December 23, 2014 


Welcome to our year end newsletter. 2014 was a transformative year for TeenForce, and we will use this opportunity to summarize our achievements. We hit record activity levels, with almost 200 youth working over 60,000 hours and earning nearly $650,000. We also established important new funding relationships and strategies that will allow us to demonstrate our ability to replicate and scale our social enterprise in two new locations. The details are below. Thank you for your continued support. We wish you a joyous holiday season!

Our youth working as food runners for the San Jose Earthquakes' opening game of the 2014 season!


Launching our Branch Network
San Mateo and South County

The plan for TeenForce has always been to develop a series of local, community-based branches that would be supported by a centralized operations structure. That became a reality in July 2014 when we opened two branches.


Our site in Morgan Hill serves youth in the South County. The communities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy sometimes experience a lack of locally based services. This branch specifically serves South County youth with local jobs. We are grateful for the support of Santa Clara County, the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, who have provided funding to ramp this location up over the next three years.


JobTrain helps students obtain the skills and confidence they need in order to be successful in the workplace.

We have partnered with JobTrain to establish a site serving Southern San Mateo County communities including East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, Menlo Park and Redwood City. This launch is supported by funding from the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board. We are able to place youth who are completing skills training at JobTrain and also offer a special subsidized wage program to employers wishing to get these youth started in the workplace.


Highlighting our Youth
Morgan Hill Teens

Stephanie and Luis started working for the City of Morgan Hill in September 2014. TeenForce collaborated with the City of Morgan Hill to provide enriching internship opportunities for our youth and young adults to strengthen their skills in the workplace. Stephanie and Luis both work in different departments for the city and provide valuable assistance with organizing, planning and running events, as well as, clerical work.  Both have been doing a great job and the city is very proud to have them on board!  

Establishing New Funding Partnerships
Thank you to WSJF and Noyce Foundation for their support

The expansion described above would not be possible without funding support for our central operations and infrastructure. We are very grateful to the Walter S. Johnson Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, who have provided multi-year support of $367,000. This funding is allowing us to build out a professional support staff including a Chief Operating Officer, outcomes measurement and full-time accounting and human resources support. It also opened the door to the governmental agency support mentioned above, marking the first time that TeenForce has accessed public contracts.


TeenForce in the News

What we've been up to!


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

Our Stats Since Inception
Teens employed/ placed : 402
Teen hours worked : 141,435
(over $1,409,500 in wages paid to teens)
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