School Year Opportunities for Youth Ages 14-25

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The 2019-2020 school year is here, and so are lots of opportunities for San Francisco youth ages 14-25 to develop new skills, delve into their interests, start new projects, and connect with their communities.


DCYF University for 16-21 Year Olds. DCYF University is recruiting youth leaders to become Specialists in Youth Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy. The DCYF University Youth Leadership program includes a series of seven workshops between October 2019 and June 2020. Participants will receive participation incentives, and will have the opportunity to help design and lead DCYF's 2020 Youth Advocacy Day. Applications are due by September 23.


ApprenticeshipSF. Administered by the City & County of San Francisco’s Department of Human Resources, ApprenticeshipSF programs are designed to move apprentices ages 18 and older from a low or no skill entry-level position to full journey-level occupational proficiency. Upon finishing the training program, an apprentice earns a "Completion of Registered Apprenticeship" certificate, an industry issued, nationally recognized credential that validates proficiency in an apprenticeable occupation. Apprentice positions open throughout the year.

CityBuild. The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s CityBuild initiative offers three programs for San Francisco residents age 18 and older: The CityBuild Academy, The Construction Administration and Professional Service Academy, and The CityBuild Women's Mentorship Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Community Youth Center’s Youth Workforce Development Programs. Community Youth Center is offering three Youth Workforce Development programs:

  • Construction Sector Bridge Program (CSB). The Bridge program is a five week training program targeted at youth ages 17-21 that provides them with the information and services they need in order to apply to CityBuild Academy. CityBuild Academy then trains them in a variety of construction trades. Upon completion of CityBuild, the youth are ready to apply to jobs in the construction sector! For questions and more information please reach out to Jules Litauer Chan at julesl@cycsf.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

  • Young Adult Work Link Program (YAWL). YAWL is an eight week program, offered after school once a week for two hours, that teaches youth ages 17-24 resume, cover letter, and interview skills. YAWL also includes career exploration, mock interviews, guest lectures, job/internship application support, and fun activities. YAWL offers paid skill-building workshops, 12-week internship experiences available within various industries, and direct job search services. For more information or to apply email Chloe Yin at chloey@cycsf.org Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Goodler Social Innovation Youth Summit. The Gooddler Social Innovation Youth Summit, co-hosted by the United Nations (UNFPA) inspires a new generation of technology-oriented youth to invest their entrepreneurial brain power into solving the world’s acute humanitarian problems. The Summit is a vibrant forum for university and high school student leaders who are interested in global development to learn, challenge, grow, and connect with a global community of changemakers. The Summit will take place on October 19-20 and is very likely to reach capacity quickly. Tickets are free and are first come, first served. Register ASAP.

LYRIC’s Youth Internship Programs. LYRIC will offer two youth internship programs in the fall of 2019:

  • Fall in the City is a paid leadership program for LGBTQQ+ and ally youth ages 14-18. Participants take charge and host their own queer dance for youth, organizing all aspects of it including marketing, logistics, and budgeting. Other topics explored during the program are: “queerness” and gender, history of the LGBTQQ+ movement, community building, and social justice-oriented topics including power, privilege, and race.

  • UndocuWorkforce is the Bay Area’s first paid leadership program for undocumented LGBTQQ and straight-ally youth ages 24 and under. UndocuWorkforce follows nationally recognized youth development best practices focusing on topics such as gender and sexuality diversity, intersectionality of immigration, race/ethnicity, and power dynamics while having the opportunity to learn how to support themselves financially, physically, and emotionally.

Youth interested in LYRIC’s Fall Internships need to attend an Information Session in order to apply. Six Information Sessions will take place between September 23 and October 8.

San Francisco Department of Elections Poll Worker Program. Every election, approximately 1,000 San Francisco high school students join forces with other members of the community to volunteer at polling places around the city. You can be a part of this experience and even earn a stipend for your service by applying to become a High School Poll Worker.. Applications are due by October 9.

Why My Family Counts in the 2020 Census Contest. A creative writing, poetry and arts contest for San Francisco youth ages 14-21. Write a 400 word essay; design an art piece (painting, graffiti, mural); or create a two minute video/audio recording about your family. Explain who your family is, how and where your family lives, and why you think counting every member of your family matters to gain an accurate picture of the people who live in this city. Submissions are due by October 31.


Did we miss something? Let us know at info@dcyf.org.