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kids volunteeringCheck out information and resources geared toward helping teens discover training options, both summer and year-round employment, and service learning and other volunteer opportunities.

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All youth younger than age 18 must obtain a Work Permit before beginning paid employment. CLICK HERE for Steps to Getting a Work Permit.

Youth need a birth certificate for a work permit!
If you can’t find your original birth certificate, the steps you need to take to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate vary, depending on the state in which you were born. If you were born outside of California, you will need to visit your state’s official website to find information on requesting a copy. If you were born in California, please see this website for more information.

Youth Jobs

Interested in Umpiring?
SF Little League is looking for both adult and youth umpires (must be 13 by April 30, 2014) for both baseball and softball. No prior umpire experience is required, just a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for the game and for the Little League Program. We offer free training and a great opportunity to be part of a wonderful community organization. Read more. 


SF Recreation and Parks Lifeguard Training - Starts in January
Held at Hamilton pool the lifeguard training program is to provide entry-level lifeguard skills and knowledge. This program includes a lifeguard training course with aquatics-specific first aid and cardio resuscitation (CPR) training. Additional $67.00 materials fee required, includes textbook and pocket mask. Must know how to swim.

Places to Look
Here is a sample of some of the places teens can find jobs in San Francisco:

Youth Workforce Development Program that hires youth within the Boys and Girls Club of SF and also helps youth find
internships outside the Club in various industries across the City. (415) 445-5432

San Francisco LGBT Community Center Youth Program offers internships, drop-in groups, information and referrals, job training, resources, weekly meal nights, bi-weekly arts and crafts, activism opportunities and more to queer youth ages 14-24.

Matchbridge is a local, community-based organization created in partnership between United Way of the Bay Area and DCYF that connects qualified youth to entry level jobs and internships in business. (415) 861-JOBS (5627).

Juma Ventures is a great fit if you are a high school youth ages 16 to 18 and want to explore Juma's unique employment, asset building, college preparation, career exploration, and life-skills program and schedule an interview on the spot. Youth interested in learning how to run a small business are given training in business skills and on-the-job training at one of the businesses. Contact them at Juma Ventures, 131 Steuart Street, Suite 201, San Francisco, or (415) 247-6580.

MYEEP is the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program and provides subsidized employment opportunities for approximately 1,200 low-income, high school-aged youth each year. Youth are engaged in meaningful employment, career, leadership, and community involvement opportunities.

Enterprise for high School Students increases student preparedness to explore and pursue career paths through training, counseling, and guidance.  A school-to-work/youth development agency that guides youth to find and retain jobs, to be trained and engage in experiential learning, and to explore career interests.

YouthWorks is a year-round program. It is a career-oriented youth employment program in city government for youth who will be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. Contact San Francisco YouthWorks at (415) 202-7911.

YEOP is the State Employment Development Department (EDD) Youth Employment Opportunity Program that helps youth obtain a variety of services as well as job referrals in the private sector through case management. Visit 3120 Mission Street, San Francisco or call (415) 749-7503. 


Youth Empolyment

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs120/1102349987325/img/375.jpgWorkreation is a youth employment and training program that is an integral part of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's mentorship program. This year marks the 55th year of the program. All youth, ages 14-17, who either attend school or live in San Francisco are eligible (18 as long as they are still in high school).


Participants work for minimum wage ($10.55/hour) in a variety of recreational, aquatic, administrative, sports, and after-school positions throughout the Recreation and Park Department, that provide opportunities to develop leadership and problem-solving skills, teamwork and community awareness. Youth work up to 10 hours per week during school year programming.


Applications will be accepted Wednesday, December 18 through Friday, January 17. Applications can be found at www.jobaps.com/sf under Class 9910 Public Service Trainee for the Recreation and Park Department. The interview process will tentatively take place February 22 - March 1. 

If you have any questions, please feel to contact Jennifer Gee, Recreation Resources Coordinator, at (415) 831-2785, or email Jennifer.Gee@sfgov.org.


