Empowering Youth with Jobs
“My experience as a Salesforce summer intern is one that I will certainly never forget—gaining job experience, networking and being exposed to one of the most innovative companies in the world has been an amazing journey for me.”
– Sydney Thomas, Salesforce intern
Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ is a city-wide initiative put forth to help young adults ages 16-24, especially those with low-incomes or who are not engaged in employment or education, find meaningful work experiences to help them gain practical knowledge while developing skills essential to succeeding in today’s economy. More than 150 private sector employers (including companies like Starbucks, Target, FibroGen, LinkedIn, and Salesforce) along with over 60 nonprofits such as Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and Young Community Developers (YCD), joined over 50 City agencies to provide San Francisco youth with exciting opportunities. These opportunities offered valuable work experiences in general office work, arts, computer science, retail, banking, engineering, landscaping, and dozens of other fields. The Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Initiative has evolved from the Summer Jobs+ Initiative launched 5 years ago to a year round endeavor.
In 2015, nearly 8,000 work opportunities were provided. In total, more than 26,000 youth have been connected to work opportunities.