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.
Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project
Applications DUE: October 20th
The Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project is currently accepting applications from current/former foster youth between the ages of 16 and 24 for trainer positions for the upcoming year. The Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project empowers transition-age foster youth, who are experts in navigating the foster care system, to develop and deliver best-practice training for professionals who support transition-age youth. Youth Trainers will assist with delivering and revising curricula to train social workers throughout California on the needs of transitioning foster youth and youth development principles. These are part-time, independent contractor positions, and are paid a week to two weeks after each time you work. For more information, the job description, and application (DUE BY October 20th!), please visit here.
Doula Training Program
When: October 2017 to June 2018
The Hatch Community is currently recruiting young adults between the ages of 18-24 years old for their Doula Training Program. A Hatch Doula is trained to provide empowering physical, emotional, and practical support to parents through their pregnancy, childbirth, and with their newborn. The program begins with a 4-day Hatch Doula Training in October 2017 over two weekends. Followed by a 9-month Ongoing Training and Apprenticeship that include monthly group meetings every Wednesday for support, education, and skill building. Click here of more information.
SFCASA's Annual Holiday Party!
When: Saturday, December 9th
Where: DLA Piper, 555 Mission Street, San Francisco
Please save the date for our annual youth and CASA holiday party!
[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] Free Tutoring with Imani Center for Education & Wellness
In partnership with Family Literacy Center and Operation Reachback, Imani Center for Education & Wellness is offering free tutoring to youth and adults in reading, math, and computer literacy. The Center will match the learner with a caring volunteer who employs a methodology tailored to fit individual learning needs. Click here to view their flyer and 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.