Do you remember 2007?

Jobs for Youth celebrated our 25th Anniversary of serving approximately 36,000 youth! In the first 25 years, JFY served approximately 36,000 youth with employment services. JFY evolved from a summer operation in 1982 into a year-round program. JFY increased in staff and partnered with volunteer agencies to serve an average of 1,500 youth per year. JFY had offices within PeninsulaWorks in Daly City, Redwood City, and Menlo Park. There was also an office within the San Mateo Adult School.

The 25th Anniversary Breakfast was held at the Crown Plaza in Foster City. In 2007, over $37,000 was raised. Bill Somerville with Philanthropic Ventures Foundations was the special guest and we would love to hear his memories! If you happen to know Bill, please send him a huge gratitude for his tremendous support in launching JFY into what it is now. We lost touch and would love to reconnect.

County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors President Rose Jacobs Gibson, County of San Mateo President Board of Supervisors was the Honorary Chairperson and Ron Kahn was the Chairman. Special Business Recognition was awarded to Gilead Sciences in Foster City and the City of Daly City received the Mary Paskevich Memorial Award. JFY was honored to receive a California Legislature Assembly Resolution from Honorable Tom Lantos, Honorable Gene Mullin, Honorable Fiona Ma, Honorable Ira Ruskin, Honorable S. Joseph Simitian, and Honorable Leland Y. Yee.

JFY was recognized with a Resolution from the Board of Supervisors, County of San Mateo congratulating JFY on the 25th Anniversary signed by President Rose Jacobs Gibson, March Church, Jerry Hill, Richard S. Gordon, and Adrienne J. Tissier. JFY was also recognized with a Town of Colma Proclamation recognizing the 25th Anniversary of San Mateo County Jobs for Youth signed by Mayor Frossanna Vallerga, Vice Mayor C.R. “Larry” Formalejo, Council Member Joseph Silva, Council Member Helen Fisicaro and Council Member Joanne F. del Rosario.

In 2007 alone, JFY served over 1,800 youth, nearly 500 youth were placed in jobs and seven youth were awarded scholarships. These youth lived throughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Joaquin County, Santa Clara County, Tulare County, and San Mateo County. We are proud to re-introduce you to the seven scholars and generous sponsors/presenters:

Neil Limbo – PG&E

Josephine Vanderhorst – Georgette Sarles

Ying Lin – Sylvia Kataoka

Wendy Renderos – Supervisor Adrienne Tissier

Shea Hickey – Supervisor Adrienne Tissier

Charla Winters – Woodlawn Foundation

Esperanza Reinoso -Woodlawn Foundation

Eshawn Scranton – Woodlawn Foundation

Please share this post with your family and friends to help us reconnect with the scholars and others who were part of our history. The history of Jobs for Youth continues every Thursday leading up to our virtual 40th JFY Al Teglia Scholar Shine Bright Celebration on May 19, 2022! We hope you’ll join us for this special celebration, donate toward equity in higher education scholarships and invite you to share an Al Teglia or JFY memory with photos if you have them on our special virtual video booth! Please share with your family, friends, collogues to collectively create a beautiful time capsule for future generations.

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