San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition
a post from Youth Employment in San Francisco on 11/10/2011

 

The San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition (YEC) is a membership network of various youth employment organizations in San Francisco. Founded in 1988, YEC is committed to strengthening the field of youth employment and serving as a resource for the San Francisco community. The coalition is a 100% volunteer-led effort, electing executive cabinet members on an annual basis. YEC’s primary goals are to foster the professional development of youth employment practitioners, educate YEC members about local and federal policy around youth employment, and increase the visibility of the YEC among those who serve youth in San Francisco.

Meetings & Members
The YEC is currently comprised of over 35 membership agencies representing youth interests in employment, development, and education throughout San Francisco. Currently, the coalition is led by Ciara Wade (New Door Ventures), Sabrina Mutukisna (SF YouthWorker to Teacher Pathway), Gabe Hanzel-Sello (Enterprise for High School Students), and Phimy Truong (SF Youth Commission). Monthly meetings are held at varying member organizations’ sites, offering attendees the opportunity to learn about the host organization’s program offerings. Meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in YEC or youth workforce development is encouraged to attend.

Advocacy
As a member of the National Youth Employment Coalition, the San Francisco YEC shares resources, legislative updates, and advocates on behalf of its members for support in youth employment funding. In 2011, YEC sat down with Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF), Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), and Supervisor Carmen Chu to urge them to reject any funding cuts to youth employment and training services. YEC also organized a letter campaign, submitting over 200 youth-endorsed letters to Mayor Ed Lee, emphasizing that, “young people are the engine for our future economy.”

Professional Development
The San Francisco YEC promotes opportunities that provide training and professional development to youth workforce service providers as well. Last winter, YEC partnered with MatchBridge to host free training seminars led by Larry Robbin of Robbin & Associates on Best Practices for Marketing to Youth and Job Development in a Recession. Additionally, YEC sponsored a free training by Sangita Kumar of Be The Change Consulting on Facilitation Skills for Diverse Populations. YEC makes it a point at monthly meetings to provide a space for professional development by member organizations. Recent training topics have included best practices for providing employment services to homeless youth, financial aid for high-risk and undocumented populations, as well as working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. These short trainings, often only 30 minutes long, help YEC members stay up to date on current trends and best practices in this ever-changing field.

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YEC holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month from 12-1:30pm. The next meeting will be held on November 16th at CHALK, 965 Mission Street.

For more information, visit http://www.sfyec.org or contact Sabrina Mutukisna.

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