’14-’15 School Year Interns Head to Work


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.

Welcome Sabrina!


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

Sabrina Mah was born and raised in the East Bay Area, specifically Alameda and Oakland. She attended Encinal High School, and graduated with her BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara in 2008. After attaining her degree, Sabrina was contracted by EPIK (English Program in Korea) and moved to Ulsan, South Korea to teach English as a foreign language at Dalcheon Middle School. When she returned to the United States, she completed her teaching credential program at Mills College in 2012, and has since worked as an English teacher with Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro and Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, as well as a tutor and Recreation Leader for the Emeryville Community Services Department.

In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys reading fantasy novels and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Sabrina manages internships with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Introducing Our 2014-2015 Youth Leadership Team!


YouthWorks has hired its 2014-2015 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.

To learn more about our fabulous YLT members, read on:

Alexis was born in San Francisco and raised in the Western Addition area. She is a junior at George Washington High School and is hoping to attend CSU Long Beach. She would like to become a pediatric nurse. Alexis is also working with Juma Ventures and currently works at AT&T Park. On her free time Alexis loves to go shopping, explore new things, try new foods and also hang out with her friends. Alexis is passionate about school, friends and family and she wishes to travel the world one day.

Gabrielle (Gabby) was born in San Francisco and raised in the Richmond District. Her interest in mentoring youth started when she decided to volunteer as a Sunday school teacher for both 3rd and 4th graders at Star of the Sea Religious Education Program, and also becoming a member of the Lowell California Scholarship Federation as a tutor in her sophomore year. She applied to SF YouthWorks the summer before her junior year, and acquired an internship at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s Prisoner Legal Services. Now, she is in her junior year at Lowell High School, where she is a part of Lowell Robotics, Lowell Fil-Am Club, Lowell Volunteer’s Club, and the Peer Resources Program as a mentor. She is determined to join the Lowell Forensic Society and Mock Trial as well, in order to help her pursuit in becoming a criminal lawyer. Her hobbies include practicing the viola, writing music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Grace was born in Chicago and moved to San Francisco a few years later. She grew up in the South of Market area ever since she moved to San Francisco. Grace is currently a high school senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory and will be graduating in May 2015. She hopes to major in biochemistry in college and later be an oncologist. Her hobbies include listening to music, baking, watching her favorite movies, The Sandlot and Miracle, and going to the ice rink to spend time with her friends. Before becoming a Youth Leadership Team member, she interned at Bank of the Orient as a receptionist and at San Francisco General Hospital as an assistant to senior clerks at the front desk.

Mindy was born and is currently living in San Francisco, CA. She currently goes to Lowell High School, class of 2015. At the age of fifteen, Mindy began her first internship under the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in the summer of 2013. There she worked with other youth in learning about teamwork, leadership, and the natural environment. Later on, she also participated in other internships, constantly striving to improve upon her leadership and teamwork skills. At school she is a peer mentor, CSF tutor, and an officer for her volunteer club. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, singing, reading, biking, and hiking.

Tiana was raised and born in San Francisco, California. She currently attends George Washington High School as a student in her junior year. Her earliest experience with job employment was with MYEEP (Mayor’s Youth Educational Employment Program), a program of JCYC. The position she worked under was as an intern and teacher assistant at Little Children’s Developmental Center. She interned with the Department of Public Health in the Summer 2014 session.

Run (or Walk!) the SF Aloha 5K



On September 20th, runners and walkers of all abilities will gather at San Francisco’s Crissy Field for JCYC’s SF Aloha 5K. This event-packed day will feature a 5K race, a Keiki Run (for ages 6-13), and Tot Trot (for ages 2-5) as well as Hawaiian themed music and snacks for after the race. All runners will also receive Aloha goodie bags, generously provided by our sponsors. Pets welcome!

Register here today! (And be sure to note SF YouthWorks with your registration.)

Proceeds for the 5K will support children and youth services for JCYC, including the SF YouthWorks program.

