Youth Ages 18-24

 

The opportunities listed here are updated frequently.

If you know of a job, internship, scholarship, program, or other resource that should be included on this page, please let us know at info@dcyf.org.

Disclaimer: DCYF’s only purpose in sharing this list is to provide general information about opportunities for San Francisco youth. DCYF does not endorse any of the programs listed on this page, and is not liable for any of the services nor activities provided by any of the agencies listed on this page.

CITYBUILD

A nationally recognized construction training program providing career pathways for historically underserved residents into building and construction trades. Consists of three programs, all require participants to be at least 18 years old: CityBuild Academy, Construction Administration & Professional Service Academy, and CityBuild Women's Mentorship Program.


CITY YOUTH NOW’S YOUTH PARTNERING FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

City Youth Now’s Youth Partnering for Education and Employment (YPEE) program provides educational and employment support for youth ages 14-19. YPEE this through paid internships, college/vocational scholarships, and financial assistance for other education and employment related needs (interview clothing, exam fees, textbooks, and transportation to school, etc). Each year, City Youth Now also awards scholarships to college-bound youth to provide the financial resources necessary to begin their postsecondary education.

Eligibility:

  • Youth ages 14-19 that are involved in the San Francisco foster or juvenile justice system

  • Youth ages 14-19 that exhibit a need for preventative based services

  • Youth under 18 years of age require an approved work permit provided during onboarding

  • All participants must have a social security card

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information or an application, please contact emily@cityyouthnow.org.


CODEWIZARDSHQ

CodeWizardsHQ delivers fun and effective live, online coding classes for kids and teens ages 8-18. Their coding classes are designed to give students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world.


EMPOWERMENT TO EMPLOYMENT EXPRESS

The mission of Empowerment to Employment (E2E) is to create pathways to sustainable employment for transitional age youth. Participants must be between the ages of 18-24 and out of high school. E2E provides comprehensive professional development and skills training, followed by employment placement. Clients are guaranteed a 300-hour internship for 20-25 hours per week at a pay rate of $17.34/hour. Internship opportunities are in rising careers, such as construction, early child development, government, and more.


FOG READERS: VOLUNTEER TUTORS

Are you age 15 and up and looking for a volunteer opportunity? FOG Readers is a 1:1 tutoring program for children enrolled in grades 1-4 who are working on fundamental reading skills. Volunteers attend at least 7 hours of FOG Readers training, where they will learn about the program, how to build reading skills starting from letter-sound relationships, how to decode words, how to break down words into parts, and learn how parts of words can provide clues about meaning. Tutors are matched with one individual student, and are asked to meet with their students weekly for 30-min to 1-hour sessions.  In addition to the instructional time, on average tutors spent 30-60 minutes preparing for each session. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


FREE CAPOEIRA CLASSES

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) offers all of their Teen/Adult Capoeira classes to youth ages 13-19 FREE of charge ALL YEAR LONG. ACSF provides teens a safe space to challenge themselves, develop bonds with their peers, and make the transition from kid’s classes to adult training. While pre-registration is suggested, drop-in students will be admitted as long as they are on time.


FREE SCHOOL AND SPORTS PHYSICALS

SF Department of Public Health’s Community Health Programs for Youth (CHPY) is open for school physicals and sports physicals for youth ages 12-25. These services are offered at no charge to the student or family. Please call to make an appointment.

Locations: 

  • 3rd Street Youth Clinic, 1728 Bancroft Avenue (at 3rd Street), 415-822-1707

  • Cole Street Health Clinic, Huckleberry MSC at 555 Cole Street, 415-822-1707

  • Michael Baxter Larkin Street Youth Clinic, 134 Golden Gate Avenue, 415-673-0911 x259

  • Balboa Teen Health Center, 1000 Cayuga Ave. Room 156, 415-469-4512

  • Burton High School Clinic (for Burton students), 400 Mansell Street, 415-469-4006 x3

  • Willie Brown School Clinic (for Willie Brown Middle School and Marshall High School Students), 2055 Silver Ave., 415-642-8901


GOLDEN GATE AREA COUNCIL - BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Do you crave excitement and opportunities to develop your character? Golden Gate Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will gladly help you start your adventure with a unit that fits your needs and engrosses you in nature, values, and camaraderie. We offer various activities and programs to help you grow, learn, and have fun. With more than 20 Packs, Troops, and Ships to choose from, there is a scouting program that fits every individual. Whether it's the path to Eagle Scout or just a desire to learn about and enjoy the outdoors, scouting has something for everyone.

  • Sea Scouts for ages 14 to 20


Graduating from SFUSD in 2024? Get Your K2C Money!

If you are a graduate (Class of 2023 or 2024) of an SFUSD or SFUSD affiliated charter school, then you have at least $50 in your K2C account, plus any contributions or incentives to continue your education after high school! Claiming your money is easy - click the button below to learn how.


