After eight years of being fiscally sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of California we have moved the project to the Peace Development Fund. We are grateful for all the years of support and mentorship from the Women’s Foundation. The Peace Development Fund is a progressive 501(c)(3) public foundation with a focus on peace, human rights, social justice and environmental protection. They fiscally sponsor 40 groups nationally. We’re excited about the move and look forward to partnering with Staff and other sponsored projects at PDF.

Expanded vocational curriculum

We continue to provide a supportive and creative community for immigrant and low-income young women of color who face significant barriers to their education, employment and financial self-sufficiency; barriers like poverty, discrimination and neighborhood violence.

We continue to create a curriculum and environment that builds self-esteem and confidence, collaboration skills and sisterhood for high-potential young women so they can thrive today and in the future.



What is new and exciting: Fall 2017

We started a one-of-a-kind intergenerational vocational arts sewing class at Independence High School in partnership with Success Center San Francisco, which has a successful GED program at Independence. Our class includes GED students, high school students and community members, ages 13-75. This program is an exciting concept, and we are thrilled to be part of this creative and bold adventure.



Since 2007 Turning Heads has collaborated with the Felton Institute/Family Service Agency at Hill Top High School, SFUSD high school for pregnant and teen Moms, and provided two ten week sessions of vocational arts sewing instruction. We offer hand and machine sewing, basic design, construction and exposure to the principles of entrepreneurship.

What is new and exciting: Fall 2016

Our long term, 11 years long, after school sewing program at Hill Top is now integrated into the school day. Our students receive credit toward graduation for attending Turning Heads vocational arts sewing classes. The result is a hugh success: more students attend, our class has stabilized and students are making exciting projects. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Sweeten you season! Shop Local, Shop Handmade!

JOIN US at one or all of our 3 holiday selling events.

1.  Bazaar Bizarre

Saturday December 1st & Sunday December 2nd 2012

Concourse Exhibition Center EAST HALL
620 Seventh St. (at Brannan)
 San Francisco, CA 94103-4901 11-6PM – FREE TO ATTEND. Sweet Dreams Booth # 24/25

2.  Global Exchange Fair Trade Store

  • Wednesday, December 5th, 2012, 4-7pm.

Give Back with Fair Trade Shopping Night #3

4018 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94114

SHOP to support Turning Heads & Sweet Dreams:                                                 20% of all sales given to back to us!

3.  3rd Annual Sweet Dreams Holiday Open Studio

  • DECEMBER 12th, 2012, 4-7:30.

520 Hampshire Street @ Mariposa San Francisco, CA 94114

SHOP to support Sweet Dreams. 100% of sales go to the young women members. New products, food, refreshments.

Spark Workshops with Sweet Dreams

Spark is a philanthropic network of young professionals who invest in grassroots women’s organizations to improve the lives of women around the world.  In San Francisco, SPARK has been providing Sweet Dreams with a year of pro bono workshops to assist with their operation of their business. They are indeed      “business women in the making. “

  • Topics to be covered include:

*Personal Finance: saving, budgeting, access to credit
*Building Customer & Fan Base through Social Media
*Intro to Excel for Personal and Business Budgeting
*Solidifying the Sweet Dreams Value Proposition
*Career Night
*Leadership / Self-Awareness / Confidence Building
*Intro to Merchandise Planning/Retail
*Sales and Negotiations


Fashion Showcase


This Earth Day inspired showcase celebrated the creativity and strides of Turning Heads’ at-risk San Francisco youth with a love for sewing and fashion as they set new sights for themselves through the mentorship of aspiring CCSF fashion designers. Eight teams, 1 CCSF designer paired with 1 Turning Heads designer, transformed recycled clothing from Goodwill Industries into exquisite evening wear.

April 25, 2012 over 100 guests: designers, colleagues from local design programs, families, friends and interested fashionistas crowded into the downtown Wells Fargo Bank for a lively evening of models sporting the stunning, sparkling eveningwear, refreshments and much networking.

“Fun collaborating with someone who is more skilled and a different point of view.” – Veronica, Turning Heads student designer

“I was impressed with how well everyone came together in partnership and created such beautiful dresses.” – Melissa, Turning Heads student