March 31,2015

I will be blunt.  We need your help.  We have 22 high school foster youth who have invested 60 hours on Saturdays learning STEM and Work Readiness Skills. We have 14 internships arranged, but need 8 more to make sure each student gets rewarded for his or her hard work.

These youth didn't choose to enter foster care, but they have chosen to invest in their futures by being the first class to complete our STEM intern pilot program. 

If you aren't a hiring manager, please consider referring us to an associate who may be ab le to help.  (Or use the buttons at the top to share with your networks). 

Please read the two paragraphs below to find out why this is so important.

Research says Foster Youth must learn employment skills while in high school.

National research shows that when foster youth exit care at or around age 18, half of them are unemployed; one third are dependent on public assistance; a quarter are incarcerated; and over a fifth are homeless. A United States Department of Labor study of transition age youth in five states, including California, concluded that few youth leave the foster care system prepared for work. At age 18, 75% of foster youth have little to no work experience.


For the first two years after age 18, 24% of foster youth have absolutely no earnings, and earnings remain below the poverty threshold for these youth well into their twenties. By age 24, the average former foster youth earns $690 per month, far less than the $1,535 per month earned by his or her non-foster peers. Wage earnings for former foster youth are strongly correlated with employment experience and job preparation while in care. By age 24, the only former foster youth who are consistently employed, earning wages near the national average, are those who had a job while in the foster care system. 


 Full report from the Child Welfare Initiative can be found here. 

The Solution:  Provide an Internship this Summer 

Commitment Details


Dates:  Between June 8 and August 14 (five to seven weeks during this period)

Costs:   About $2,250 (69% to intern for wages, 14% for payroll tax and insurance, balance for program expenses).  Can be more or less based on the length of the internship. 

What types of jobs are appropriate?:  We can help you design a meaningful internship that is a win-win.  Interns can help with a variety of projects in marketing, accounting and technology areas.  The important thing is that we have a supportive learning environment with a meaningful project.   

Sounds crazy.  Who else is doing it?:  We have some great internship partners including SanDisk, Xilinx, Technology Credit Union, SYNNEX and Princeton Capital.  Please join them by becoming part of our Clinton Global America commitment to bring an internship to every high school foster youth in Santa Clara County.  

We can't hire high school youth:   TeenForce can manage the entire process.  We hire and pay the youth.  We also handle work permits and insurance.   


TeenForce in the News

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 TeenForce at the White House      NBC 11 News Story    Clinton Global Commitment  


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