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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Youth Leadership Team (YLT)


Youth Leadership Team members are former YouthWorks interns who return for a second year in order to plan and facilitate workshops for current interns and assist in general YouthWorks programming.

Adam was born in the capital city of the Philippines, Manila. 3 years after being born he and his family moved to the United States. Adam grew up in the Tenderloin District and is currently attending the high school, Sacred Heart Cathedral. He dreams of becoming an environmental engineer/scientist as a career, he plans to attend UC Santa Cruz (although undecided) to take his first step into his career as a tender of the environment. Adam began working for YouthWorks during the summer of 2015, as his first Internship. Later on during the end of the summer he had the opportunity to work more closely with YouthWorks by becoming a YLT and giving back to the community. Adam is very open to new experiences and is a very adventurous soul. He likes long walks around the city and dreams of living in New York one day. His interests includes art, hiking in the woods, long walks around the city, horror movies and making new friends!

Art was born in Thailand and moved to Canada before he eventually settled in San Francisco. He is currently attending Lowell High School. At the age of 16, Art decided to apply for the YouthWorks program, where he worked as a camp counselor before finally joining the Youth Leadership Team. Someday, Art hopes to become a programmer. When he’s not stressing over homework, Art can be seen eating, playing video games, and drawing. Occasionally, Art loves to program any ideas he’s daydreamed about, or tutor those who want help in programming.

Ilana is a proud San Franciscan and senior at Gateway High School.  Born and raised in this amazing city, she is used to engaging with and meeting diverse groups of people.  At school Ilana spends each week at the Yoga Club, which she founded herself!  She is currently on her second year working with her Gateway’s Peer Resources group, and is no stranger to planning and leading workshops as well as helping others.  Passionate about SF Youthworks’ mission to help students, Ilana is very excited to use her skills to help lead them to success. Ilana is still figuring out her dream college, but she aspires to get an education in business and own a company one day.  When she’s not working, Ilana can be found hanging out and talking with friends, listening to music, playing the piano, or surfing the web.

Rawley was raised in South San Francisco and moved to San Francisco in 2010. Currently a senior at Wallenberg high school, Rawley recently completed an internship with YouthWorks at the Richmond Branch library. YouthWorks and YLT interested her because of the unique opportunity that it provides to gain work experience while also giving back and helping others learn new things, and she hopes to pass on as much knowledge as she can to new YouthWorks interns. Rawley enjoys volunteering, and tries often to take opportunities where she can to give back to her community. She plans to go to college in Southern California and major in communications. Rawley also loves art, baking, and traveling to new places.

Shirley  was born and raised in San Francisco’s North Beach and SOMA districts. She has participated in the JCYC (Japanese Community Youth Council) programs since the summer before her freshman year. She started off in SWEP (Student Work Experience Program) and stayed with them for three years before moving on to YouthWorks during her junior year. Now, as a member of the Youth Leadership Team, she hopes to give back to the programs that have given her so much work experience throughout her high school career. She is currently a senior at Lowell High School, where she is treasurer of the Domestic Violence Awareness Club. Shirley has a keen interest in the science field but is still undecided about her major as well as what career she wants to pursue. Her hobbies include eating, reading, traveling, and binge-watching TV shows.