The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) serves over 5,000 kids from preschool through high school who come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The center features many programs for children, youth, and the community. Among them are the following DCYF-supported programs:
- Japanese-American Youth Services (JAYS): JAYS is a leadership development and cultural enrichment program. The mission of JAYS is to empower and support the positive development of children and youth through a cohesive and culturally appropriate set of services. The target population for JAYS is 250 low- to moderate-income, high-risk Japanese-American, multi-ethnic Japanese, and other Asian-American children and youth ages 5 to 17. JAYS develops leadership skills through:
- Leadership development activities that focus on assisting youth in becoming leaders within the community;
- Community service-learning activities that are selected, planned, and implemented by the JAYS Youth Leadership Council, and;
- Personal growth workshops that support the positive development of youth.
- Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL): The Japantown Youth Leaders (JYL) strives to promote success in school and future careers by building positive self-identity, sense of self-efficacy, confidence, raised aspirations and the capacity to make healthy decisions. Target population is Asian/Pacific Islander youth ages 14 to 17. Meeting times vary but generally services are offered Mondays to Thursdays from 10am-6pm.
- Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP): MYEEP is a city-wide employment program that provides comprehensive job-training, employment, and educational services to 652 youth each summer and 447 youth during the school year. MYEEP is a collaboration of 12 community-based organizations that assist youth in their development toward becoming self-sufficient adults. The program helps youth overcome barriers to employment by providing work experience and training that enhances their employability and career awareness while supporting their overall development. The program places youth in subsidized employment under the guidance of volunteer supervisors who structure learning opportunities. This experience is supplemented by program activities, such as leadership development, community service, and educational support. The organizations of the collaboration offer neighborhood-based access into the program as well as access to other services offered by the agency. This summer, 143 youth will be served with supplemental funds from DCYF.
- New Directions Employment Program (NDEP): NDEP is a city-wide employment program that provides comprehensive job training, employment, and educational services to 175 San Francisco youth on active probation. NDEP is a project of the MYEEP collaboration that assists juvenile offenders in becoming self-sufficient adults. The program's structure provides youth with valuable work experience and training that enhances their employment skills and career awareness while supporting their overall development. The program places youth in subsidized afterschool and summer employment opportunities under the guidance of volunteer supervisors. This experience is supplemented by program activities, such as leadership development, community service, and educational support. The organizations of the collaboration offer neighborhood-based access to the program as well as access to other services offered by the agency.
- San Francisco YouthWorks: This city-wide employment program provides youth with opportunities to enhance skills and increase awareness of government careers through internships. Annually,YouthWorks serves over 300 youth in grades 10–12 who attend a public, private, independent, parochial, or community-based high school and reside in San Francisco. YouthWorks also serves additional youth through grants from DCYF. Participants are placed in internships with career mentors from one of over 30 San Francisco city government departments. These professionals volunteer their time to provide work-based learning experiences for each participant. This experience is supplemented by other program activities including: Pre-Employment and Career Development Workshops, on-going workplace monitoring, leadership development opportunities through the YouthWorks Youth Leadership Team, and other fun and educational activities.
Camps: The Tomodachi Summer Program provides all-day enrichment classes in sports, arts and crafts, cooking, and more. Teen counselors and adult supervisors lead exciting activities, field trips, and other multi-cultural adventures.
STEM Academy at ISA: The Japanese Community Youth Council STEM Acaemy at ISA prepares and places sophomores and juniors who attend International Studies Academy in STEM related work experience. The propgram targets young people from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM careers and provides academic skill building, job readiness, and access to related employment. During the school year, youth will attend afterschool and weekend enrichment designed to compliment their classroom learning and provide insight on STEM career access and requirements. After successfully completing the school year enrichment, youth will be given an 8-week paid internship at UCSF to further explore STEM careers.
Dates: September 15, 2014-August 2, 2015
Ages: 14 to 17