Recent years have seen growth in Larkin Street’s YouthForce program, from a single crew supported by two counselors to three crews supported by four counselors and a lead counselor providing services to three neighborhoods: the Haight, the Castro, and the Tenderloin. Youth participating in the program are welcomed into a supportive employment team to take part in litter cleaning, graffiti abatement, and power washing.

The services provided by YouthForce go beyond projects and focus on high standards for work ethic, the value of providing service to the community, and guidance in education and career planning. In addition, the program works with our youth by providing a holistic approach to workforce development by assisting our clients in other critical areas of their lives, including housing, mental health, and physical wellness. Our last two cohorts of participants have been connected to services in the areas of primary health care, guidance in signing up for free health insurance, dental services, and mental health support.

As the program continues to grow, we look forward to seeing how we can continue to cultivate positive experiences for the youth working with us.