Mayor Breed’s Opportunities for All (OFA) provides access to career exploration and workforce development for San Francisco’s youth and young adults. The initiative includes paid internships, mentorship, and pathways to employment, including job readiness, career training, and apprenticeship for participants ages 13 to 24. OFA focuses on equitable access to these opportunities through workforce connection, support and job resources for both job seekers and employers alike.
Tour at Genentech
Genentech hosted a Science + Medical Technology tour for OFA students. Students saw lab scientists and technicians engage with cell cultures to ensure quality control throughout the cell culture process. Students learned how scientific experiences are set up in real life and the precautions necessary to grow cell cultures. Genentech employees described their day-to-day work schedule and career journey, and answered questions about finding ways to save lives through science.
Workshop at Nixon Peabody
Chamber member Nixon Peabody hosted a half-day session for OFA youth interested in working for a law firm. Students learned from attorneys, business support professionals, marketing leaders, and other team members about opportunities that exist in the modern legal industry. OFA youth found it valuable to understand the different types of jobs in a law firm while also learning about the day-to-day work of practicing lawyers. Students were excited to learn that there are many ways to move up in a law firm without a law degree.
Workshop at HOK
Chamber member HOK hosted a phenomenal Architecture workshop. OFA youth had the opportunity to learn about the development process for planning, obtaining permits, and the basics of building design. An architect discussed the importance of community involvement and showcased the Salesforce tower. Students took a wild ride on the Gondola Tram for the first time and explored the Salesforce park. After the Infrastructure tour, HOK representatives led an office tour where they highlighted contributions to Aviation, Health Care, Science Technology, and Sport development projects.
Workshop at Cahill Contractors
Chamber member Cahill Contractors hosted a one-day workshop for Opportunities for All Youth. This provided a glance into the different fields within Construction, Engineering, and Architecture. Youth learned about the companies history, career paths, and general contracting. Students departed with information on professional development opportunities, networking skills, and the importance of exploring career opportunities while in school. This workshop is useful for youth exploring Engineering as a career, learning about planning unique buildings and structures, and a snapshot into San Francisco’s building history.
Workshop at KPMG
Chamber Member KPMG hosted a 1-day workshop for Opportunities for All youth. Presenters discussed the benefits of pursuing an Accounting career. KPMG representatives explained the various fields associated within an Accounting firm. They also discussed professional development strategies and future internship and job opportunities. OFA youth were excited to explore new fields and be immersed in an engaging workshop.
Workforce Tour at Pillsbury Law
As a part of Mayor London Breed’s Opportunities for All Initiative, Chamber member Pillsbury Law firm hosted a 1-day workshop for youth interested in the Legal field. Panel speakers showcased a variety of Attorney, and Non-Attorney careers within a law firm, from Recruiting to IT. OFA Youth were excited to take a glance into the field, gain exposure to future career opportunities, and learn what it takes to run a law firm.
Internships at Airbnb
Chamber member Airbnb jumped right into Opportunities for All, hosting 21 student interns and 3 Program leads. Airbnb designed an internship experience in which youth spent the first week learning professional skills, gaining an overview of Airbnb’s business, and taking surveys to determine which team is a best fit for their internship. They will spend the next three weeks bringing new perspectives to their host teams.
Internships at Project Level
Chamber member Project Level is an active non-profit that nurtures the creative needs of at-risk and under-served Bay Area inner-city youth through performing arts. Their focus areas include music, film, fashion, dance, and marketing. Project Level is hosting a 6-week internship program for 75 local youth. Interns learn industry skills for creative fields as well as important leadership skills to carry with them later on. We are impressed by their ability to support so many youth with relevant and quality programming. Many thanks to Project Level for assisting so many youth in our community!
Internships at Code Tenderloin/LinkedIn
Video of Workshop
Video of Workshop
Workforce Tour at Pier 39
Chamber Board member Taylor Safford, CEO of Pier 39, hosted a visit of high school students to the pier on Monday. Youth toured the pier, spoke with many small business owners, learned how businesses are run, and received tips on how to succeed in professional environments. Many thanks to Pier 39 for helping educate local students on what it takes to get and succeed in the workplace!
Video of Tour
For more information on the larger city-wide effort, please visit the Opportunities for All homepage at www.opps4allsf.org.