SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that it is the recipient of the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) 2015 Business Leadership Award. The Department is being recognized for its commitment to providing at-risk youth a safe and fun outdoor learning environment. The Award ceremony, Strictly Business, will take place on Thursday, May 7th at San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel starting at 11:30AM.
“Five years ago, when JVS asked SF Rec and Park to be part of the School Partner Program, we jumped at the chance. Together, we’re helping at-risk youth build their own path to success, with valuable work experience that brings education to life,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We see this program as a true win-win: the youth get to experience and enjoy the great outdoors and open their eyes to new possibilities in their future, and the City now has a new generation of civic-minded community members ready to make our parks better.”
The partnership between JVS and San Francisco Rec and Park’s Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) provides an ideal way for high school students to bolster their education and prepare for the world of work. Since 2010, SF Rec and Park has provided engaging, transformative work experience to 90 Downtown High School students, who are in danger of dropping-out. The partnership between SF Rec and Park and JVS features a 10-week program that closely ties classroom learning to students’ work duties in parks across San Francisco. Students earn credits toward graduation while gaining experience in park restoration, management and communication in the workplace.
“Partnering with local employers, like SF Rec & Park, is the most powerful way for JVS to ensure that our youth clients gain the real-world knowledge and work experience that sets them up to graduate from high school and be successful adults,” said Abby Snay, Executive Director of JVS.
For more than 40 years, JVS’s training, programs and resources have helped Bay Area job seekers to build in-demand skills and confidence, make connections and find jobs. 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.