Healthy Choices AmeriCorps

Healthy Choices AmeriCorps seeks San Francisco community members to serve SFUSD by strengthening mentoring programs and supporting a positive school climate. This position is an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door in San Francisco public schools by coordinating programs and activities in partnership with School Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers, and Community Volunteers. Healthy Choices AmeriCorps members are paid a monthly stipend for their service engaging students, families, and school community members.


HYPE CENTER

The HYPE Center is a multi-service drop-in center designed by and for young people to easily access the services and resources they want from multiple providers under one roof. All of HYPE’s resources and services are free, and they welcome ALL Bay Area youth between ages 14-24. To join, drop in for a New Member Orientation between 11am and 6pm, Monday - Thursday, at 198 Potrero Avenue.


Juvenile Advisory Council Apprenticeship

The Juvenile Advisory Council (JAC) program is a paid opportunity for young adults ages 18-27 who have experienced the juvenile justice system. As an apprentice with the JAC, you will have the opportunity to work closely with seasoned professionals in various aspects of juvenile advocacy. This paid apprenticeship offers hands-on experience, mentorship, and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of young people. Starting compensation is $25.00 per hour.


Mission Voices Summer 2024

Mission Voices Summer (MVS) gives youth artists ages 15-19 the opportunity to explore relevant social and personal issues through a visual arts intensive program that results in a group exhibition on view to the public. MVS focuses on arts-based community development by pairing local artists with teens to develop visual arts projects unified by a single contemporary theme. MVS teaches youth to use the visual arts as a tool to express their creative voices and to make a visual statement about their ideas, interests and ambitions. MVS is a chance for youth to realize their fullest potential in conceptual artistic practice in tandem with individualized creativity.

MVS runs July 8 through August 1 with an opening reception for the group exhibition on August 1. Meetings are four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 12pm-3pm during the run of the program. 

Applications are due by July 1, 2024.


NextGen from RAMS

For San Francisco young adults ages 18-24, NextGen is a free program that offers 1:1 job support, including help with resume writing, free career assessment, interview preparation, and job search. Receive a free work clothes budget once you start the job interview process as well as free job coaching upon hire!  NextGen hosts job readiness workshops to prepare all participants. 

Join any time, and receive services immediately! 


PROJECT AVARY TEEN LEADERS

Are you a youth age 14 and up who has experienced a parent or loved one in prison, jail or ICE detention? Do you want to learn job skills and tap into your leadership potential? Project Avary is looking for enthusiastic Teen Leaders to help facilitate participation for children of incarcerated parents at our Group Mentoring overnight retreats, summer camp and online support groups. At Project Avary, teens are supported along a journey of growth, with the opportunity to train as paid counselors. Applications are always open and are accepted on a rolling basis.


PROJECT WHAT!

Project WHAT! (We’re Here And Talking!) is a paid leadership and advocacy program for Bay Area youth ages 14+ who had or currently have an incarcerated parent or have been impacted by the criminal justice system. The goal of Project WHAT! is to create a community that encourages children with incarcerated parents or those that have been system impacted to use their voice, pride, and power. PW Youth Advocates are trained as facilitators, and eventually use their experiential expertise and leadership skills to provide training workshops for law enforcement, educators, lawmakers, and other community members on how to interact with, support, and advocate for children with incarcerated parents. Using their public speaking and leadership skills gained through the program, they advocate for themselves and their peers at the local and State level by speaking at legislative hearings, participating in protests, and presenting at conferences.


QUEER LIFESPACE’S OUTLANDISH! PROGRAM

Outlandish! is geared towards LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-15 and 16-18. There are numerous studies demonstrating that time spent in nature is incredibly valuable for youth. In our modern-day culture, it is becoming an increasingly rare occurrence. The program aims to bring LGBTQIA+ youth out into nature for day-long hikes and other activities. The participants, accompanied by qualified adults, will be immersed in the natural world where they can learn about themselves and the complex ecosystems around them. There will be 1-2 outings per month on Saturdays. Groups will meet at a central location easily accessed by public transit either in San Francisco, Marin, or East Bay, and locations may include the Marin Headlands, any number of parks in the Oakland hills, Land’s End in SF, any of the hikes around Mt. Tam, and more.


Reclaiming Nature: Hood to Woods

Student and faculty researchers from Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) backgrounds at San Francisco State University have partnered with community organizations to learn about ancestral knowledge and cultural practices to heal in nature. Together, they aim to create life-changing and culturally-appropriate nature programs to reduce stress, promote health, and reclaim nature for BIPOC communities. Their community engaged-research program takes BIPOC young adults ages 18+ on nature trips once a month to experience the beautiful old Redwoods. Transportation is provided, and participants can get up to $120 in incentives. 


R.O.C.K. Volunteers

Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) is recruiting volunteers ages 18 and up to support their programs and events. R.O.C.K. is dedicated to nurturing the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access. R.O.C.K. aims to promote the positive development and long-term success of the youth that it serves through a combination of in-school and after school learning enrichment, sports and recreation, leadership training, outdoor adventures, and summer camp opportunities. R.O.C.K.'s programs are designed to serve youth in grades K-12 who live in or attend school in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley.


