Hunters Point Family’s Mission
The Hunters Point Family’s mission is to prepare youth to become independent, strong, and productive adults through comprehensive support services that empower them to develop their full potential.
The Hunters Point Family vision is to strengthen and empower our youth so that they may become wise, compassionate, and powerful leaders who will help transform Bayview Hunters Point into a thriving and healthy community.
- Strengthen and retain Black youth and families in BVHP, with emphasis on public housing residents
- Build strong, committed, and principled community leaders
- Promote economic self-sufficiency throughout the community
- Promote mental & spiritual health
- Strengthen families
Our Extended Family Model
Since 1997, HPF has used a distinctive family-based model to create social, educational, and recreational services that build supportive and interdependent relationships among the participants, their families and staff. All activities are informed by the culture of the neighborhood, thereby allowing youth to thrive in their own community.
Empowering young people to become the wise, compassionate and powerful leaders needed to transform San Francisco's long-troubled Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhoods has always been HPF’s goal. Our distinctive family-based program model and Afrocentric approach are specifically designed to strengthen our youth and help them realize and achieve their full potential so that they can transform Bayview Hunters Point into a thriving and healthy community.
From our start as GIRLS 2000 in 1997, our singular focus has been addressing the issues that have long plagued our children and families: crumbling apartments, rampant drug use, failing schools, violent crime, unemployment and chronic health problems from the area’s toxic waste.
In a city famous for its affluence, progressiveness and diversity, our community is anomaly. Historically mostly African American, we once thrived as the bedroom community of the U.S. Navy Shipyard, our main employer. Because of shipyard recruitment during World War II, our’s became one of the only San Francisco neighborhoods with a majority of African Americans and we proudly developed a thriving community, purchasing homes and creating a commercial area along Third Street. The, in 1974, the naval shipyard closed leaving many formerly working and middle-class residents unemployed. The area was further devastated by the proliferation of crack cocaine and semi-automatic weapons in 1980s, and, today, we are considered one of the nation’s most depressed areas.
It was from the depths of this despair that HPF was born. It is the brainchild of longtime Hunters Point resident, Lena Miller, who founded GIRLS 2000, our seminal program, at the age 24, to address the specific needs of neighborhood girls like herself, and engage them in helping to revitalize the community.
Since then, HPF has designed a series of area-specific community programs focused on the entire child and based around our philosophy that they can transform their current reality and the entire community if they are 1) provided with easy access to needed support and resources and 2) given opportunities to gain awareness of their capabilities, develop the courage and ability to make life-affirming decisions, and with access to necessary resources and support.
Staff and Board
The Hunters Point Family is managed by Takai Tyler, Executive Director of Programs, and and Lena Miller, Executive Director of Development. This dynamic executive team manages and supervises all agency staff as well as implements and oversees all existing programs, develops new programs, identifies funding sources, and oversees the creation of collateral including the agency’s annual report and biannual newsletter.
Lena Miller, Executive Director of Development
Lena Miller, the Agency’s founder and current co-Executive Director, is a life-long resident of the Bayview Hunters Point district of San Francisco and has over twenty years of experience working with at-risk youth in group homes, schools, and camps. She has worked for Hunters Point Family since its inception in 1997. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She is currently a student at the University of San Francisco, where she is in the process of earning her Doctorate Degree in Psychology. She is also adjunct faculty at USF, where she teaches Program Design and Evaluation, the Foundations of Behavioral Health, and various field study classes for USF’s Masters in Behavioral Health program.
Prior to her work at HPF, she was a Special Assistant to the Mayor under Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr’s Administration, in the Office of Equity Programs where she helped to resolve discrimination complaints among City employees and ensured fair participation for Minority and Women Business Enterprises in City contracting.
Lena was appointed to the San Francisco’s Mental Health Board in 2011 after serving on San Francisco’s Urban Forestry Commission from 2005-2009. She is also a fellow of the Leaderspring program, an organization dedicated to promoting high-performing nonprofits by strengthening and connecting their executive and development directors and she is an alumni of Green For All’s first cohort.
Takai Tyler, Executive Director of Programs
Takai Tyler has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in the Bayview Hunters Point community. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; where she majored in Sociology and Child Psychology, and a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the Hunters Point Family agency, she worked for the Marin Abused Women’s Services, and the private foster care agency, Alternative Family Services in San Francisco working with transitional age youth primarily from Bayview Hunters Point.
Takai began her career at Hunters Point Family in 1998 as a Case Manager at GIRLS 2000 and was promoted to Program Director four months later. In 2004, she became a member of the agency’s Executive Team as Executive Director of Programs. Takai serves on the governing council of the Congress of African American Organizations and was a founding member of the violence prevention network – the Southeast Community Response Network (SECRN).
Board of Directors
- Jimmy Loyce, President
- Yvonne Watson, Treasurer
- Tanya Mayo, Secretary
- Kendra Stanley
- Niki Berkowitz