Intern Spotlight: Anna Bernick

Mayor’s Office on Disability Intern Anna Bernick wrote this piece describing her first few weeks as a YouthWorks Intern. To see a video of her presentation, click on the link here. (Her presentation begins at 29:24.) 


For the past three weeks I have had the privilege to work at the Mayor’s Office on Disability. At MOD I do much more than filing and copying. I go to some of the meetings with the other staff members, write up articles for the website, and do research about the Disability Rights’ Movement.

For the meetings, I have been to three of them. The first one was on my second day of work Tuesday June 10th. The meeting was for Vision Zero, a project first founded in Sweden in 1997 for pedestrian safety on the crosswalks. The program was introduced to SF by Mayor Lee because there were 25 pedestrian and bicyclists’ deaths in 2013 alone. At the meeting, Fire Marshall Commander Ali presented about Vision Zero’s history, John Knox White of MTA talked about VZ’s Safety Education subcommittee, and Supervisor Yee discussed the District Attorney and education program. My second meeting that happened on Friday June 20th was a crucial one because it was the meeting of the Mayor’s Disability Council. The MDC was formed in October 1998 for three reasons:

  • To advise the Mayor on disability issues
  • To work with the MOD to ensure ADA Compliance
  • And to provide a public forum to discuss disability issues

During that meeting, I was able to make a presentation about myself where I explained who I was, what are the pros and cons of my disability, my career goals, and what I hope to learn during my internship. The MDC meets on every third Friday of the month at City Hall, RM 400 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday July 18th. The most recent meeting I went to was on Monday June 23rd. That meeting was for elevators for SROs or Single Room Occupancy. Since many who live in SROs use wheelchairs or have trouble using the stair, elevators are their only option. However since many elevators either aren’t up to code or often break, many residents are often times prisoners in their own homes forcing them to miss things such as medical appointments and important events.

Even though it’s only been three weeks I have worked on many articles. The articles I’m working on now are about the Disability Rights’ Movement, disability rights activists, new updates, and the new staff at MOD. Most of these articles are set to show on the MOD’s website.

Most importantly I am learning a lot about the Disability Rights’ Movement. Events like the 504 sit in of 1977, the “Deaf President Now” protests at Gallaudet University of 1988 and “Capitol Crawl” of 1990 are the most important events of the movement and each event ended in a significant progress in disability rights. As a young person with a disability, I think I along with other teenagers should learn more about this entire movement.

Enrichment Day Summer 2014


To start off their work week, interns attended our Enrichment Day where they participated in professional development workshops and attended a career panel with city officials.

Department of Public Health panelist, Vincent Fuqua, shared this piece of advice with interns, “If you are waking up and are happy to go to work, you’re doing the right job.”

Special thanks to all of our panelists and the staff at the State Building for hosting us!

And They’re Off! YouthWorks Summer Session Begins Today

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Over 250 interns head off to their first day of work this week as part of the 2014 Summer YouthWorks session. Over the next eight weeks, interns will gain valuable job experience, create resumes, and develop a professional network. We would like to thank all of our mentors and supporters who continue to make these internships possible.

Welcome Leslie, Danielle and Andrew!

photo 1-2YouthWorks is excited to announce the addition of our newest staff members: Leslie Long, Danielle Anderson, and Andrew Wu! All three coordinators have previously participated in JCYC youth employment programs and are excited to give back in their new roles. Click here to read our new staff’s bios.

YouthWorks Art Fundraiser on 5/16


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SF YouthWorks has partnered up with Nexus ArtReach and the De Young Museum for an upcoming art show and fundraiser at 111 Minna Gallery on May 16th from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.. The art show promises to challenge and expand viewers’ idea of what art is and offer a preview of where art may be going in the future. Donations will be collected at the door for SF YouthWorks. This event is 21 +.


For more information, click here.

And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Tram Le and Li Huang who won SF YouthWorks’ Annual Department Research Project Competition on April 4th! Tram and Li currently intern at the Department of Public Health and created a fun and informative video demonstrating the skills they learned at the office.


To watch the winning video, click here: 2014 Department Research Project Winner



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