San Francisco Conservation Corps

The San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC) provides paid work experience, educational attainment, career readiness services, and barrier remediation for transitional-aged youth ages 18-26. The Corpsmembers work in programs that focus on recycling and sustainability, habitat restoration, climate resilience, zero waste facilitation, horticulture, landscaping, urban farming, public lands improvements, and more. The program provides participants with opportunities to improve academic skills & abilities, job readiness, and prepare for higher education, career development and employment. SFCC has an on-site campus at the John Muir Charter School, allowing Corpsmembers who have not yearned their diploma to work towards completing that goal while participating in paid hands-on job training. For participants that already have their high school diploma, we provide additional educational and vocational training opportunities. 

Benefits of being in the program:  

  • Corpsmembers are paid $19.50 per hour 

  • 30-40 hours per week 

  • Career Development Services 

  • Training and Certification Opportunities and Courses 

  • A number of supportive services such as housing, transportation and more 

SFCC applications are always open, and orientations to join the program take place twice a month.


SF LGBT CENTER DROP-IN SERVICES

SF LGBT’s Youth Services puts LGBTQ+ youth (ages 16–24) on a path to connection and stability. The program builds a strong queer youth community through education, creative and performing arts, community events, mental health services, and 10+ hours of weekly in-person and virtual youth drop-in navigation services. The SF LGBT Center is located at 1800 Market Street, and drop-in services are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-5pm and on Tuesdays from 11am-7pm. Visit this link to learn more about the LGBT Center’s Drop-In Services.


San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development’s HEALTHCARE ACADEMY

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development’s (OEWD) HealthCare Academy provides San Francisco residents ages 18 and up zero-cost occupational skills, training, and employment services to start careers in healthcare.


SF OFFICE OF ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS ENTERING THE WORKFORCE

Entering the workforce for the first time can be challenging, especially for young workers with limited work experience. Fortunately, the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development offers a number of programs and services designed to prepare young adults for the workplace.


SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S FREE COLLEGE & LIFE SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS

The SF Public Library is partnering with Study Smart Tutors to provide free college and life skills classes that range from socioemotional well-being to youth workforce development and college prep. Strengthen public speaking skills or explore career paths. Ask questions at college consultation office hours or learn how to improve a college admissions essay. Finish off the month with a regular mindfulness workshop to discover breathing techniques and build necessary skills. Classes are taught by veteran instructors dedicated to providing an individualized experience so that every high school student can realize and reach their post-secondary goals. Workshops open to students in grades 9–12 who live or attend school in San Francisco.


SAN FRANCISCO RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT RECREATION LEADERS

The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department (Rec & Park) is seeking qualified individuals for temporary positions as Recreation Leaders at facilities throughout the City. Recreation Leaders will become team members of a group of dedicated recreational professionals who seek to inspire SF kids to Get Out and Play! Rec & Park is hiring Recreation Leaders for several different types of camps - click the Learn More button for more information. All Recreation Leaders must have a High School Diploma/GED equivalent, and must have specific levels of qualifying experience.


SFUSD’S FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE

Tons of resources about financial aid for San Francisco students, including direct links to scholarship opportunities, videos about financial aid, timelines, worksheets, and lots more.


SFUSD’S SENIOR YEAR RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS/FAMILIES

Senior year is an exciting time that can be challenging to navigate. SFUSD has created a Senior Resource Guide that includes resources to help students and families navigate senior year and post-secondary planning.


SAN FRANCISCO YOUTH COMMISSION’S MONDAY FUNDAYS

Join the San Francisco Youth Commission at their monthly Monday Fundays! These community building events are for Youth Commissioners, youth at large, and community members to discuss important topics with each other.

Monday Fundays will take place at San Francisco City Hall in Room 345 on the first Monday of every month from 3:30pm to 5pm, before the first Full Youth Commission meeting of each month. Light refreshments provided!

If you have questions about Monday Fundays, please send an email to youthcom@sfgov.org.


TREASURE ISLAND JOB CORPS CENTER

Job Corps’ mission is to educate and train highly-motivated young people - ages 16-24 - for successful careers in the nation’s fastest-growing industries. Treasure Island Job Corps Center offers career planning, on-the-job training, and job placement, driver's education and English language learning, along with benefits including residential housing, food service, health and dental care, a bi-weekly basic living allowance, and a clothing allowance. Job Corps is fully funded by the federal government and is free for students and their families.


UCSF Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Lab’s FostrSpace

A mental health and wellness platform designed for foster youth by foster youth ages 18-26 who are currently or formerly involved in the foster care system. FostrSpace features a curated resource directory for San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa counties, navigators who provide connections to resources including housing, food, employment and immigration, and access to the FostrSpace Care Crew: experienced mental health clinicians who work with users to create a tailored care plan and session schedule based on individual needs and experiences.