A bold initiative to disrupt the cycle of poverty through stable housing, award-winning academics, and workforce development for underserved teens who are committed to building successful lives.


With your support, LLA students will live in a safe, stable environment that improves academic achievement and successful transition to adulthood.


Life Learning Academy is in the midst of a three-year, $8 million campaign to raise funds for (1) capital and occupancy costs for the dorm, (2) organizational capacity-building, and (3) continued funding for baseline operations for the school and dorm. We have secured commitments from city agencies, industry partners, private foundations, and individuals dedicated to a vision of success for all young people, regardless of where they’re from or what they’ve done. For more information and to donate, click here or contact Cassie Blazer at cblazer@llasf.org.



In early 2019, Life Learning Academy will be able to provide what no other public school in California can offer—a no-fee, safe, stable home for students. LLA, a public charter SFUSD high school, has been offering individualized academics, workforce training, jobs, and social-emotional skills to students with challenging home lives for 20 years. The Bay Area’s housing crisis has loomed largest for these youth, and now Life Learning Academy is offering a solution.



LLA Student Demographics

  • African American 53%
  • Latina/o 26%
  • Asian / Pacific Islander 8%
  • White 5%
  • Unknown 5%
  • Mixed 3%

Truancy & Recidivism Reduction by LLA Students

  • Average Days Missed Prior to LLA: 27.9
  • Average Days Missed While Enrolled at LLA: 10.6
  • Anticipated days missed per semester by LLABUILD residents: 2.2


Eligible for free or reduced lunch


Living in unsafe or unstable housing


LLA students are less than half as likely to recidivate as other juvenile offenders


We believe every single kid, no matter what has happened to them or what they have done, can turn their life around. We exist to provide our students academic and job skills in a safe place with reliable relationships.



Our vision is to build a dorm that provides a healthy, stable family environment so our most vulnerable kids have a chance to forge lasting relationships, turn their lives around, and create the potential for happiness and success.


On March 9, 2018, Life Learning Academy broke ground on a place to stay for students with the most need. Once construction is complete and LLA has raised sufficient operating funds, the school can provide a home for unstably housed youth, while also offering the rigorous academic program, job training and placement, and life skills for which Life Learning Academy is known.


Life Learning Academy and the Treasure Island Development Authority executed a long-term lease with permission to build the dorm on campus. The project received overwhelming support from key stakeholders in government, education, and organizations representing and advocating for disadvantaged youth.


Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Bank of Marin
Barbary Coast
Dirk Beijen
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Boris & Vera Bogart Foundation
Boston Properties
Josh Brankman
Joanne Brown
Burr Pilger & Mayer
John Buoymaster
Lawrence Caplan
Claudine Cheng
City Mechanical
Continental Development Corporation
Core Innovation Capital
Ray Craun and Carol Kizziah
Mike Delane
Les DeWitt
Andrew & Beth Dioli
Dagmar Dolby Fund
Osbourn Erickson
First Republic Bank
James Fleming
Nancy Friedman
Carl Gellert & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
GGS Foundation
Joseph and Celia Grenny Fund

Ronda Gruber Foundation (Jack Scott & Hilde Brautingham)
Herbst Foundation
Jewish Teen Foundation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties
Susie Johnson
Walter S. Johnson Foundation
Kimball Foundation
Barbara & Keith Kizziah
David & Ann Kriozere
Allan & Norma Lammers
Langendorf Foundation
Learn to Give Foundation
Learning for Action
Eric Lee
Louis R. Lurie Foundation
Miranda Lux Foundation
Rick Mariano & The Hon. Katherine Feinstein
Mariposa Hunters Point Yacht Club
McKenzie Foundation
Howard & Shirley Miller
Will Mulcahy
Newburger-Schwartz Family Foundation
Newhall Foundation
Nixon Peabody LLP
Patricia Donovan Nunn
Oliver & Company
JaMel Perkins

Julie Ridenour
Margaret A. Roberts Foundation
Bob & Kevin Rodgers
Tony Salameh
Sand Hill Foundation
San Francisco Commercial Women’s Real Estate Association
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
San Francisco Police Officer’s Association
Naila Ganatra & Rob Simon
Sohn Foundation
Spray Foam Customs Inc
Steven Stein & Gabrielle Rilleau
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Maida Stupski
Third Legacy of Diablo Valley
Monique Villa
Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
Jake Warner & Toni Ihara
Danny Weinstein Youth Foundation
Mary & Ronald Weinstein MD
Jay Welch
Zev Wexler
Josh Will
Wilson Meany LP
Karl & Diane Wustrack
Zellerbach Family Foundation


Become an LLABUILDER by joining our list of supporters today, or by visiting our campaign page to help us reach our goal!

For additional information on how you can get involved please contact Cassie Blazer at cblazer@llasf.org.

Life Learning Academy is a nonprofit organization. Donations to LLABUILD are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.