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.
[SUMMER EMPLOYMENT] San Francisco Project Pull Summer Internship Program
Applications Due: Monday, February 26th
When: June 18, 2018- August 10, 2018
Project Pull is a paid summer internship program that is sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco. Interns are committed to work a total of 20 hours a week, which include 16 hours at a worksite and 4 hours at weekly enrichments. The program provides professional mentorship to highly motivated, promising high school juniors and seniors and incoming college freshmen from the diverse communities within San Francisco. During the eight-week program, students are paired with full time city employees who will mentor and help provide interns with work experience and skills necessary to become successful in the workforce. Full details & application can be found at www.sfgov.org/projectpull.
[SUMMER OPPORTUNITY/EDUCATION] 2018 City College of San Francisco Guardian Scholars Summer Academy
Applications Due: Friday, March 23rd
When: June 11, 2018-July 20, 2018
This program is for students currently in their junior or senior year of high school, or transitioning to college for the first time. The Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 6-week program designed to prepare students for a smooth transition to college and career by participating in a CCSF College Success class and job readiness workshops. Students can a stipend of up to $1000 for participating. For more information, please see this flyer. The application is attached here and must be turned in by March 23rd.
[SUMMER OPPORTUNITY] JCamp: Free Journalism Training Program for High School-Aged Students
Applications Due: Sunday, March 25th
When: July 30, 2018- August 4, 2018
JCamp is open to high school students currently in their freshman, sophomore or junior year. JCamp is a six-day intensive, multicultural journalism training program for high school students presented by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). Students do not have to be Asian to apply and participate. Students will learn from professional journalists and get hands-on training in writing, reporting, photography, television and radio broadcasting, online media and data journalism. Sessions and workshops are led by experienced journalists from top media companies. JCamp is an all-expenses-paid program with travel, meals and lodging covered by AAJA’s donors and partners. JCamp 2018 will be hosted by the Wayne State University Department of Communication, part of the School of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts, in Detroit, MI July 30 - August 4. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://www.aaja.org/jcamp2018.
[SUMMER OPPORTUNITY/EDUCATION] SOAR for Youth at UC Berkeley
Applications Due: Saturday, April 14
When: July 29, 2018- August 4, 2018
SOAR for Youth is an amazing program specifically for young people in foster care to support them with graduation from high school and preparing for postsecondary education. Through this program, young people are able to stay in the UC Berkeley dorms for a week while they build community with their cohort, have fun, and work on building skills for their future. Students then come back for two more summers to participate in programming, as well as ongoing events and support during the school year. Applicants must be in grades 6-8, reside in the Bay Area, have demonstrated academic capability (GPA = C average and above), be adaptable to a group setting, and have an adult recommendation. If your young person is interested, please talk to your Case Supervisor as soon as possible to discuss completing the application materials. More information can be found here. And the application can be downloaded by clicking here.
[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 Ayame 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.