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 the latest available public health information and guidance from our County leadership. After much consideration and with the hope of continuing to help “flatten the curve,” we have made the difficult decision to suspend our Summer Internship program for 2020.
Please see the message dated March 18 below for other information on our program operations.
We would also like to share the following resources, which may be of use to you and your loved ones:
Covid-19 in the County:
- SAN MATEO COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES A resource hub on Covid-19 and County Updates: https://www.smcgov.org/
- SHELTER-IN-PLACE FAQS: https://www.smcgov.org/shelter-place-faqs
- 211 PHONE NUMBER For non-emergency, non-medical questions, dial 211
- SMC STRONG FUND The SMC Strong Fund was created 3/23 to help businesses, individuals, and non-profits: https://www.smcstrong.org/
Finding Work, Food, and Resources:
- GET FOOD Second Harvest of Silicon Valley can help you find low-cost and free food. Visit https://www.shfb.org/get-food/, call 1-800-984-3663, or text “GETFOOD” to 1-408-455-5184
- SCHOOL MEAL DISTRIBUTION A list of school sites providing meals to families with children 18 and under in San Mateo County; the list is maintained by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S-55pwSKJyh4w-9zkbKMcEWFYmMujxLrwdKMGE7qlbg/edit#gid=0
- ONWARD CA A one-stop resource for Californians impacted by job loss during the pandemic: https://onwardca.org/
- SAN MATEO COUNTY JOBS LIST Regularly updated with new job posts: https://onwardca.org/
- CORE SERVICES For assistance with emergency housing, food, or other needs: https://hsa.smcgov.org/emergency-safety-net-assistance-core-service-agencies
Mental Health: If you are having a mental health or other medical emergency requiring immediate care, call 911.
- CRISIS HOTLINES
- STARVISTA CRISIS HOTLINE For food, shelter, counseling (650) 579-0350
- CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES To report child abuse (800) 632-4615
- COMMUNITY OVERCOMING RELATIONSHIP ABUSE: (800) 300-1080
- NATIONAL PARENT HELPLINE: (855) 427-2736
- NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE: (800) RUNAWAY
- NATIONAL SUICIDE LINE: (800) SUICIDE
- NATIONAL TEEN CRISIS LINE: Text “listen” to 741741
- SAN FRANCISCO PARENT TALKLINE: (415) 441-5437
- TREVOR PROJECT Support for LGBTQ+ youth (866) 488-7386
- SHADOW’S EDGE A video game for teens designed to help with stressful life events https://www.shadowsedge.com/the-game/
- UNICEF TIPS FOR TEENS 6 tips for teens on taking care of their mental health during Covid-19 https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19
- SMC LIBRARY RESOURCES The library has free resources for every age, including language-learning software, digital magazines, cardio and dance classes, live-streamed music, and more https://smcl.org/
ONLINE LEARNING Develop academic, career, and life skills from home
- COURSERA https://www.coursera.org/
- KHAN ACADEMY Fantastic K-12 educational resources on over one hundred subjects https://www.khanacademy.org/
- GIRLS WHO CODE https://girlswhocode.com/code-at-home/
- AUDIBLE Free recorded books in multiple languages https://stories.audible.com/discovery
- VIRTUAL NATIONAL PARK VISITS Travel the world from the comfort of your couch https://www.travelzoo.com/blog/the-best-national-parks-to-visit-virtually/
If you need any other support at this time, please reach out to us at email@example.com, and we will do our best to connect you to an appropriate resource. Please continue to take good care of yourself and your loved ones!
MESSAGE FROM MARCH 18:
Dear Jobs for Youth family,
We at Jobs for Youth care deeply about you and your well-being, and we wish all of you and your families good physical and mental health during this challenging time. As we all make our way through the uncharted waters of COVID-19, the health and safety of our youth, families, and community partners are the top priority. Our County officials have been closely monitoring the rapidly-changing situation so we can make responsible decisions and keep you informed.
Here are the latest updates from our team (which are subject to change):
WORKSHOPS (DISTANCE LEARNING):
We are exploring different Job Preparation Workshop distance learning models so that our youth can continue to access these essential skills workshops and will email all of our community partners the details shortly.
JFY SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:
We are still offering 1:1 Workshops to help youth obtain eligibility for our JFY Summer Internships. We encourage youth who are 18-21 and who reside in San Mateo County during the summer to email JobsforYouth@smcgov.org to request this type of workshop. All 1:1 Workshops will be held via phone.
JFY SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST:
We have decided to postpone the 38th Annual Scholarship Breakfast, in accordance with the latest County, state, and federal public health guidance. We still expect to celebrate and introduce our Scholars to the community sometime this year.
Please visit our San Mateo County Covid-19 website for up-to-date information on the Covid-19 response in the County: https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus. Other reliable sources of up-to-date information include the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the WHO website (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus).
Child nutrition is essential during this time and school districts are offering “grab and go” meals at various school sites. We encourage you to visit your school district website to learn more.
This is a challenging time, but we will get through this together. Please wash your hands, practice social distancing and take care of yourself.
Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this global crisis.
The Jobs for Youth team