JVS Youth: Called to the Field

It’s not every day that JVS youth earn a personal endorsement from the Chief of police, but that’s exactly what happened last Friday.

As part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) career day, San Francisco high school students explored worksites around the city. More than 30 local employers welcomed nearly 400 young San Franciscans for a tour and access to their staff. Youth paired up with employers based on their interests, and spent two hours exploring career paths through hands-on activities and asking questions.

“It was fantastic to tour SFPD’s tactical unit with the youth. The officers were amazing and answered every question,” said JVS’s Director of High School & Bridge programs, Kevin Hickey. Suited up in tactical gear and bomb suits, they got a glimpse into some of the more adventurous aspects of the field, such as operating robots and safely breaking down doors. As an added bonus, the Chief of Police, Greg Suhr, dropped in to say hello. He also offered each of them a personal letter of recommendation for the cadet program and shared his direct email address.

JVS is one of eight nonprofits in the city that coordinates MYEEP, in collaboration with the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC). Each year, we host between 75-100 of the approximately 1,500 low-income, high school aged youth to help them prepare for and succeed in the world of work. In the last 25 years, this program has transformed the lives of over 25,000 young San Franciscans.

While working in entry-level jobs, youth learn valuable real-world skills including time and financial management, problem solving, communication skills, community building and how to work as part of a team. Importantly, students get to explore a variety of career paths–and learn the skills and experience required to embark on those careers. By the end of the program, youth emerge with work experience and earnings, a career portfolio (resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation, a list of references), along with a great sense of empowerment and confidence.

Learn more about MYEEP and all of JVS’s youth programs at www.jvs.org/youth.

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