The SF YouthWorks Office is housed by its fiscal agent, Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC).
(415) 202- 7951
Elizabeth is from Graham, North Carolina, and earned her BA in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Before moving to San Francisco and joining the YouthWorks team, Elizabeth worked in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant at the Afterschool Alliance, a national policy organization that advocates for afterschool programs. She also interned for the College Promise Campaign, a national campaign for free community college. Elizabeth is passionate about helping students explore their postsecondary options. In her spare time, you can find Elizabeth traveling, running, and searching for the best ice cream in the city.
Elizabeth currently manages internships with: Department of Public Health.
(415) 229- 4687
Danielle is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Bayview and earned her BA in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the YouthWorks team she worked for SWEP a former JCYC Workforce Program. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, listening to music and trying new foods.
Danielle currently oversees internships with the: San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and The Department of the Environment.
(415) 202- 7912
Lealoa is a native San Franciscan. She received her BS in HR Management from California State University-Long Beach. While in Long Beach, she mentored at-risk youth and first-generation high school students. This sparked her passion in working with students and helping them to achieve their academic/ career goals. Prior to joining the YouthWorks team, she briefly worked in the Career Development Center at City College of San Francisco and in Academic Affairs at the CSU: Office of the Chancellor.
Lealoa currently oversees internships with the: Board of Supervisors, City Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, SFFD, SFUSD Student Advisory Council, Sheriff’s Department, and Department of Children, Youth and Families.
(415) 202- 7942
Lavonda is a San Francisco native who grew up in the Visitacion Valley Area. Lavonda participated in the JCYC programming when she was in high school and has served many different roles since returning to JCYC in late 2013. In her spare time Lavonda enjoys reading!
Lavonda currently oversees internships with the: Neighborhood Libraries and a few City Hall departments.
(415) 202- 7972
Tasha was born in San Francisco but grew up across the country in rural Vermont. She studied cultural anthropology and studio art at The University of Vermont and was trained to teach English as a second language at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She has worked as an art instructor, college advisor, and English teacher in Vermont, Maine, California and just returned from a year abroad in Cyprus. Tasha loves working with teens and being a part of a strong and confident transition from youth to emerging adulthood.
Tasha currently oversees internships with the: San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Department of Public Works, Department of Building Inspection, City Planning, Municipal Transportation Agency, Port of San Francisco, and SFO.
Associate Director of SF YouthWorks
(415) 202- 7904
Mandy is a San Francisco native. She graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Management Science and minored in Business. She has worked with youth since high school as a camp counselor and through work experiences from MYEEP as a participant. Mandy was also a CIT and PC in MYEEP and joined the Workforce team after college as the Payroll Coordinator. She is excited to be a part of SF YouthWorks! Her hobbies include traveling, trying out the new food trends, and watching dramas.
Director of Workforce Programs
Alvin is a native San Franciscan who has been on staff with JCYC and MYEEP since 1997. Alvin began his post college working life as a member of the first AmeriCorps class in 1994. That experience transformed a lifelong desire to be helpful into a career dedicated making the world better. He sees a better world as one where all young people see and become the responsible and empathetic adults they have the potential and desire to be. The superpowers that he employs most to do this work are an optimism with a super capital ‘O’ and an energy level that at times may rival the release at the Big Bang. These superpowers are deployed in every facet of his life – work, gym, sports, parenting, minimized sleep as well as hobbies like poker, fantasy sports and any competition. With enough effort he believes he can do anything and everything. It is the quality that he hopes everyone develops.
Data Analyst & Payroll Specialist
Eliza is from Bronx, New York. She received her degree in Sociology and Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After graduating, Eliza served with AmeriCorps for a year in Bridgeport, Connecticut as a tutor and mentor.
Zafiro is a transplant from the midwest. She received her BFA in Visual Communication and minor in Painting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After serving as an AmeriCorps member for two years in East San Jose, California. Zafiro joined the JCYC team to continue supporting young people in the community.
During her off time Zafiro enjoys going to art museums, working on projects, working out, cooking and most importantly – sleeping!