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.

Blog Post Archive


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. […]

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 […]

And They're Off! YouthWorks' Summer 2014 Session Begins Today

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 […]

Welcome Leslie, Danielle and Andrew!

YouthWorks 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


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 […]

And the Winner is...

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 […]

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 […]

Announcing SF YouthWorks Second Annual College Scholarship Competition

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 […]

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 […]