What is DCYF?
The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families helps children and youth by bringing people from across the city together. DCYF supports the city's children and youth, birth to age 24, and their families to lead lives full of opportunity and happinessby allocating dollars to maximize impact through funding in the following areas: early care and education, out-of-school-time, youth empowerment, youth workforce development, family support, health and wellness and violence prevention. DCYF operates via an extensive multi-year planning process and works on a daily basis to improve access to services.
DCYF University Description
DCYF is embracing a holistic approach to Capacity Building and Professional Development by designing a multilevel system for professional development and personal growth. We aim to build a stronger youth worker workforce and increase the quality of services and that are available to San Francisco children, youth and their families by providing Capacity Building and Professional Development on an individual, programmatic and organizational levels. At the individual level, we will provide professional development opportunities that increase the skills and abilities needed to implement high quality youth development programming. On the programmatic level, our efforts will focus on building the capacity and ability for programs to engage in continuous quality improvement and to support staff with their professional development. Finally, on the organizational level, we will help organizations build and strengthen their systems and infrastructure in order to provide the solid foundation required for effective programs and staff.
What is the DCYF University Youth Empowerment, Leadership and Advocacy Specialization?
DCYF University will provide an opportunity for youth leaders to become Specialists by delving deeper into specific subject matter in a series of seven workshops and an option to design and lead DCYF's Youth Advocacy Day in 2020.
DCYF University will run from October 2019 - June 2020 with an initial class of up to 15-20 individuals. Participants in the program will receive benefits including:
A Certificate of Completion indicating proficiency in Youth Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy
Professional Development (see the workshop schedule below)
What is Youth Advocacy Day (YAD)?
Youth Advocacy Day (YAD) is an annual all-day event committed to youth empowerment and civic engagement for San Francisco’s youth. It is a day in which high school students have the opportunity to meet directly with city leaders and public officials to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions about issues they care about as young people. Since its inception, DCYF has worked to make Youth Advocacy Day a unique educational experience for youth to take ownership over their civic lives. We aim to demystify the engagement between youth and our public officials by creating intentional interactions and positive experiences within City Hall. Students from all across San Francisco will leave with a powerful, engaging, and educational experience that will equip them with tools to make them more active citizens.