In 1968, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center (West Bay) was founded by local activist Ed de la Cruz and other social activists to address the most pressing socioeconomic challenges facing the Filipino immigrant community living in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) District. West Bay was born from a consolidation of six established community service agencies that served the Filipino community at the time in 1968. These agencies offered community services such as vocational training and employment opportunities, domestic violence resources, transportation coordination, early literacy program for children ages 0-5, parenting workshops, legal and immigration assistance, healthcare, housing information assistance, counseling, crisis hotline, and case management. The consolidation of these agencies greatly improved community programs and developed a more coordinated service delivery system for the SoMa community. West Bay was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on October 21, 1977.
One of the most important vital services that West Bay added in response to community feedback is its afterschool and summer youth programs. In 2004, West Bay opened its doors to grades K-5 Filipino and SoMa children with the help of volunteer students and alumni from the University of San Francisco (USF). West Bay is the only organization in the SoMa whose youth programs are intrinsically linked to USF student organizations and academic departments. In 2007, West Bay applied and received its first government grant for our afterschool and summer youth programs. Since it first opened its doors to Filipino and SoMa children and youth, West Bay’s youth programs have increased the number of honor roll students each year. We have a 100% homework completion rate, improved participant’s good citizenship and respect for others, and increased the likelihood for students to make healthier decisions physically and socially.
For more than 45 years, West Bay has provided culturally-sensitive academic, social, health, and economic sustainability services to newly arrived immigrant youth, their families, and seniors in the SoMa community of San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Starting in the summer of 2014, West Bay began a new path toward an intensive focus on college preparation for its youth programs by reforming our youth programs. The Afterschool Academic & Values Enrichment Program is for our grades K-7 students. The College Preparatory Program is for our grades 8-12 students. In the summer, our Summer by the “West” Bay Program includes all grades K-12.
- Archimedes Dayan (President), Registered nurse at Kaiser Permanente
- Rex Tabora (Vice President), Founder and President of Greenboxsf Public Relations and Communications Firm
- John Ngau (Secretary/Treasurer), Broke at Pacific Realty
- Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III (Board Member), Professor at Golden Gate University and University of San Francisco, Board President at Pilipino Senior Resource Center
- Anthony Luna (Board Member), Attorney at Remo Luna Law
- Carmen Colet (Board Member), Board Member at Asian Art Museum
Vivian Araullo (Non-Voting): Executive Director of West Bay
Board Legal Counsel (Non-Voting): Rodel Rodis, Chief Attorney at Rodis Law Offices