Empowering Youth

Together we can break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area.

The Problem:

Parents and guardians are struggling

to get by themselves and don’t often have the time, energy, and resources to prepare their children for today’s increasingly competitive workforce

The Solution:

From resume help and mock interviews

to job training and placement, we work with local government, businesses, and nonprofits to empower struggling youth to build brighter futures.

Youth Employment Services

United Way helps youth and young adults stay in school, identify their interests, and find a path to well-paying jobs and internships through Business Pathways and Doorway Partnerships.

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Mayor’s Youth Jobs+

Partnering with the City of San Francisco and Mayor Ed Lee, businesses, and nonprofits, we connect youth with jobs, internships, and job training

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As part of our two-generation approach, these one-stop centers—often located right on community school campuses—offer a variety of free services to help struggling parents, which in turn helps their children thrive in school. On college campuses, SparkPoint services help youth and young adults stay in school and get access to services that help them on a path to a successful career.

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Advocacy: Minimum Wage

We advocate policies that support struggling families at all levels of government, including our push to raise the minimum wage.

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The Impact Is In The Numbers

Empowering Youth

is just one part of our four pillar approach to tackling Bay Area poverty. Check out our other focus areas:

Thriving Adults Providing For Basic Needs Strengthening Our Community