Using a career development approach, San Francisco YouthWorks seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • Provide high school juniors and seniors with an opportunity to explore careers in public service
  • Help YouthWorks interns develop leadership and job skills
  • Ensuring the success of SF YouthWorks interns and mentors by providing ongoing support, training, problem solving and involvement.

Each year, over 300 high school students are accepted into the SF YouthWorks program and are placed with mentors in city government departments including the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Fire Department, and the Public Defender’s Office. SF YouthWorks exemplifies President Obama’s call for “a new era in service,” giving public sector employees the opportunity to nurture interns’ career goals and teach them imperative job skills. *See below for full list of placements.

To ensure that interns are maximizing their learning, SF YouthWorks staff members monitor each intern’s progress through regular 1-on-1 check-ins, site visits, workshops and provide ongoing career and life skills counseling.

SF YouthWorks is administered by The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), a nonprofit community organization that serves youth and families in San Francisco. Since 1997, over 10,000 students have gone through the SF YouthWorks program.

SF YouthWorks currently places interns with the following city government agencies and departments: