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Summer Jobs Build Skills, Confidence & Hope

Posted on June 3, 2015, by United Way in Jobs

terekSummer's right around the corner, and Summer Jobs+ is now in full swing. Along with Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Unified School District and over 200 businesses, nonprofit partners and city departments, we're working to connect 7,000 young people with job and internship opportunities in San Francisco. We've also partnered with the Oakland Unified School District to connect Oakland youth with job and internship opportunities this summer.

Terek Turner, who now works at the Exploratorium, is one of over 6,000 young adults who found work through Summer Jobs+ last year. Here's what he had to say about the value of the program:

I just finished my junior year of high school, and I wanted to find a summer job. I didn't have many resources available to me and I felt overwhelmed by the task of finding an employer who would hire someone my age and with little work experience.

Then my sister told me to check out Summer Jobs+, which helped her find a summer job the year before. Summer Jobs+ had tons of jobs available from employers who wanted to hire teens, and they helped me find a job at the Exploratorium. I've learned so much in one year-my supervisor is an amazing mentor and the exhibit artists I've met inspire me every day to achieve my dream of becoming an artist too.

I see how other kids around me are discouraged because they can't find jobs and don't know where to get help. Through Summer Jobs+, I found the hope I needed to overcome that. I have confidence that I can achieve my dream of becoming an artist, that I can be successful. And I am proud that my experience with Summer Jobs+ can inspire those around me.

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors who make this program possible - we look forward to reaching our goal for the third year in a row! If you'd like to get involved and help more youth like Terek, visit


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