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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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Meet our Youth Leadership Team: Maveric

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. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring our 2017-18 Youth Leadership Team members on the blog!

Maveric was raised in San Francisco’s Outer Mission. He is currently a senior attending Lowell High School. Maveric started working with the JCYC during the summer of his junior year, interning for the IT department at the Public Defender’s Office. He appreciated the opportunities and real life experiences that YouthWorks offered high-schoolers, so following the end of his internship he applied for a position in the Youth Leadership Team. Maveric has always had an interest in computer science and technology, but is still unsure about the career he wants to pursue. Maveric enjoys staying active, doing a lot of hiking and running on his free time. He also enjoys photography, photoshop, binge-watching movies and TV shows, having random adventures with friends, and reading comics.

Today is #GivingTuesday - Donate to JCYC!

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Today is #GivingTuesday! Your contributions to JCYC will:

  • Provide over 2,200 youth per year with work experience and training;
  • Assist over 3,000 youth to prepare for and successfully enroll in college;
  • Educate hundreds of youth on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol;
  • Offer the highest quality preschool and child care services for over 200 children aged 2.5 to 10 years old;
  • Support youth in becoming our future leaders.

Donate to JCYC today to support SF YouthWorks and additional youth serving programs!

Meet our Employment Coordinators: Elizabeth Tish

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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 works with interns and mentors in the Department of Public Health.

Meet our Employment Coordinators: Jennifer Cho

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YouthWorks would like to introduce you to our Employment Coordinators. First up, meet Jennifer Cho!

Jennifer is a San Francisco native and grew up most of her life in Mission District and Richmond District. Jennifer participated in SF YouthWorks when she was in high school and interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Jennifer is currently a senior at the University of Washington finishing her B.A in Community, Environment, and Planning with an emphasis on sustainable transportation systems.

Jennifer currently manages internships in 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. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys traveling and trying out new restaurants.

Welcome Katie!

IMG_5001YouthWorks would like to welcome our newest Employment Coordinator, Catherine (Katie) Ho!

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.

Summer Session Mentor Applications Now Available

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We would like to thank all of our mentors for their dedication during the YouthWorks 2014-2015 School Year Session. They continue to provide positive and invaluable learning experiences for our youth in the workplace, and we are grateful for all the time they have put in to supporting their interns.

With summer quickly approaching we are shifting our programming into high gear. Last summer, YouthWorks was able to offer over 300 internships to low-income high school students in San Francisco (nearly double what we offer during the school year). This would be not be possible without all of our hardworking mentors.

We are always looking to grow our amazing team of mentors, especially for summer session. If you are eligible  to be a YouthWorks worksite mentor and would like to participate in YouthWorks Summer Session, please fill out an application (for new mentors) or mentor update sheet ( for returning mentors). Both can be found here.

Applications are due February 28th. For more information check out our website or shoot us an email at info@sfyouthworks.org 

 

Welcome Brittany!

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YouthWorks would like to welcome our newest Employment Coordinator, Brittany!

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.

Brittany currently manages internships in the Recreation and Parks Department. In her spare time you are likely to find Brittany reading, riding her bike, traveling, or playing with her cat, Catty.

New Study Shows Connection Between Youth Employment and Violence Reduction in Chicago

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A recent article in Science found that youth who were enrolled in a summer employment program in Chicago were less likely to become arrested for a violent crime offense than a control group that did not receive any employment services. The employment program provided youth with paid internships as well as professional development workshops and personalized mentorship.

In the study’s abstract, the author writes that “The findings make clear that such programs need not be hugely costly to improve outcomes for disadvantaged youth; well-targeted, low-cost employment policies can make a substantial difference, even for a problem as destructive and complex as youth violence.”

For access to the article, please click here.

Introducing the IDP

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.07.32 AMThis week, Employment Coordinators will introduce YouthWorks’ Individualized Development Plan (IDP) to interns. Interns will use the IDP to help set specific, short term goals during their internships. Previous interns have set goals that included raising their GPA, researching college options, and getting their drivers license.

Employment Coordinators and YLT members will periodically review these goals with interns to offer support and services that aid youth in reaching their goals. Employment Coordinators hope that by teaching youth strategies to set goals now that they are able to use these methods in the future.

'14-'15 School Year Interns Head Off to Work

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SF YouthWorks would like to wish our newly hired ’14 – ’15 School Year interns a great first day of work this week! Interns have already been hard at work attending two pre-employment trainings that provided instruction on work-readiness topics such as soft skills, time management, and dress code. Our Employment Coordinators would like to remind interns to review their “First Day of Work Tips” sheet in order to make the best first impression at work.