YouthWorks prepares interns for a successful start

San Francisco YouthWorks kicked off this year’s session with an interactive Pre-Employment Training. The workshop focuses on professionalism in the workplace, and addresses topics such as communication, appropriate office attire, and taking initiative on the job.

“I’m really excited, because this is the first time that we’ve extended the training to be more interactive and to go over a wider range of topics that will allow the interns to be successful,” explained Employment Coordinator, Larry Barry.

Youth brainstormed time management strategies and worked together to develop techniques for maintaining a positive attitude at work. “I feel that Pre-Employment gave them insight into non-verbal communication, first impressions, and how going the extra mile is very important,” commented Jerome Anderson, another Employment Coordinator.

Youth also had the opportunity to discuss the program with former interns. A group of exceptional past participants continue to play an active role as members of the Youth Leadership Team (YLT). YLT participants partnered up with Employment Coordinators to facilitate discussion and provide tips based on their experiences for a successful internship. Camile Richards, Associate Director, noted that the Youth Leadership Team member she worked with, “did an awesome job at facilitation. She brought in a lot of her personal experience from her past internship.”

The training brings together a diverse group of 11th and 12th graders from across the city preparing for internships in sites ranging from the Board of Supervisors to the Department of Public Health. It was the first in a year long series of bi-weekly workshops that will bring participants together throughout the year. Interns will have the opportunity to build relationships with one another as they learn about topics such as money management and career exploration. These workshops are one of the many ways that YouthWorks will continue to support interns throughout the year.

Pre-Employment allows offers Employment Coordinators the opportunity to spend more times with prospective interns as they finalize placements. Prospective interns are encouraged to demonstrate their professionalism and engagement in the program from the get go.