Transitional Age Youth Empowerment

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) are individuals between 15 and 25 years old. San Francisco youth face many challenges preparing for competitive work and finding a career path that meets their interests and their skills.  Youth transitioning to adulthood may need additional assistance continuing their education and learning life skills most adult take for granted.

RAMS Hire-Ability programs empower youth to take charge of their career and navigate the ever-shifting demands of working life be it further education, vocational training and/or entry into the workforce.  Adult and peer staff assist youth with life skills and removing barriers to successful employment.

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  • Career Connections (ages 15-25)

    Jobs for San Francisco Youth

    Career Connections is a 9-month intensive career counseling and vocational training program that includes paid work experience, job and life skills training, coaching, mentoring, system navigation and help getting established in adulthood. Groups start in the Fall and Spring.  Applications are accepted year-round and received applications receive first consideration for the next available group.

    Eligibility:

    • Be a resident of San Francisco
    • Be between the ages of 15 and 25
    • Currently receiving services through SFDPH Behavioral Health Services (SFDPH-BHS)
    • Available for a total of 3-12 hours per week including time spent at program workshops, time spent at worksite, and time spent in one-on-one meetings with program staff
    • Available to attend weekly workshops from 4-6pm on weekday afternoons
    • Ability to travel within the city of San Francisco
    • Ability to provide documentation on the legal eligibility to work in the United States

    For more information contact:

    Maria Tobo, Program Coordinator, (415) 530-9080 (call or text), mariatobo@hire-ability.org

  • NextGen (ages 18-24)

    Jobs for San Francisco Youth

    NextGen offers 6-week work-readiness workshops, personal job development and case management to help you explore your career options, navigate resources and get a job. Free lunch and bus tokens are offered at each workshop and $25 Amazon gift cards are raffled out every other week.  To help start each participant’s professional journey, youth are outfitted with interview and work clothing, backpacks, notepad folios and more!  Applications are accepted continuously for enrollment throughout the year.

    Eligibility:

    • Be a resident of San Francisco
    • Be between the ages of 18 and 24
    • Available for a total of 15 hours per week for workshops and one-on-one meetings.
    • Available to attend weekly workshops from 2:00-5:00pm on weekday afternoons
    • Ability to travel within the city of San Francisco

    For more information, please contact:

    Vida Bonilla, Outreach TAY Peer Case Manager, 415.533.3508 (call or text), vidabonilla@hire-ability.org

  • Youth2Youth (ages 16-24)

    Youth2Youth (Y2Y) is a 16-week Peer Certificate training program for youth who are interested in helping other youth and/or careers in the behavioral health field. Successful graduates are eligible to continue their training as interns in the TAY Peer Employment and Internship Program.  Groups start in the Fall and Spring.  Applications are accepted year-round and early applications receive first consideration for the next available group.

    Eligibility:

    • Be a resident of San Francisco
    • Be between the ages of 16 and 24
    • Have interest and lived experience with helping yourself or others with recovery or mental health challenges
    • Available for a total of 6 hours per week including time spent at program workshops and field trips
    • Available to attend weekly workshops from 4-6pm on weekday afternoons
    • Ability to travel within the city of San Francisco
    • Ability to provide documentation on the legal eligibility to work in the United States

    For more information contact:

    Maria Tobo, Program Coordinator, (415) 530-9080 (call or text), mariatobo@hire-ability.org

  • TAY Peer Internship and Employment Program (ages 16-24)

    The TAY Peer Internship and Employment Program is a 22-week internship program providing youth with paid internships in the behavioral health field. Participants will also receive additional training and continuous clinical support throughout the internship placement. As participants near graduation, they are supported with intensive job search and job placement assistance in the behavioral health field.

    After a short break, the TAY Peer Internship and Employment Program begins after Youth2Youth participants graduate.

    Eligibility:

    • Must be a successful graduate of Youth2Youth
    • Be a resident of San Francisco
    • Be between the ages of 16 and 24
    • Have interest and lived experience with helping yourself or others with recovery or mental health challenges
    • Available for a total of 15 hours per week including time spent at program internships and group supervision meetings.
    • Available to attend weekly workshops from 2:00-5:00pm on weekday afternoons
    • Ability to travel within the city of San Francisco
    • Ability to provide documentation on the legal eligibility to work in the United States

    For more information contact:

    Joey Thomas, TAY Employment Coordinator, (415) 802-8201 (call or text), joeythomas@hire-ability.org

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