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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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 2014 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



5th Annual Youth Advocacy Day


Interns participated in the Youth Empowerment Fund’s 5th Annual Youth Advocacy Day, where interns met with city officials from over 25 different city departments and community based organizations including SFUSD, SF Recreation and Parks, and the Board of Supervisors.

Youth Leadership Team members led some of the workshops where participants discussed issues that affect youth in San Francisco. After the day, youth left feeling empowered and more knowledgeable about how they could engage with city officials.

Announcing SF YouthWorks Second Annual College Scholarship Competition

YouthWorks 2013 Scholarship Winners, Regina Ramirez and Luan Tran
2013 Scholarship winners, Regina Ramirez and Luan Tran 
We are pleased to announce SF YouthWorks second annual scholarship competition for high school seniors. If you are on track to graduate this spring and will be enrolled in a post-secondary education program in the fall, we encourage you to apply. Up to five interns will be awarded one-time scholarships ranging from $400 to $600. Interns will be selected based on short answer questions, mentor references, and financial need. All applications must be post-marked or submitted electronically to lbarba@jcyc.org by April 11th. 
To apply please submit
  •  Copy of unofficial transcripts (including first semester of senior year)
  •  Copy of resume (contact your Employment Coordinators for help creating one)
  •  Complete application form (click HERE to download)
  •  2 short answer questions (See attached application for questions)
  •  Mentor reference form ( (click HERE to download, submitted separately)
*Please note that we will request proof of enrollment at a post-secondary institution will be require before the scholarship is awarded. Contact your Employment Coordinator with any questions or concerns.


Speakin' Up: Interns Learn the Ins and Outs of Public Speaking



Can you say this five times fast?

Give me the gift of the grip top sock.

A drip drape, ship shape, tip top sock.

Not your spinslick, slap stick, slip slop stock;

But a plastic elastic, grip top sock.

Interns were put to the test by this and other tongue twisters during their last workshop in order to practice their public speaking skills. Interns enunciated and articulated their way through different public speaking exercises in order to make them feel more comfortable with their upcoming Department Research Project presentations. Interns also learned how to create a speech outline and reduce their nervousness when addressing a group of people.

YLT Member, Maggie, who co-led the public speaking workshop explained why she felt it was important for youth to learn public speaking skills:

“For youth there will be a lot of events like interviews that require you to speak well. Public speaking is important because it is how we channel our thoughts into words—the way that we present it is the way that people will perceive us.”

Come to Our March 6th Happy Hour Fundraiser!

SF YouthWorks is excited to announce our upcoming Spring Happy Hour Fundraiser at Mr. Smith’s (34 7th St., San Francisco) on Thursday, March 6th from 4:30-7! Proceeds go to college scholarships for our stellar high school interns. There will be door prizes and a special drink menu crafted for the event. To RSVP, please visit our Evite or Facebook page.

Recognizing our Mentor of the Month: Judy Lee

The mentors who volunteer to work with SF YouthWorks interns are an incredible group of city employees. To show our appreciation of this commitment, we highlight our Mentor of the Month. This year, we turn the spotlight on Judy Lee from the Department of Human Resources’ Workers’ Compensation Division.

Thank you Judy for the great work you do as a YouthWorks mentor!

Judy works as a Finance and Support Analyst in the Workers’ Compensation Division of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources. She has mentored with SF Youthworks since June 2013.

Judy is no stranger to the world of youth work. In fact, when she was a teen she landed her first job with SF YouthCares where she worked mainly with senior citizens teaching English, cooking, and art classes.

“Having undergone a similar program when I was in high school, I find it helpful to assist with my current interns through their routes to college and the future careers fields later,” she explained.

A few fun facts about Judy: she double majored in Statistics and Economics at UC Davis, played volleyball for well over 17 years, and speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish.