JFCS’ YouthFirst helps teens develop the necessary life skills to move into young adulthood smoothly, successfully, and responsibly through a Jewish values-based lens. Our innovative programs include Jewish service learning, leadership skills development, and career exploration.

YouthFirst provides teens and pre-teens the space to contemplate these questions:

  • Who Am I?
  • With whom and what am I connected?
  • To whom and for what am I responsible?
  • How can I bring about change in this world?

Engage with Community, Explore Identity, Initiate Change

Impact Year is for teens who want to make a difference in their communities through service and advocacy while building leadership skills. Participants become deeply involved with projects of their own choice over the course of a school year.

Additionally, summer programs include paid Summer Internships at JFCS or partnering organizations, and a summer day camp called, Summer Impact, in Marin County.

Throughout the year, YouthFirst offers volunteer opportunities for any interested preteens and teens. Check with your local office for upcoming events.

Contact Us

  • San Francisco
  • Linda Karlin
  • Director
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