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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Why be a San Francisco YouthWorks Mentor? Because you can make a difference in the life of a young person.

“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

Sign up to be a YouthWorks mentor today!