-campus dormitory for up to 24 Life Learning Academy students. We opened the dorm’s doors in August 2019, and the impact on our residents’ attendance, academic performance, and behavior is nothing short of remarkable. If you or a young person you care about might benefit from moving into the dorm, please call Kelly Baker, Director of Administration and Operations, at 415-397-8957.
On-Campus Housing at Life Learning Academy
At LLA, everyone pitches in to make campus our own. Students in the Construction Apprenticeship Program sanded, stained, and finished the porch and stairs leading up to the dorm.
The porch looks out onto LLA's organic farm and beehive.
At LLA, food is family. Students cook dinner together twice a week.
All eight bedrooms lead into hallways that open up to this common area. Together, residents study, watch TV, sit by the fireplace and read in the Lemony Snicket reading nook.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed hands a welcome gift to an LLA student at the dorm's grand opening in 2019.
In the dorm, residents learn to manage a household, live together peacefully, and clean up after themselves.