Youth Workforce Development Service Area Strategy

Youth Workforce Development 



The Youth Workforce Development (YWD) Strategy is designed to provide youth ages 14 to 17, justice-involved youth ages 14 to 24, and disconnected TAY ages 18 to 24 with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that will prepare them for the world of work. YWD programs offer job readiness and other training, work based learning experiences and transition planning activities all intended to expose youth to jobs and careers, provide work experience and help them begin to connect their long term goals with the educational and employment steps needed to achieve them.

DCYF allocated $8,729,000 in annual funding to 34 programs across 30 agencies for the Youth Workforce Development (YWD) Strategy.

Strategy Goals include:

  • To ensure that a range of workforce development placements and opportunities that are responsive to the local labor market are available to youth. 

  • To help participants understand the importance of academic success and the role that high school and post-secondary education play within the context of career development.

  • To ensure that justice-involved and disconnected TAY can access the workforce development programs that are able to address their unique needs while building their workforce and career related skills.

  • To create a pipeline of job ready local youth that are prepared to access the current jobs and careers in San Francisco.

Our Youth Workforce Development (YWD) Strategy 2018-2023 Grantees include: