Carlos, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

“JVS and my teacher at John O’Connell High School ignited a passion I never knew I had. With this job, and this career, I can make good money, and live in the Bay Area. I’m excited to be a role model for more people, like me, in the water and wastewater trades.” — Carlos, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

JVS helped Carlos pursue a journey from high school into a promising career in the water and wastewater trades. JVS connected him with Los Medanos Community College, a 3-year paid internship at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), and ensured he would meet the requirements he needed to apply for a position at the SFPUC after graduation. Nothing lights him up like getting paid to apply his education to a job he loves.

Rosalind, SFRAW

For Rosalind school had always been a challenge and she felt like an outsider. As a child of immigrants, English was not her first language and she struggled with reading and writing, which led to low confidence. She dreamed of being able to contribute to her family and having a career but could not imagine who would give her a job.

At John O’Connel High School, she connected to JVS’s School Partner Program and enrolled in our Culinary and Entrepreneurship Program which combined job readiness training, classroom education and work-based learning. JVS placed Rosalind in internships at multiple Bay Area companies, including Zynga’s culinary department, Catheads BBQ Restaurant, SF Raw and the San Francisco SPCA. With the support and guidance of JVS, Rosalind identified her passion for animals and food and figured out a way to combine the two into a career. Today she works at SF Raw making organic food for cats and dogs and is enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at City College.

“Working at SFRAW has been great. I’m more confident now and I’m comfortable talking to customers. I realized what I want to do with my life.” – Rosalind

Sean, Carpenters Local 22

Sean knew from a young age that he wanted to work with his hands. He had spent countless hours learning from his father and helping his family’s curtain installation business in San Francisco. School didn’t interest him much, and skipping classes were the norm during his early high school days. He and his friends kept getting into trouble, and he knew that if things didn’t change soon, he would end up in Juvenile Hall or even worse.

JVS was there for Sean at the right time and the right place. Through a JVS program at John O’Connell High School, Sean was able to graduate high school and turn his love for carpentry into a promising career path. At age 19, Sean is a union Apprentice Carpenter at the Historic Pier 70 Project, where his skilled work in restoring antique windows is playing an important part in the transformation of the city’s landscape.

“My path was not straight and narrow. JVS opened doors for me and helped me figure out each step. I’m grateful to have a career that allows me to pay my bills and help my parents.” – Sean

A Job Well-Done – JVS Youth Speech

Some lessons are straight-forward and tangible, and others are more difficult to instill – like knowing the value of a job well-done.

Rae proudly delivered the following speech at the completion of his high school summer internship last year. The feelings of accomplishment, pride and teamwork that he felt on his internship will drive his work ethic in both work and school for years to come — attractive qualities to any employer!


Good afternoon, everyone! I would like to speak to you about my summer job experience at the Bay Area Video Coalition. First of all, the Bay Area Video Coalition is a major hub for broadcasted media throughout the Bay Area. People go there to take classes about making movies, working with social media, or they go there to run the public broadcasting channel, among many other things.

However, my task there was much different than the other jobs people worked. I was assigned to the financial office. There, my help was needed to make all of their paperwork physically ready to be scanned and processed into digital files. To do that, I removed staples, grouped together paper with paper clips, and made copies of check stubs and receipts for what may have been hundreds of papers!

To anyone else, this might sounds like an arduous and even tedious task to do from day to day. But despite all of that, I had absolutely no problems with my job.

For me, it was all a simple matter of doing my job as best as I can, so that those who work with the papers afterwards can rest easy, knowing the hard part had been done for them.

 I went into work every day with a sense of personal pride and accomplishment, because I knew from the first day that it was an important responsibility to attend to. And I left my workplace every day feeling proud to have been able to do a job well done.

My experience at the BAVC financial office has taught me to be committed to working efficiently. To do that, I must be patient. And to do that, I must value my place in the overall team. I was aware the whole time that even a duty as modest as removing staples can have a very big impact for my co-workers.

I thank everyone for the opportunities they have given me, and I wish my co-workers good luck for the future.

I am glad to have been of service to you. Thank you.