Women’s History Month: Sherilyn Adams, a Leader Dedicated to Fighting Youth Homelessness

Women’s History Month: Sherilyn Adams, a Leader Dedicated to Fighting Youth Homelessness

This March, we’re offering rides to places honoring women’s contributions to our nation’s history, as well as select women-owned businesses.*

We’ve been speaking with inspirational women across the country for Women’s History Month. We started with Valerie Jarrett, and she introduced us to some women who are doing great things in their communities.

Today, meet Sherilyn Adams — the Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services, San Francisco’s largest nonprofit provider for young people experiencing homelessness. In 2012, the White House honored her as a “Champion for Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness,” and in 2015, Mayor Ed Lee honored Sherilyn as one of the courageous leaders changing the lives of San Franciscans.

One of our drivers took Sherilyn on a ride through San Francisco and asked about the places that made her. Here’s what Sherilyn had to say about the Tenderloin Museum and Jane Warner Plaza:

The Tenderloin Museum
“The Tenderloin Museum is just a few blocks from Larkin Street's HQ. The vibrancy of our city and its residents' strength and perseverance is on full display at the Tenderloin Museum. When Larkin Street Youth Services opened our drop-in center in the Tenderloin, I felt a sense of responsibility to honor the history of the Tenderloin, as well as be an active part of their community. When I first came to the museum, I felt wrapped in the history of everything I could see and who was in this part of the city. The way the museum countered all of the messages we get about the Tenderloin allowed me to think about the community in a positive way. When we've come here for events, volunteering, or when we did our staff appreciation [event] here, it helped us feel like part of the community — both in the way that it's a privilege and a responsibility.”

Jane Warner Plaza
“Jane Warner was a police officer in the Castro [neighborhood of San Francisco] for a long time. When she passed away, they created the plaza in honor of her. When we first opened our housing program, she was often working that beat, and she was super helpful and kind with the young people. She was probably one of the first out lesbians in the force — I can imagine that that was not always easy. Early on in the LGBT movement, sometimes lesbians were not given the same recognition as gay men were. It’s special to me because [the Plaza] represents the freedom to be out and be who I am as a person, a woman, a lesbian and a mom — and it's a place where my kid is safe to be part of a lesbian family.”

Get $10 off* 1 ride to or from one of these places, and learn more about their contribution to women’s history. Use code: WHMSFO

*Max $10 off per ride. Limit one credit per Lyft account. Credit will not carry over for an eligible ride costing less than $10. Credit must be entered into Lyft app and used between March 7, 12:00 AM through March 31, 2019 11:59 PM. Ride must start or end at a participating location listed above. Discount does not apply to tips, cancellation fees, damage charges, or taxes. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Service.

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