January 13, 2015 



TeenForce is a unique non-profit, using a business-centric social enterprise model to solve the important problem of employment for disadvantaged youth. We have been growing in uncharted territory for the past four years while running the only alternative staffing agency in the country that is exclusively focused on teens and young adults. This is why we are so pleased to make two great announcements.

25 students attended our first STEM training.  Click photo for details.


First, we have hired Tammy Janosik, a proven non-profit manager, as our Chief Operating Officer.  


Second, TeenForce has been announced as the recipient of the first ever Non-Profit of the Year award from the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce

Please read to the end to see how can join us to celebrate this award.  


New Year, New Team Member
Welcome, Tammy Janosik!
 "Joining TeenForce is my dream job," said Tammy. "I can combine my experience in managing growing, complex organizations with my passion for working with youth. We can really make a difference at TeenForce and I look forward to the challenge ."

Tammy Janosik joined our team on January 5. As Chief Operating Officer, Tammy will oversee all aspects of staffing and youth development at TeenForce. This includes building and supporting our internal team of nine staff members and oversight of our three branches in San Jose, Morgan Hill and East Menlo Park.


This challenging job has two key objectives. First, we need to make sure we are an effective staffing agency, filling the hiring needs of our business clients. Second, we need to make sure that what we do matters. The job placements for our teens and young adults need to lead to improved outcomes for the youth in the areas of career development, educational attainment and progress towards self-sufficiency.


Tammy joins TeenForce after 12 successful years with RotaCare Bay Area, the last six as Chief Executive Officer. At RotaCare, Tammy was responsible for the operation of 12 free health clinics serving the uninsured in seven Bay Area counties. After spending six months planning her transition, including recruiting her replacement, Tammy is ready for a new challenge.



TeenForce recognized for its growing success
San Jose Chamber's "Non- profit of the year"

We are so honored to be the inaugural winner of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber's "Non-profit of the Year" award. We have been recognized by politicians, government agencies and other non-profits in the past few years. But, this is our first time to be recognized by a business organization, which validates our social enterprise model as being an effective combination of "business" and "social services."


Our SJSV Chamber membership has been critical to our success. Starting with their support of the "100 jobs for foster youth" initiative in 2013, Chamber members have now met their staffing needs by hiring over 150 current and former foster youth in a variety of positions in the health care, pest control, retail, administrative, beverage distribution, legal and financial services industries. 


"We embraced the TeenForce story the first time we heard it in 2012," said Matt Mahood, CEO of the SJSV Chamber. "They simultaneously provide a hiring service to our chamber members and support the growth of the most disadvantaged youth in our community, including Foster Care youth. This is a win-win model, and we are proud that our Board of Directors is recognizing TeenForce with this award. We look forward to expanding our support of Opportunity Youth in 2015 and beyond."


Hope to see you there!
SJSV Chamber Annual Membership Dinner
Please support the SJSV Chamber and TeenForce by joining us at the annual Membership Dinner and Distinguished Business Awards celebration. The event is February 25th at 5:30 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose.  Tickets and registration are available here. 


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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