Get ahead with programs for your youth!
SFCASA is proud to support and work with organizations who provide employment, academic, and extracurricular opportunities for foster youth in San Francisco.
There is a constant flow of incoming opportunities available to foster youth covering internships, employment, academic and extracurricular programs, training, and leadership preparation. The opportunities included below have upcoming deadlines or are time-sensitive. Please check here frequently to see what new activities, job postings, and supportive programs are available for your youth each month.
These opportunities are first-come, first-served, and are mostly handled by organizations outside of SFCASA.
Evergreen Youth Internships at Yosemite
When: Small groups of youth hired throughout March - September
Do you know a young person in the Bay Area or beyond who would love living and working outside Yosemite? This is a wonderful opportunity for talented young adults between the ages of 18 - 24. All program interns will work full-time in the hospitality departments, kitchen, dining room, maintenance, housekeeping, recreation, back office, retail, and front desk. Click here for more information.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society High School Internship- Acorn to Oak
In partnership with the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, the "From Acorn to Oak" Summer Program is seeking high school-aged interns to help in their garden. The program serves children enrolled in day camps and similar programs by providing them an opportunity to spend a day working, playing, and learning outdoors. "From Acorn to Oak: is centered around the Children's Garden, where children can plant, pick and eat a variety of garden crops. The program is from June to August. Click here for more information.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society High School Internship- Garden Explorers
In partnership with the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, the "Garden Explorers" Program is seeking high school-aged interns to help in garden field trips. The program serves children ages 5 to 12 who are participating in summer camps, child care centers, and recreation programs. The program is from June to August. Click here for more information.
Camp Connect: Summer Camp for Siblings Separated in Foster Care
When: August 18 - August 20
This is a two-night summer camp experience for siblings separated in foster care. Bus transportation to and from the camp located in Occidental will be provided with different pick-up and drop-off locations throughout the greater Bay Area. See our FAQ page to learn more about Camp Connect. Click here to look at the application. Contact your assigned Case Supervisor for more information about registering your youth and their siblings.
[EDUCATION] Free City College Program at CCSF
This is a 2-year pilot program for the Fall and Spring terms only and available for San Francisco residents. Click here for more information.
[EDUCATION] Friends of ILSP Grant Application
Grants are offered to former and current foster youth ages 17 to 25 who are attaining higher education. Funds can be used for education-related costs including tuition, books, fees, transportation, and basic living needs while attending college or job training and/or for housing-related costs. Priority will be given to youth attending or accepted into college or training. Applicants must be enrolled in a university, community college, or vocational school to qualify. Download the grant application here for more information.
[EDUCATION] San Francisco Conservation Corps & John Muir Charter School
John Muir Charter School gives young people ages 16 to 25 the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while working with SF Conservation Corps doing exciting and valuable work for the community. View their flyer for more information. If you want to learn about programs outside of San Francisco similar to John Muir, contact SFCASA's Educational Advocacy Coordinator.
AcroSports - Special Needs Open Gym
AcroSports offers a fun filled week of jumping, bouncing, and clowning around while promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Experienced in Circus Arts gives kids a chance to build strength, flexibility, and mind body awareness while also offering the understanding that skills are earned and success comes through an application effort. They will begin to host open sessions every Saturday for youth with special needs starting at $15 per session. Click here to visit their website.
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors seeks to make all aspects of sailing accessible. Membership is open to people with disabilities and their families, friends, caregivers and assistants. Membership dues are $50/year for individuals or $100 for families, and cover all the sailing you can stand. Click here to view their website.
Mobile Rec Program
Brought to you by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, the primary goal is to introduce youth to recreational activities that are fun, challenging, and encourage them to "Get out and Play" now and during their entire lives. Activities include the mobile rock-climbing wall, skateboarding/BMX on Fresh Park equipment (ramps, rails and manual pads), disc golf, and sea kayaking. Click here for more information.
Request a Benevolent need for your NMD youth
SCASA is partnering with Benevolent, an organization that helps support the needs of individuals as they pursue their goals. Benevolent specializes in funding the small, but important, things that stand in the way of an individual's success, like a laptop to thrive in school, bus passes to get to job interviews, work gear or a certification to qualify for a job, or a security deposit to transition into stable housing. Click here to find out how you can request a need for your non-minor dependent youth.
Request a birthday or graduation dessert for your youth!
SFCASA is partnering with Cake4Kids, a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides baked goods for birthday and graduation events to foster children and at-risk youth who do not get the opportunity to celebrate their special day with baked goods. Click here to find out how you can request a birthday cake for your youth.
The Butterfly Joint
A woodworking and design studio for children ages 18 months and up with several different classes and camps. Students learn traditional joinery techniques--the use of dovetails, box joints and loose tenons in place of screws and nails. The goal is for students to create and walk away with an heirloom. SFCASA has been offered a discount for our CASA youths. Please contact your Case Supervisor if your youth is interested. Visit their website here.
San Francisco Choral Society
The SF Choral Society offers complimentary tickets to their concerts to students in junior and senior high school so that they may see the Choral Arts in action and be introduced to a concert experience. Adults are welcome to accompany their CASA youth, but only the Tickets for Kids are free. Click here to choose a performance and then contact the City Box Office or call them at (415) 392-4400 to request tickets. CASA youth will be seated next to the "paying" adult, or if no adult is present, the tickets will be available at will call the night of the show.
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) San Francisco
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now San Francisco is a national nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that provides free one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Click here for more information.
Free Piano Lessons
When: Septemer - May
SFCASA is partnering with Melissa Smith, a piano teacher in the San Mateo area, to offer free piano lessons to foster youth between the ages of 6-18. Potential students can travel to Melissa's studio in Redwood City, or Melissa can travel to the student for the lessons. Length of lessons vary based on youth needs and each lesson can take anywhere from 20-40 minutes based on youth skills. Please note that if Melissa travels to a youth, the youth will need to have access to a piano or keyboard on-site. Email Victoria if your youth is interested. You may click here for more information.
San Francisco Park and Recreation Program Scholarships
The scholarship program was established to ensure that San Francisco residents are not denied the benefits of public recreation due to inability to pay. Scholarships are offered to all San Francisco Park and Rec programs. Eligibility entitles qualified residents up to a 50% discount and as much as 100% off program registration. Read more information here.
San Francisco Youth Jobs+
SF Youth Jobs+ is a city-wide program to help young adults (ages 16-24) find employment. This initiative is a partnership between the City of San Francisco and various businesses and nonprofits. SF Youth Jobs+ offers a Summer Internship Program and partners with organizations like Starbucks, Ghirardelli, Levi's, etc. who hosts hiring events throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Please check out their website for more information.