Last year nearly 130 companies stepped forward to provide 6,300 young people with the chance to explore 21st century careers in fields from property management to technology to health care to retail.

Since 2012, we have provided over 34,000 youth with jobs and work opportunities and counting!

Building Confidence to Dream Big

LaRon Ryan, 21, was referred to Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ at United Way through City College of San Francisco’s Guardian Scholars program, which serves former foster youth. He was placed in an internship at Jawbone, a technology company.

“It hasn’t always been easy for me,” LaRon said. “I’m independent, fighting to get a good education and make it here in San Francisco. Over the years, I’ve learned how to advocate for myself and take initiative. That’s how I got my tech internship at Jawbone, a technology company. It pretty much changed my life.

The people at Jawbone trusted me to get the job done, and I’m doing so well that they’ve hired me on permanently!

My mentors believed in me. They gave me a chance to prove myself. They helped instill in me the importance of education and changed the way I approach college. Now I want to be an entrepreneur. I’m dreaming big, and for the first time I feel like my dreams are within reach.”