About Pathways For Kids

Pathways for Kids serves to empower San Francisco’s Underserved, Inner-City Youth by exposing them to career opportunities through Mentoring and Motivational Programs, with an emphasis on Entrepreneurialism, Investing, and Capital-Building.

Our Vision

Founded in 1998 by local business leader, Peter Dwares and like-minded board members, Pathways’ vision is to prepare inner city kids for both higher education and a variety of career options by involving them in career exploration activities – in class, after class, in the workplace and one-on-one – tapping their imagination and motivation and inspiring them to explore their own paths. Through the ongoing recruitment of volunteer coaches, Pathways also advances philanthropy in our community as participants enjoy the opportunity to give back to the kids by sharing their own experiences.

Our Mission

Pathways For Kids serves to empower San Francisco’s Underserved Inner City Youth by “Exposing” them to Opportunities through Motivational Programs at Business Locations, with an Emphasis on Future Employment choices and Starting a Business. We do this by bringing twenty or so of our Youth to Businesses. For example at Ritz Carlton, they hear from the Doorman, the General Manager, Housekeepers, Sales Managers, Maintenance People, Waiters, Chefs etc., all potential jobs. At Google, they learn how to start a business from an idea.


Join Pathways For Kids at our 21st annual auction dinner and gala!

Come as your favorite Broadway character or actor!

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Buying a new car? Getting rid of an old one?

We’ve teamed up with Donate For Charity so you can easily donate your vehicle to Pathways for Kids. They will arrange for your car to be picked up and handle all the issues associated with donating your car.

Donate Your Car Here or Call Us: (866) 392-4483.

Past and Upcoming Programs

Pathways for Kids Field Trip to the Law Firm of Wilson Sonsini
Pathways for Kids Job & Career Fair at the Marriott Waterfront
Deloitte & Touche LLC
Charles Schwab
SF Superior Court
United Parcel Service
Port of Oakland
Deloitte & Touche
San Francisco Film Society
Macy’s Passport Fashion Show Dress Rehearsal
SF City Attorney’s Office
Judge Dekreon @ SF Superior Court
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
California Academy of Sciences
California Culinary Academy in San Francisco
Ritz Carlton Hotel
21st Annual Black College Awareness Fair
United Parcel Service
Port of Oakland
Deloitte & Touche
San Francisco Film Society

An investment in knowledge
pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin


We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of the foundations, corporations and individuals who have included Pathways for Kids as part of their commitment to charitable giving.

U.S. Bank | The GAP Foundation | Peter Dwares | George Marcus | The Charles D. Farber Memorial Foundation | Robert Shapiro | Andrew South | Irwin Fisher Construction The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | John Chiatello | Kiwanis of SF | Judy and Ronald Bushman | Richard Berman | Carol and Chuck Ott | Diane Wilsey | Myron Zimmerman | SF Foundation | Donald Dwares | Marv Gans | Kaiser Permanente | Dana Merker | Tom McKnew | Wai Lin Liao | Well Fargo Bank | San Francisco Giants Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Foundation | Dede Wilsey | Donald and Bonnie Dwares | George and Judy Marcus | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | Honorable Frank Jordan | Honorable Gavin Newsom | Honorable Willie Brown | Honorable Quentin Kopp | Jewish Community Endowment Fund | John and Lisa Pritzker | John York Kiwanis Club of San Francisco | Lucas Foundation | Mary Crocker Trust | Mayor and Mrs. Frank Jordan | Peter L. Dwares | Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund | Richard Guggenhime | San Francisco 49’rs | Southstar PM Inc. | Stanley Langendorf Foundation | Tad Taube | Taube Foundation | The Arthur C. Horne 1999 Trust | The Fred Gellert Family Foundation | The Kimball Foundation | The Upjohn Fund of San Francisco | Touchdown For Kids – SF 49ers Foundation | Union Bank | John A. Sobrato and Susan Sobrato Fund | Bernie and Ina Wasserman

Business Partners

Partner Schools

Pathways for Kids is grateful to be working with the following schools as we strive to increase our outreach to both our business partners and students.


Balboa High School | Benjamin Franklin Middle School | Downtown High School | Enola Maxwell Middle School for the Arts | Francisco Middle School | Galileo Academy of Science and Technology | George Washington High School | Gloria R. Davis College Preparatory Academy | Ida B. Wells High School | Independence High School | International Studies Academy | Lowell High School | Mission High School | Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School | Phoenix Continuation High School | Roosevelt Middle School | Thurgood Marshall High School | Wallenberg High School | Aspire California College Preparatory Academy | CARE | FLEX Academy

After-School Programs

Juma Ventures | New America Media | Upward Bound | Ask Academy | Excelsior Boys and Girls Club | Hunters Point Boys’ and Girls’ Club | Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program | Visitation Valley Boys & Girls Club | Western Addition Beacon Center