The Youth & Family Collective provides a networking platform that offers opportunities for community members and organizations to connect, share information and resources, and engage in dialogue on critical issues impacting youth, families, and nonprofits in our region. YFC also provides opportunities and platforms for organizations to come together for collaborative program delivery for youth, families, and the community. Current projects are focused on youth workforce development and youth mental health and wellness.
Unite Sacramento’s youth-serving community-based organizations to enable youth to learn, earn, and thrive through work-based learning experiences.
High School Youth residing or attending schools within the City of Sacramento*, with an emphasis on engaging youth most impacted by systemic oppression and/or adverse childhood/community experiences.
*Eligibility based on current funding source.
Key Program Components
- Connect: A network of Community-based organizations connects and guides youth through 40-hours of work-based learning experiences. #SYW approaches work-based learning with a strong positive youth development lens.
- Learn: Youth engage in up to 20-hours of work-readiness trainings that support the development of 21st century skills, connect to their applied service/work projects, and support exploration of career pathways.
- Earn: Youth engage in a minimum of 20-hours of applied service/work projects related to their work-readiness trainings. Youth earn a stipend for completing the program.
- #SacYouthWorks was piloted in the Summer of 2020 with City of Sacramento CARES Act funding to respond to youth and community needs that emerged due to the pandemic.
- In its inaugural year (Summer 2020 – Summer 2021), #SYW served 1,600 youth through partnerships with 52 community-based organizations.
- Youth engaged in 64,000 hours of learning and applied service/work
- Youth earned $781,000 in stipends to acknowledge the value of their work and support economic relief
- Community-based organizations received $733,060 to support programming and community-covid relief efforts.
- Youth Participants overwhelmingly reported that participating in #SacYouthWorks helped them feel more confident in themselves, more hopeful about their future, increased connection with positive peer relationships, and develop skills for the future.
Program: #SacYouthWorks: Futures
Support youth in creating pathways to healthy futures and college/career success through work-based learning experiences incorporating underage marijuana prevention education.
City of Sacramento youth ages 14-19,* with an emphasis on engaging youth most impacted by systemic oppression and/or adverse childhood/community experiences.
*Eligibility based on current partnership/funding source (City of Sacramento BSCC Prop 64 Public Health and Safety Funds)
- Network of Community-based organizations to connect and guide youth through a 40-hour program combining work-based learning experiences and prevention education.
- Learn: Youth engage in a minimum of 10 hours of underage marijuana use prevention education and up to 10 hours of work-readiness skills training.
- Earn: Youth engage in a minimum of 20 hours of service/applied work projects and earn a stipend of $500.
Empower youth as change-agents to improve mental wellness for themselves, peers, families, and community through work-based learning opportunities.
Youth Ages 12-18 attending program-site schools through Sacramento City Unified School District*
*Eligibility based on current partnerships/funding source from SCUSD
Key Program Components
- Network of Community-based organizations to
- Learn: youth engage in 20-hours of mental wellness literacy training (PRO Youth and Families’ Mental Wellness Champions Program)
- Earn: youth engaged in 20-hours of service/applied-work projects supporting mental wellness public awareness campaigns, peers support, and/or advocacy. Youth earn a $500 stipend.
- Program was piloted in the Summer/Fall 2021 with 60 youth and 6 CBO Partners with support from Sutter Health Foundation.