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Summer Jobs+: Mayor Ed Lee has launched Summer Jobs+, a challenge to private sector employers to hire San Francisco young people.  For more information and to create a job profile, go to www.hiresfyouth.com 

SF Police Activities League-- lot of great opportunities: soccer referee, conditioning coach, field marshal! 

Wishbone.org is a nonprofit helping low-income high school students participate in out-of-school time opportunities. Students identify an afterschool or summer program that they are passionate about, and Wishbone raises money to pay the cost of the program

YouthWorks: San Francisco Youth Works prepares young people for work through paid internships in City government. They also offer mentorships, job search and career preparation workshops, on-the-job training, leadership opportunities, and positive experiences to put on college applications. www.SFYouthworks.org or call (415) 202-7911.

Flipgigs.com: The one place to hire smart, scrappy, motivated students. A place for households to place job gigs, students can search for jobs and employers can post openings.

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Employers  Educators  Teens  Parents

Find resources, compliance instructions, and other information about employing youth— and finding youth jobs—from the
US Department of Labor. 

San Francisco Youth Employment Directory

The third edition Youth Employment and Education Resource Directory details hundreds of programs, how and when to apply, and other information helpful to young people ages 14 to 17 as they seek employment. Created by the SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development, 801 Turk St San Francisco, CA 94102.  415-749-3947

To download a copy: Youth Employment Resource Directory. Questions: Workforce.Development@SFGOV.org

What Jobs Can Youth Have?

Affoumado--Silvertree_craftsExcept for farm work and work in the entertainment industry, 14 is the minimum legal age for a child to start working. In addition, youth under the age 18 who have not graduated from high school are required to attend school a minimum of 4 hours per week in addition to having a job.

The following are some rules that apply to youth of different ages:

14- and 15-year-olds

  • Can work up to 3 hours on a school day, Monday through Friday, and 18 hours during a
    school week.
  • Can work up to 8 hours a day on a non-school day, or 40 hours in a non-school week.
  • Cannot work during school hours.
  • Cannot work before 7am or after 7pm, except from June 1 through Labor Day when evening hours are extended to 9pm.
  • Cannot work in any manufacturing, processing, mining, construction, warehouse operations, and many restrictions apply around cooking.

16- and 17-year-olds

  • Can work up to 4 hours on a school day, Monday through Friday, and 28 hours during a
    school week.
  • Can work up to 8 hours a day on a non-school day, or 48 hours in a non-school week.
  • Can work between 5am and 10pm, which may be extended to one-half hour past midnight on nights preceding non-school days.
  • Can work in any occupation except those declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.

How much should youth be paid?

  • All workers in San Francisco must be paid at least the minimum wage of $10.55 per hour(1/1/13)

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• For more information about service learning for youth see our Volunteering page.
• Find more youth workforce development information and resources on the
 Youth Employment section of the DCYF website. Preparing young people for future educational and career success is a major focus of  DCYF. The goal is that all San Francisco youth will be equipped with workforce experiences and knowledge of a variety of career options by the time they turn 18. The emphasis is based on the belief that exposure to the workplace offers young people:

• Leadership and skill-building opportunities
• Positive alternatives
• Interesting pathways to explore
• A method for them to contribute to the vitality of San Francisco

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Things Youth Should Know Before Getting a Job

In order to get a job or get into a job training program, youth need to have the following documentation:

  • A government-issued Social Security Card
  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate, California Driver’s License or ID, Passport, or “Green Card”)
  • A Work Permit
    Read More . . . 

Things Youth Should Know When Applying for a Job

• Have an idea of what kind of job you would like. Check out this a website with suggestions of teen jobs. Or read "Before You Start a Teen Job Search"
• Create a resumeTons of information at about.com.
Learn how to interview.
• Are you ready for the top
 Seven Commonly-Asked Questions During an Interview.

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• The local YMCA's hire summer counselors about 3 months in advance.
• Take a lifeguarding class now so you can get a summer job with the SF Recreation and Parks or YMCA pools.
• Check with your school's counselor, Craigslist.com, Monster.com for job openings. 
Did you know that your MySpace and Facebook profiles aren't as private as you think they are? Employers have been known to peruse MySpace and Facebook, along with blogs and web sites of prospective employees.

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