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Chief Suhr & SF.CITI Announce 2nd Annual Future Grads Internship Program
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Posted Date: 6/21/2013

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and sf.citi Chairman Ron Conway today

 

announced the 2nd annual Future Graduates Summer Tech Internship Program. As it did last

year, sf.citi donated $25,000 to fund stipends for San Francisco student interns at sf.citi member

tech companies: Pathbrite, Relevance, Black Girls Code, Sincerely, Cloudera, Stumbleupon,

Unified Social, Appallicious, MsJones Design, Exygy, Nudge Technology, and Shasta Crystals Inc.

 

"Giving young people job opportunities is among my highest priorities and we are doing just

that again this summer," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "Future Graduates supports my San

Francisco Summer Jobs+ Initiative, investing in our youth, giving them valuable job skills and

preparing our next generation of leaders. The San Francisco Police Foundation partnership with

sf.citi will give youth access to our city’s innovation sector where they will learn the skills they'll

need to compete for our 21st Century jobs."

 

Twenty San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students, ages 14-18 will

participate in internships at eleven innovative San Francisco-based technology companies. The

eight-week program begins June 21st , 2013 with an orientation. Each student will receive a

$1,250 paid internship stipend funded by the $25,000 sf.citi grant.

 

"When we began this program, I told you the staggering statistics related to the importance of

high school

 

graduation. This summer internship program is part of the long term plan to keep

 

our youth in school, help them

 

graduate high school and live successful healthy lives." said SF

 

Police Chief Greg Suhr. "I want to thank sf.citi for helping put this program together, and thank

everyone that helped make this year’s program a positive experience for our youth. It is

something that we need to continue for years to come. I thank the private business partners and

the other law enforcement agencies that made this program the wonderful success that it is. It

is all about our kids…our future."

 

"sf.citi is proud to again stand with Chief Suhr and our local technology community to provide

cutting edge summer jobs for young San Franciscans in our local innovation economy." said Ron

Conway, Chair of sf.citi. "This program is exactly where city leaders and tech can come

together to improve the lives of San Franciscans."

 

"It's been amazing. I've done a lot of cool stuff and had a lot of fun working on websites and

learning about developing games, apps, and surveys. I am saving most of my stipend to save for

college," said Nely Rodriguez, intern at Giggo last summer, who’s dream is to attend Harvard or

Berkeley and become a nurse or a teacher. "I definitely want to do this program again...it's

always been my dream to work during the summer and now that dream is accomplished."

sf.citi member company Pathbrite will lead an orientation to help students track their internship

progress throughout the summer using Pathbrite's Portfolio Platform, a next generation

academic and professional portfolio that helps educators and students improve the way they

teach, learn and grow.

 

"Students today need to develop skills that will prepare them for the job market of the 21st

Century. With internships hosted by some of the worlds most innovative companies, we’re not

only helping kick start their careers, but also creating San Francisco’s workforce of the future,"

said Heather Hiles, Founder and CEO of Pathbrite. "Pathbrite is committed to helping students

showcase evidence of their skills and achievements in pursuit of their educational and

employment goals."

 

The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, a non-profit educational organization for public

school students through mentored appreciation of architecture, engineering, construction, and

design will again host the program orientation and kick-off events.

"The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco is pleased to host the Future Graduates program

orientation day," said Alan Sandler,

 

Executive Director of the Architectural Foundation of San

 

Francisco. "We look forward to assisting these students with the knowledge and skills they need

to graduate high school and pursue fulfilling careers."

 

Providing youth access to real world job training, Future Graduates is a cornerstone program of

the San Francisco Police Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by citizens in 2011 to aid

San Francisco police officers in their service to community

 

sanfranciscopolicefoundation.org.

 

Future Graduates prepares students for success, encouraging them to graduate high school,

pursue fulfilling careers, and lead productive, healthy lives.

 

San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) is an organization created

to leverage the power of the technology community as a force for civic action in San Francisco.

sf.citi supports innovative policies and works collaboratively with government to find new

solutions to historic problems facing San Francisco, and promote tech sector interests and

growth. Over 600 San Francisco based technology companies and organizations are members of

sf.citi.

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