YouthMade is an innovative partnership between the United Way of the Bay Area and SFMade that is the first program of its kind to give low income youth direct work experience inside small, urban manufacturing businesses.

As of Summer 2015, YouthMade has placed 85 low income youth into paid internships with 52 local manufacturing businesses – making everything from clothing to chocolate to jewelry – right in their own community.

Over the course of the internship, youth get to know local entrepreneurs, build their professional skills and experience, and, have the opportunity to see themselves in a manufacturing career.

In turn, business owners have an opportunity get to know local public high school students from disadvantaged communities and shift their attitudes about the potential to hire from this population.

YouthMade leverages SFMade’s capacity to develop meaningful job experiences, and UWBA’s capacity to prepare and reach youth all over the city.  As San Francisco’s manufacturing sector continues to mature, the time is now to amplify opportunities for young people.

Check out this article about the program!  SFMade also created this Toolkit about how to create a local manufacturing youth internship program.

If you have questions, please contact Claire Michaels at claire@sfmade.org or ext. 7.