“Because our own story and the American story are not separate, they are shared. And they will both be enriched if together, we answer a new call to service to meet the challenges of our new century.” – President Barack Obama, “A New Era of Service”, July 2, 2008
Mentoring a young person is one of the most rewarding ways to answer President Obama’s call to service. If you are a San Francisco city employee, you can become a SF YouthWorks mentor. As a mentor, you will work closely with a high school student, teaching valuable skills, providing guidance and support, and exposing your intern to career opportunities in the public sector.
- SF YouthWorks mentors contribute to the growth of interns’ life skills and often have a huge impact on interns’ future achievement.
- By building relationships with youth, SF YouthWorks mentors create positive, constructive opportunities for them.
- SF YouthWorks interns are bright, capable students who can become integral members of an office team.
- Young people provide youthful energy and curiosity, which enliven an office and remind us all that we are only as old as we feel.
- YouthWorks mentors are not alone; YouthWorks offers ongoing and consistent support. YouthWorks staff members work with mentors to place appropriate interns, monitor internships, and provide consistent support and assistance.
- YouthWorks staff hold regular lunchtime workshops and networking events to provide resources and give you a chance to share ideas with other mentors.
- YouthWorks does all the administrative work! Worksite mentors do not need to worry about interviewing, employment-related paperwork, worker’s compensation, or payroll processing.
“I wish this program was around when I was growing up. I believe that YouthWorks is able to provide the necessary day-to-day tools to build life skills that schools do not teach. I believe this program offers youth a way to become more well-rounded and well-versed in the real world as well as the work force.” –YouthWorks Mentor