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, internships, 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.

Participants can join in at any time during the school year as their schedules allow.

Impact Year Leaders take on the role of planning and executing service learning and advocacy projects for their peers, and supporting populations in need within our communities.

Additionally, summer programs include paid Summer Internships at JFCS and partnering organizations.

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

Contact Us

  • Director
  • Linda Karlin
  • San Francisco
  • Natan Kuchar
  • North Peninsula
  • Linda Karlin
  • South Peninsula
  • Deborah Schneider
  • Marin County
  • Margolit Sands
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