In economic downturn SF Rec & Park and JVS help young people find future careers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Success 21 Graduation Features Youth on New Career Paths
In economic downturn SF Rec & Park and JVS help young people find future careers

SAN FRANCISCO – Like proud parents, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) applauded as 20 young people graduated from an intense six-week internship program.  RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg was featured as the keynote speaker as the participants were honored for their accomplishments.

Recently, RPD has partnered with Jewish Vocational Service on the Success 21 program, a six-week internship program for 20 Downtown High School students, offering them the opportunity to explore careers, build academic skills, gain work experience and earn credits toward their high school diploma, while teaching them about park stewardship and introducing them to the various careers within SF Recreation and Park Department.  Over the span of the program, the students worked in a number of parks and natural areas throughout the city, performing habitat restoration and park beautification work, and learning about habitat conservation.

“I love my job because each and every day, I get to meet the people who use our parks, who work in our parks and who are passionate about their parks.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager.  “It is a very rewarding work, and I’m thrilled that all of these young people got to experience new and exciting careers in recreation and parks.”

The Success 21 program also has been a partnership between SFUSD’s Downtown High School and JVS, which works to increase the likelihood of credit deficient high school students earning a diploma, through integrated learning both in the classroom and in work experiences.  This program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families as part of a four-site pilot school partnership pilot program.

“At JVS, one of our greatest strengths is our belief in partnership.” said, Abby Snay, JVS Executive Director.  “We reach out to partners like SF Rec & Park and Downtown High School to find young people who need our help, and we work with them to build their skills and explore new career opportunities.”

JVS helps people build skills, find jobs, and achieve self-sufficiency. Founded in 1973, JVS has become a respected leader in the workforce development community, and has been recognized both locally and nationally for its work in sector-based employment and training services, and its outstanding network of employer partners encompassing all sectors of the local economy.

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