For Mentors

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

“[The interns] are great!!! I really enjoy making a difference, teaching our youth job skills, and being a mentor. Our department is more organized, self sufficient and student-operated. Thank you for providing a great program that allows professionals work with students.” (Salvador Lopez Barr, returning YouthWorks mentor: Student Leadership & Engagement Supervisor for SFUSD)

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.
  • SF YouthWorks mentors are not alone; SF YouthWorks offers ongoing and consistent support. SF YouthWorks staff members work with mentors to place appropriate interns, monitor internships, and provide consistent support and assistance.
  • SF YouthWorks staff hold regular lunchtime workshops and networking events to provide resources and give you a chance to share ideas with other mentors.
  • SF 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 SF 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!