DCYF YWD Lab:  Youth-Centered Workforce Programming

Provided by Pathways Consultants & CHALK/Bay Area Community Resources


What do Youth Know?  Everything!  Youth-Centered Workforce Programming

Series of 3 Half-Day Workshops – requires attendance at all 3 sessions

Includes 4 hours of coaching/agency


Have you ever noticed how adult-driven, and frankly dull, most of our Youth Workforce programs are?  They often lack many of the Youth Development hallmarks that make for great programming.  In this sequenced series of hands-on labs, you will create and implement a plan to increase engagement, voice and choice, relationship development, and other standards that make your programs truly impactful for youth.  We will:


  • Design opportunities to learn from youth what they want and need
  • Analyze the data you collect to identify opportunities to incorporate new strategies
  • Create a plan with short- and long-term action steps based on direct information from youth
  • Implement that plan with coaching support
  • Reflect on the process, successes/impact, and adjust your plan to continue the work post-lab


Participants are eligible to receive up to 4 hours of coaching to support implementation of strategies developed in the Lab.



Level: Youth Workforce Development staff or anyone running college and career readiness programming

Dates/Time:  Fridays October 21November 18 & December 9, 2016  9:30-12:30pm Must attend all 3 days

Number of Spaces: 20


Applications Due:

Wednesday, September 26, 20166PM


Submit electronically to:



Applicant Criteria


  • Must work for a 501(c)3 non-profit agency based in San Francisco and work with directly youth from San Francisco
  • Operate a Youth Workforce Development program or a college and career readiness program
  • Have minimum one year of experience working directly with youth
  • Must have support from agency supervisor to participate
  • Current job responsibilities must include Workforce program planning, development, and/or program delivery and service provision


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