Local Bay Area Companies Recommit to Providing Youth Jobs

By: Larry Berry and Tamara Orozco

As part of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, United Way Bay Area, OEWD, SFUSD, DCYF, and the Mayor’s Office recently hosted the first Employer Engagement Breakfast on May 4, 2018, bringing together local companies, civic leaders, and nonprofit partners to discuss ways of deepening our relationship and commitment to providing more job and internship opportunities that place Bay Area youth on track to developing careers.

Nearly 40 employers joined UWBA staff and civic leaders, including San Francisco Mayor, Mark Farrell to engage in a discussion about how to connect more youth to the vast opportunities available in the Bay Area. Mayor Farrell opened with, “If you’re here at the table, you’ve been successful in your career. This is a chance to lift up the next generation of leaders. This is about making San Francisco the place you want to be.”

This event was graciously hosted at Salesforce’s new Tower East offices in San Francisco. A rich discussion was held around employer involvement in youth workforce programs. Employers had a chance to reaffirm their commitment to the initiative by pledging to provide jobs and internships to young people in the Bay Area.

Through this event, United Way Bay Area and others were re-inspired by the commitment to our local youth that was shared by those in attendance–companies, civic leaders, and nonprofit partners.

Jim Quinn, COO at Plethora, talked about his experience of hiring an intern at Plethora, a company bringing manufacturing to San Francisco. “We joined the [Mayor’s Youth Jobs+] initiative a year ago and we hired a full-time intern in shipping and receiving. He came on to learn the job and company. He is integrated with the core of the company now. From the desire and passion, he brought, he can take on more technical roles and he has a career here. This has been a wonderful experience for us. We allowed him the opportunity to learn to survive in a business environment. We also do tours with high school students and teach them about machining. To see students’ eyes, light up when things are being built–it’s wonderful to be a part of that. We’re really proud to be part of this initiative.”

The Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative has connected over 34,000 youth to jobs and internships since its inception in 2012. We look forward to continuing to expand this work over the next year and beyond.

To get updates on The Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ initiative, please visit sfyouthjobs.org

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