Youth Apprenticeship Program 

Jamestown places teens, over half of whom are graduates of its K-8 programming, as paid youth staff in its after-school and summer programs. Meaningful work experience is supplemented with financial capability training, family planning counseling, post high school college and career counseling, leadership training and community involvement, and healthy lifestyle coaching. Jamestown’s YAP students are effective and culturally competent role models for the youth in Jamestown’s programs. Jamestown has received funding for three years from the Caerus Foundation to support the growth of the YAP program, which currently serves 30 youth, over double that of last year.

Jamestown has provided youth and their families with access to high quality, enriching opportunities that have enabled them to thrive. Jamestown believes that if youth are surrounded with supportive relationships, enriching learning opportunities, and are given opportunities to exercise agency and participate in their community, they will grow to be successful adults.  

Jamestown has strong evidence that this approach is effective:  100% of YAP participants graduate from high school and apply to a 2- or 4-year college.  By comparison, the SF Unified School District’s graduation rate from high school for Latino students this year is only at 68%.

For more info, please contact Nadia, Teen Programs Coordinator: