Job training for 17 at-risk girls in San Francisco

by Spark


Provide job training and support for 17 at-risk young women in San Francisco who have been exposed to the foster care and juvenile justice system.

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Young women, particularly young women of color, are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. They are disproportionately poor and over 75% have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. The lack of gainful and meaningful employment is the primary obstacle facing young women struggling to stay out of the criminal justice system and stabilize their lives. With limited education and the stigma of a criminal record, job prospects for these young people are dim.


Paid internships incorporate skills development, political education, community organizing and preparation for reintegration. The training prepares these young women for higher education and careers as consultants for public youth serving systems.

Long-Term Impact

The project creates new opportunities for 40 at-risk women looking for meaningful employment and support to heal from trauma. They successfully keeps young women out of the criminal justice system and offer jobs needed to support their families.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Spark’s Website
The Center for Young Women’s Development
Spark Video

Organization Information


Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Shannon Farley
Project Leader:
Shannon Farley
Executive Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 200 donors like you, a total of $16,136 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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