Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP)

2012 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 | tel (415) 202-7903 | fax (415) 563-7137

The Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) provides subsidized employment opportunities for approximately 1,500 low-income, high school aged youth each year. The program’s goal is to support the positive development of youth in San Francisco by engaging them in meaningful employment, career, leadership, and community involvement opportunities. MYEEP is overseen by a collaboration of eight community-based organizations (with JCYC as the lead agency), which ensures citywide inclusion in the program and access to numerous services.

The members of the MYEEP collaboration include:

• Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

• Buchanan YMCA
• Community Youth Center
• Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc.
• Japanese Community Youth Council
• Jewish Vocational Service
• Vietnamese Youth Development Center
• Young Community Developers

MYEEP services include:

Pre-employment training is based on the SCANS (Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) competencies incluidng time and money management, communications skills, working in a team environment, problem solving, and building community. Each participant receives approximately 10 hours of pre-employment training.

Following training, youth are matched with trained worksite supervisors at public sector and nonprofit organizations, who provide one-on-one instruction and workplace mentoring. Placements are based on each youth’s interest assessment, education and career goals. Participants work 10 hours a week during the school year and 20 hours a week during the summer. Worksites include community-based organizations, arts and cultural organizations, recreation centers, childcare and development centers, Beacon Centers and other public agencies. Positions include computer/clerical aide, art intern, childcare aide, library aide, recreational assistance and graphic designer.

Youth Leadership Development
Upon completing a year of the program, youth have the opportunity to participant in the Counselors-in-Training Program (CITP). Program participants assist the MYEEP Program Coordinators at their agency by developing and conducting workshops and organizing activities.

Community Service
Community service is a program-wide effort and is an integral part of the MYEEP experience. Each youth participates in at least one community service event while participating in the program.

Career Awareness and Planning
Participants are exposed to various career paths and their requirements. These activities help to reinforce the link between school completion, academic success and careers. MYEEP in San Francisco, a career exploration event, offers youth an opportunity to meet with working professionals in diverse career fields. Youth will complete a career portfolio containing a cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, reference list, and work samples.

Ongoing-Employment Training
While employed, youth also participate in ongoing training at their MYEEP community agency. site three times a month. Training topics include health education, conflict management, diversity/cultural competency, job search skills, post secondary education, study skills, resume and cover letter writing, career portfolio creation, goal setting, resource management, entrepreneurship, independent living skills and public speaking.

Post Secondary Education
Youth Participants are exposed to the college environment during MYEEP University Day where they explore a college campus, attend presentations from college students, visit college classes, and learn about admissions and financial aid.

In September of 2003, MYEEP was one of 27 youth employment programs selected nationally to receive the Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet) Award. PEPNet is an initiative of the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) to identify and recognize programs that demonstrate exemplary practices and achieve outstanding outcomes. To be selected for a NYEC’s PEPNet Award of national recognition, MYEEP went through a rigorous application and review process in which it had to demonstrate effectiveness in management, youth development, preparation of youth for career success, and soundness in data evaluating results.

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