San Francisco YouthWorks (YW) is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with paid work experience to develop their readiness for work and promote interest in public service careers. Since 1997, YW has served over 7,500 youth from every neighborhood in San Francisco.

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Natasha Baez, Employment Coordinator / nbaez@jcyc.org / 415-202-7912natasha

Natasha is a homegrown San Franciscan, who is a product of her community. During high school, Natasha participated in SF YouthWorks, and interned at the Human Services Agency. After graduating from June Jordan High School, Natasha attended Holy Names University where she earned a BA in Psychology. With her mind set on giving back to her community, Natasha returned to SF YouthWorks to become an Employment Coordinator. This year, Natasha will be overseeing internships in the San Francisco Public Library branches, Department of Elections, Treasurer and Tax Collector, Purchasing Department and Department of the Assessor-Recorder.



Brittany Robinson, Senior  Employment Coordinator / brobinson@jcyc.org / 415-202-7902                                                                                                                 

Brittany Robinson was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. She moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to attend San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.A. in Creative Writing. After graduating Brittany interned for San Francisco nonprofit 826 Valencia, where she developed and taught creative writing curriculum to students in a summer program. From there she went on to work for a similar nonprofit in Oakland where she fine tuned her youth development skills while working with students at Bret Harte Middle School in East Oakland. Brittany is passionate about empowering youth and supporting them as they cultivate strong leadership skills. In her spare time you are likely to find Brittany reading, riding her bike, traveling, or playing with her cat, Catty.

Brittany currently manages internships with the: Board of Supervisors; City Attorney; Department of Children, Youth and Families; District Attorney’s Office; Ethics Commission; Fire Department; First 5 San Francisco; Main Library; Public Defender’s Office and Sheriff’s Department.



Mandy Au, Payroll Specialist / mau@jcyc.org

Mandy received her degree from University of California, San Diego in Management Science. Since high school, she has worked with youth of all ages as a camp counselor and as a CIT with MYEEP. By participating in MYEEP, Mandy found her passion in helping others and the community. Having been through the entire MYEEP program, she wants to give back to the community what she learned and mentor the next generation of youth leaders.



IMG_5001Catherine (Katie) Ho, Employment Coordinator / cho@jcyc.org / 415-202-7915

Katie Ho was born and raised in Canton, Ohio—the home of the Football Hall of Fame.  She moved to the Bay Area for college, where she graduated and received her BA in Development Studies (the study of developing countries) in 2007.  After graduating,Katie worked in administrative support for a law office and a non-profit for youth with severe emotional disturbance.  She then decided to go to Cal State East Bay to pursue her masters in Social Work with a focus on Community Mental Health.  After Katie graduated in 2013, she pursued her passions to connect with youth and their communities by working in several schools Alameda and Contra Costa County doing school-based therapy.

Katie currently manages internships in the Building Inspection Department, Planning Department, Municipal Transportation Agency, Public Utilities Commission, Public Works, the Port, and SFO.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, playing with dogs, and running.



Thalea_YW_Newstaff_Pic Thalea Torres, Employment Coordinator / ttorres@jcyc.org / 415-202-7915

Thalea is an SF Bay Area native and grew up most of her life in a tiny, coastal town south of San Francisco called Pacifica. For school she went to UC Berkeley where she graduated in Psychology and Social Welfare. Following graduation, she worked for a foster family agency and a special needs nonprofit. She then spent a year living and working abroad in Ireland and returned home to bay area in June. Now, with Youthworks she will be overseeing interns/mentors in the Parks and Recreation Department, D. In her spare time she can usually be found exploring the bay area, dancing or doing yoga, and finding the best bakeries around.



IMG_1478Sydney, Employment Coordinator / sparms@jcyc.org415-202-7951
Sydney was born and raised in Central Ohio. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, majoring in sociology and  history. While in college, she worked on various sociology projects, including conducting a study in Pune, India on the barriers  facing lower caste women from obtaining higher education. After graduation, Sydney taught English to elementary school students  for a year in South Korea, and later middle school history at a charter school in Boston before moving to the Bay Area. This past school year, she taught at the charter district Aspire Public Schools in Oakland. Her passions include working with youth, cooking, hiking, reading, traveling, and watching anything comedy related.