Teens can drop by YouthFirst, our teens program center, at any time to meet with a full-time staff person who can help with any questions about SAT preparation, college searches, and admissions, essay-writing, and financial-aid applications. While there, they can pick up a financial-aid application for JFCS’s financial assistance program. Also available at YouthFirst are copies of college handbooks detailing every aspect of the college application process: preparing academically for college, choosing the right school, applying for admission and financial aid, and more. Our handbooks are constantly being updated as new material becomes available.
Tutoring and Academic Support. JFCS will match students with a tutor for support in their high-school classes. Students meet once a week with a tutor to help with homework, test and SAT preparation, or finals reviewing.
College Essay Assistance. YouthFirst offers workshops and one-on-one assistance that focus on how to write a compelling college essay. For the weeks preceding school application deadlines, students can drop in at YouthFirst in the afternoons or email copies of their college essays for feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Loans and grants are available to youth through JFCS—not only for college, but for summer camps as well. For more information about the various types of financial aid available through the JFCS, please contact the Financial Aid Center at 415-449-3726.
Taylor Epstein, Director of YouthFirst Programs