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:
• APA Family Support Services
• Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
• Buchanan YMCA
• Community Youth Center
• Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc.
• Jewish Vocational Service
• OMI Excelsior Beacon – Urban Services YMCA
• Vietnamese Youth Development Center
• Young Community Developers•
MYEEP services include:
Pre-employment training is based on the 21st Century Learning and youth development principles. Youth learn competencies including: time and money management, communications skills, working in a team environment, problem solving, and community building. Participants enrolled in our school year program undergo three months of pre-employment workshops, while summer participants receive 10 hours plus additional weekly workshops.
Following training, youth are matched with trained worksite supervisors at a wide range of companies/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, government agencies and private companies.
Youth Leadership Development
Our tiered leadership structure aims to give young people the opportunity to continually build and deepen their leadership skills. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for our Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program. The CIT’s assist the MYEEP Program Coordinators at their agency by developing and conducting workshops and organizing activities. Those who have completed the CIT program are encouraged to apply to become a Project Coordinator (PC). Our PC’s assist the Youth Leadership Coordinator in developing and facilitating workshops for the CIT’s and learning the ins and outs of running of youth employment program. Participants in both programs must commit to working 10 hours a week for one year.
Community service is a program-wide effort and 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. In addition to, youth complete a career portfolio containing a cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation, reference list, and work samples.
While employed, youth also participate in ongoing training at their MYEEP community agency site once a week. 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.
For more information, please visit www.myeep.org.