ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Receives Funding from Department of Children Youth and Families and Walter & Elise Haas Fund

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Additional funding doubles reach of ACSF's award-winning youth program.

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, announced that it has received grants from the San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. With the additional funding, ACSF can reach twice as many San Francisco youths through its in-school, after school and weekend Capoeira classes.

Funding from the DCYF will support The RAY Project, which ensures equal access to ACSF’s on-site youth programs by providing free and low-cost payment options to youth aged 5 – 19 from low-income families. The DCYF grant of $50,000 allows ACSF to expand on-site activities to include an additional day of Capoeira classes for all age groups, enabling the organization to serve 160 youth, twice as many as last year, while keeping class sizes down.

ACSF also received $20,000 in support from the Walter & Elise Haas for its school-based arts education programs, which bring instructional and performance programs to Bay Area schools predominantly serving low-income youth. Each year, ACSF brings performances to an average of thirty schools in the Bay Area, as well as 10 on-going residency programs offering weekly Capoeira classes. With the new funding, ACSF will serve schools in Bayview-Hunters Point, West Portal, and the Mission district area, reaching over 10,000 youth.

“Despite the economic up-turn in the San Francisco Bay Area, local schools are still suffering from cut-backs, and budgets for children’s programs have been pushed to the limit,” said Marcia Treidler, Artistic Director of ACSF. “There’s a desperate need for youth programs, especially for low-income students. These grants from DCYF and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund allow us to improve, expand, and sustain our youth-based programs year-round at ACSF and in our community.”

About ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco
ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) is an award winning non-profit organization that works to preserve, develop, and share the martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira and culture to build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community. Led by world-class artists, the organization addresses social and economic disparities that exist in our communities by offering high-quality, accessible instructional and performance programs for youth and adults. It integrates diverse communities and inspires civic responsibility, and personal and athletic success through physical, artistic, cultural, health education.

For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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