Service & Events
Explore our volunteer opportunities and upcoming events!
YouthFirst offers a variety of opportunities for teens to support people, issues and needs facing our communities. Please come back to visit this page as new ideas will be added in the coming days and weeks.
Letter Writing for Homebound Seniors
Everyone loves to get handwritten notes, especially seniors! Help make an isolated senior’s day by writing a card, sending a joke, or drawing a picture, and let them know you are thinking about them. If you would like to write personal notes to ten seniors in our community, please contact Deborah Schneider at [email protected] for a list of names and instructions on where to send them.
Face masks for Frontline Workers
Given the short supply of face masks for first responders, hospitals, and other high-risk workers, you can help by making them at home using these instructions or watching this video demonstration. Mail your completed face masks to Jordan Vaughter at JFCS, P.O Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115. We will deliver them for you to those who urgently need them. Local Joann Fabrics stores are donating free materials for this project. Find your local store here—not all shops are participating, so telephone the store first.
Donate to JFCS Food Banks
As Shelter In Place continues, our community faces an unprecedented need for food donations and deliveries. Help JFCS keep our Food Banks full throughout the Bay Area and ensure we have essential supplies for everyone in need. Read here for details on how you and your family can contribute.
Virtual Talent Show
To combat the negative side effects of social isolation that many seniors face, even in “normal” times, teens are offering up their talents for a virtual “talent show”. Whether it’s playing an instrument, reading poetry or short story, or doing a monologue—show off your amazing skills to a captive audience. Maybe you want to partner with a friend and sing a duet! If you’re stuck on ideas of what to offer, let us know and we can provide some easy suggestions.
Performances will take place Monday-Friday 11:30-12:00. Sign up for a 10-minute time slot here.
Virtual Career Nights
Find out how your interests could turn into a career. Teens get a chance join a variety of successful professionals online to hear them speak about their unique career journeys, followed by a structured Q&A. For more information and to register, click on the location below.
San Francisco ONLINE—Monday March 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Palo Alto ONLINE—Monday March 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Marin ONLINE—Wednesday April 1, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
San Mateo ONLINE—Thursday April 2, 4:00 – 5:30 pm