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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]