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 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 has strong evidence that this approach is effective: 100% of YAP & YIC 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 during the 2017-2018 school year was 73.8%.
Youth Apprenticeship (YAP) Program
YAP students are effective and culturally competent role models for the youth in Jamestown’s programs. Jamestown continues to support the growth of the Youth Apprenticeship Program, which currently trains high school youth as teacher assistants in our After School Programs across all of our sites.
Watch former YAPster Lizette's story! She graduated from John O'Connell High School in May of 2017, and was a Girls Got Goals assistant coach at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 School.
She is currently on our staff and has been at Jamestown since the 6th grade!
The Youth In Charge (YIC) Program
YIC will be partnering with the SF Department of Public Health: CMCA. Youth In Charge will be trained on Public Health, Community Organizing, College and Career Readiness, Cover Letter & Resume, Financial Capability, Information on Alcohol Justice, Mindfulness, Professionalism, and Facilitation/Project Management.