By: Larry Berry
United Way Bay Area continues to be a lead partner in our sixth year of the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Initiative. Through coordinated efforts of UWBA; The San Francisco Mayor’s Office; San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Families; San Francisco Unified School District; San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development; and local youth serving organizations — more than 7,000 Bay Area youth are provided with paid year-round work and training opportunities.
On Saturday, March 17th we are holding our 7th Annual Youth Resource Fair at the Hilton in San Francisco’s Union Square. We expect more than 500 young job seekers to attend where they will be able to connect with community resources, employers, receive professional development from leading organizations and corporations, and have a chance to interview and receive job offers at the event.
In 2017, we had 400 young people attend, more than 200 interviews conducted, and nearly 100 youth receiving job offers.
Professional development activities were led by our corporate partners, including Starbucks who provided their World Class Customer Service and LinkedIn who taught youth the best practices in professional networking in the digital age. Additional corporate and community volunteers from throughout the Bay Area conducted hundreds of mock interviews and assisted young people in creating and/or improving their resumes.
This year, we are looking to increase our support by attracting 500 youth and bringing together more than 80 employers and community-based organizations to share opportunities. This event is open to any young person in the Bay Area between the ages of 16 and 24 who are looking for their next work experience, or want to brush up on their professional skills for their next interview.
The resource fair is also open to youth-serving organizations that serve Bay Area youth and employers looking to hire young people for open positions. Volunteers can lend a hand in a number of different roles that will support young people in meeting their employment goals. We are looking for volunteers to lend their time, expertise, and compassion through mock interviews, resume review, and other impactful mentoring roles.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 17 at the Hilton in San Francisco’s Union Square!
If you would like to volunteer your time to support youth workforce development, please register here.
If you are between 16 and 24 years old and are looking for a job or access to resources, please register here.