Celebrating over 40 years of service to individuals, families, and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Francisco Mayor Lee issued a challenge to San Francisco businesses to create 6,000 jobs this past summer for young people 16-24 years old. United Way and its Matchbridge Program funded 6 organizations to act as "doorways" to the private sector jobs. Doorway organizations were charged with recruiting at least 150 youth into "drop in" hours, screening at least 50 young people and working with them to become job ready.

CHALK and its youth outreach department were selected to be a “doorway” and was the only one of the 6 that operated with a youth leadership strategy; recruitment consisted of youth-led street outreach, screening was done in partnership with youth staff and workshops were youth facilitated. This strategy was extremely effective:

  • CHALK recruited 179 youth for jobs; 159 of whom were screened for private-sector employment
  • 105 youth (59%) learned how to develop a resume
  • 43 youth (24%) secured summer employment (all within 1 month of initial contact)
  • CHALK provided workshops on professional communication, resume building and      interview etiquette; 16 workshops in total throughout the summer
  • 100% of workshop youth said they learned something new

On September 18th United Way put on an event celebrating the success of the summer jobs campaign. Four of our young people were selected to attend as special guests, got to meet the mayor and each received a letter of recommendation from United Way of the Bay Area.

  • Since I've been blessed with the chance to have a good education and many opportunities, I feel obligated to give back and to use the education and the experiences I've had to make an impact.

    Chris McCoy
    AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Seeing the kids' growth through the years, despite the odds being against a lot of them, for whatever reason, is what inspires me to stay here.

    Kevin Lacy
    Before & After School Site Coordinator - San Francisco
  • I feel energized by my work and the teenagers inspire me with their candor and honesty. I’m always learning from them!

    Mary Jane Landolina
    School Counselor - Tamalpais High School, Marin County
  • I am motivated by all the great people that work for BACR and the wonderful things they do. My great reward is knowing that I can help them in their work to support communities all over the Bay.

    Collin Brown
    Web Develop and IT Support
  • Helping other people is what inspires me to work here. Being able to change people's lives, by helping them understand their problems with alcohol, is a huge contribution to my inspiration here.

    Maria Vega
    Office Coordinator - Marin County DUI Program
  • I know that, if I am able to overcome hard struggles in my life and do my best at achieving success, I can encourage the young people that I advocate to do their best as well.

    Court Advocate

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