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. […]

Today is #GivingTuesday - Donate to JCYC!

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 […]

Meet our Employment Coordinators: Elizabeth Tish


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 […]

Meet our Employment Coordinators: Jennifer Cho

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 […]

Welcome Katie!

YouthWorks 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 […]

Summer Session Mentor Applications Now Available

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 […]

Welcome Brittany!

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 […]

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

Photo by Daniel Schwen

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 […]

Introducing the IDP

This 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 […]

'14-'15 School Year Interns Head Off 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 […]