JFY Virtual Workshops

We invite youth (14-21) who live in San Mateo County to register for a FREE Landing the Job Virtual Workshop.

Founded by former Daly City Mayor Al Teglia in 1982, the County of San Mateo Jobs for Youth program is driven by an aspirational goal: We envision a community in which every youth feels empowered to take charge of their career and economic future. To this end, we provide support via our three pillars of success—job skills workshops, employment opportunities, and scholarships.

Our workshops focus on job preparation and lifelong career success. All workshops are built on the belief that the career journey is about more than getting a job: it’s about finding, and being, yourself. We teach our youth that the best way to figure out what you want to do is to figure out who you are.

During Jobs for Youth workshops, youth learn how to communicate more effectively, network, master the job application process, and interview effectively. We also teach youth how to succeed at a new position and how to leave a job respectfully. All workshops are based on our proprietary curriculum and use our fun, engaging workbooks.

We currently offer six virtual, one-hour workshops and we recommend that youth take these workshops in sequence .

Soft Skills Workshop 1

Soft Skills for Success 

Because success starts with knowing yourself, loving yourself, and being yourself. This workshop focuses on success, confidence, and resiliency and is the first essential building block to all of the other workshops. In this workshop, youth gain confidence and an understanding of their individual growth potential. Participants learn to present themselves in a positive and thoughtful light.

JFY Networking Workshop


Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. In this workshop, youth learn the value of networking and authentic relationships. We explore the differences between direct and indirect networking, learn how to network on LinkedIn, and develop an understanding of how personal networks are seen by potential employers. By the end of the workshop, youth learn how to give a “passion pitch” and feel more confident in professional interactions.

JFY Workshop Job Search and Master Job Application

Job Searching & the Master Job Application

In this workshop, youth learn how to find job openings that are a good fit. By the end of the workshop, participants have a basic understanding of online job search tools, the typical application and hiring process, and how to identify transferable skills that match a job description. We also cover how to maintain and use a Master Job Application, and we guide youth in reviewing sample job applications and completing an application. For youth under age 18, we cover how to obtain a work permit.

Resume & Cover Letter

This workshop builds on the material covered in the Job Searching & Master Job Application workshop. We cover the structure of effective resumes and cover letters, dissecting a resume with youth and providing tips on making resumes shine. We explore the different types of resume layouts and learn the importance of customizing resumes. We also discuss professional references, thank you letters, and the value of networking. We introduce O*NET, a resource for exploring occupations.

The Interview

This workshop prepares youth to succeed in the job interview. We cover the different types of interviews, what to wear and what not to wear, and how to prepare for an interview. We teach the EAR (Event, Action, and Result) method for responding to questions, and we interact in polls or in the chat box to answer various roleplaying interview scenarios. We also discuss how to prepare an effective closing statement. Youth learn to reflect after an interview, explore ways to be resilient, and gain confidence.

I Got the Job! I Didn’t Get the Job! Now What?

This workshop prepares youth for the first day at a new job and helps them be the best version of themselves at work. Youth learn that being nervous for the first day of work is normal and that we all feel that on some level. We discuss strategies for managing anxiety and for turning nervous butterflies into confidence, and we share tips for overcoming common first day challenges. We also cover how to quit a job and move on respectfully and what to do when an interview does not result in an offer. In this workshop, we emphasize personal discovery and strategies for dealing with challenges on the road to success.


  1. Have you been invited by your teacher/counselor? If so, please look for the date, timeframe and your school to register.
  2. If you haven’t been invited by your teacher/counselor, we invite you to attend a workshop listed as “public”. Please do not sign up for the other school workshops. Thank you!


Are you a teacher or community partner who would like to schedule a free JFY Virtual Workshop for your students? We would love to hear from you! Let’s chat. Please email JobsforYouth@smcgov.org 


All Jobs for Youth Job Preparation Workshops use  the Landing the Job Workbooks developed in the Human Resources Department of the County of San Mateo. We encourage you to download our free JFY Workshop e-Workbooks.