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What is Youth Jobs+?

Youth Jobs+ is a city-wide summer program to help San Francisco youth ages 16-24 find summer employment. Since 2012, we have provided over 19,000 youth with jobs and work opportunities! This initiative is a partnership between the City of San Francisco, United Way of the Bay Area, the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the San Francisco Unified School District, youth-serving nonprofits and the San Francisco business community.

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Get hired through Youth Jobs+

We partner with top employers around San Francisco—companies like Starbucks, Levi’s, Old Navy, and Target—and connect youth to the hiring managers looking for new employees! There are two main ways we can refer youth to employers:

  • Employer Events: At an employer event, hiring managers for a company interview (and sometimes even hire!) candidates on the spot. These invitation-only events are one of the best ways to get hired through Youth Jobs+.
  • Direct Referral: If an employer is not holding any events for their job opening, Youth Jobs+ will send the resumes of qualified applicants directly to the hiring manager for the position, who will then follow up with candidates they would like to interview.

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A community partnership to create pathways to success for San Francisco’s youth

Last year over 7,600 young people participated in new jobs and opportunities through Youth Jobs+, working at more than 130 organizations from Starbucks to Square to UCSF.

Youth Jobs+ succeeded because many partners came together to make it happen, including the employers, the community organizations that prepare youth for jobs, the Office of the Mayor, United Way of the Bay Area, city departments led by the Department of Children Youth and Their Families, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Young people had the chance to try out 21st century careers in fields from property management to technology to health care to retail. They saw first-hand how important it is to succeed in school in order to build their careers.

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Building confidence to dream big

LaRon Ryan, 21, was referred to 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.”