Jobs for Youth

Empowering the youth of San Mateo County to be successful in their employment goals.


Learn job preparation skills in a classroom environment.


Apply for jobs or an internship in the County of San Mateo.


Apply for a scholarship to jumpstart your higher ed.

JFY News & Events

Covid-19 Program Updates

MESSAGE FROM APRIL 8: To our wonderful youth and supporters, During this challenging time, we continue to make updates to our program offerings based on

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Collage of 2019 JFY Scholars
Annual Report

2018-19 Annual Report

2018-19 Annual Report At Jobs for Youth, our mission is to support San Mateo County youth age 14-21 in achieving their career and higher education

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Mission & History

To help youth gain the necessary job skills to be successful in their employment goals.

The SMC JFY began in 1982 serving all youth 14-21 years of age who reside in San Mateo County with employment services. Services do not have specific eligibility or income requirements and we serve all youth regardless of socioeconomic or risk level.

The program is designed to help youth increase their self-esteem and gain important job seeking skills. The youth will master the job application form, learn to communicate more effectively, gain interviewing skills, receive examples of resumes, cover letters, list of references, and thank you letters/emails to employers.


On July 1, 2017, Jobs for Youth moved to San Mateo County Human Resources and we are busy modernizing our program! Jobs for Youth is now mobile, providing employment support while on the go! Search for jobs, internships, and scholarships on the free app, available from the Apps store or Google Play.

We are continuing to honor our past as we embrace the future!  We are providing Job Preparation Workshops in high schools, libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs throughout our San Mateo County community. In the Job Preparation Workshops, the youth receive one-on-one support with the goal of attaining gainful employment and becoming responsible adults in our community.

“The scholarship has helped me by covering expenses in college. Thanks for supporting and inspiring San Mateo youth in pursuing higher education and life-long goals!”

Haolin Zhu
2017 JFY Scholarship Recipient

“Thank you for all of the support. Thank you for making me able to dream big. I will always stay in touch with the program. The committee sets up a good role model to follow.”

Zhen Xu
2017 JFY Scholarship Recipient

Currently in my third week at New York University, I am excited with how I am taking advantage of each day to push my potential in research, entrepreneurship, and leadership.”

Isabela Acenas
2017 JFY Scholarship Recipient

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Out of consideration for the health and well-being of our Scholars and supporters, we have decided to postpone the 38th Annual Scholarship Breakfast. We still expect to celebrate and introducing our Scholars to the community sometime this year.

If you would like to support Jobs for Youth Scholars during this time, please consider making a donation using the “Donation” option on Eventbrite or via PayPal.

We will continue providing youth with career preparation services over the next few weeks using a distance-learning model. For further information, please visit our Covid-19 updates page.

Thank you for your support of our program, and please take good care of yourself and your loved ones! Together, we will get through this difficult time.