TeenForce

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Location: 1080 N. 7th Street San Jose CA 95112 USA

Mission: TeenForce is a social enterprise that is focused on solving America's youth employment crisis by fulfilling the hiring needs of businesses. As a self-sustaining non-profit organization, we help all teens (ages 14 – 20) with varying degrees of skill sets gain valuable work experience. We provide work readiness training, skills development, and job placement services. Our staffing agency model makes it convenient and cost-effective for employers to hire teens while generating revenue to support our activities. Teens in our program gain confidence and skills, while improving adult/teen relationships. Teens become healthy, caring and responsible young adults who have important roles in the community.
Results: 1. Approved as 501 (c) (3) in July, 2010 2. Established functional staffing agency business model, including database, website, policies and procedures. 3. Placed 236 youth into jobs (as of March 2013) for a total of over 62,580 paid work hours. ($591,790 in wages) 4. We have over 50 clients who provide jobs for teens.
Target demographics: Teenagers and young adults (ages 14 -20)
Direct beneficiaries per year: In our first year, the number will be approximately 50 teens.
Programs: Temporary, part-time and full-time job placement. Summer Internship Program. Skills training and development. Jobs program for youth in foster care.
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EIN 27-2117804
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www.teenforce.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

TeenForce is a tremendous partner for Silicon Valley Children's Fund. John and his team have opened the doors to employment opportunities for so many foster youth in our community.

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I am a college student and before using TeenForce I had little job experience. TeenForce has provided me opportunities in various job careers and allowed me to gain job experience. They have helped me with several hands-on job training experiences such as Trader Joe's and Wingstop. These job training experiences not only gave me an an opportunity to work at these various areas but it provided me insight into seeing how these different places run. I have worked for several companies thanks to TeenForce, during the holiday season I was a gift wrapper for the Wooden Horse this allowed me to opportunity to work in a fast paced environment during a high-stress time of year giving me the opportunity to work in a high-stress situation.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a college student with very little work experience, I found it difficult to find a job or internship that would help me develop my interests and provide important learning experiences that I could use in the work place. While I had worked for my neighbors and had done several short manual labor jobs, I have never really had a job that has challenged me and helped me grow as an employee. TeenForce connected me with an amazing internship that has given me insight into potential career paths and given me vital skills and experience that I can use to further my future career. Although I applied to dozens of companies as a potential intern, it was very difficult to find available positions on my own. Having TeenForce's help in my job search has allowed me to find work in an amazing company and has given me a truly wonderful working experience that I would not have otherwise been able to have. Their dedication to both the teens and employers is incredible, and I would recommend TeenForce to anyone looking for an employment agency that ensures quality and provides a deep level of dedication to its clients and employees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the internship they placed me with. I was given an interview and several weeks later was placed in the internship where I now currently work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide a greater base of employers for teens. However, I see this already happening as the organization grows and connects more teens and employers.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a friend who had previously worked for them.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The internship I found through TeenForce has allowed me to interact with intelligent, professional people who have helped me focus my career path and my maturity as an employee.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

TeenForce is an amazing group that changed my life by giving me the opportunity to work in a field that I'm interested in. My work experience was limited, but my interest wasn't lacking. A great thing about TeenForce is that they will give you an interview; a chance to make an impression is rare for teens without much work experience. I loved the idea of not having to apply everywhere that I could think of, following up constantly, and being discouraged whenever things didn't work out. As a TeenForce teen, I just had to call one number to reach out and get my name associated with a number of opportunities. This is a huge benefit for the large population of capable yet slightly hesitant teens like me. I let them know that I just wanted to work, whether it was in a yard or in an office. They came through and got me an amazing paid internship which has and will benefit me for years to come. For any teens, if you don't particularly enjoy (I don't know why you would) searching for "help wanted" and applying for jobs, TeenForce is the place for you. Of course it's always good to look on your own, but it's nice to know that there's someone helping you. And they are motivated to do so because they only get paid once you get paid, so there's nothing to lose really. For potential employers, just ask any of TeenForce's clients how their experience was. The company is adamant at producing an enjoyable experience for its clients by making sure that us employees are serious and ready to meet the demand of any job we are given the chance at. They wouldn't recommend you a teen for the job that they didn't feel was truly capable and best-suited to meet your needs. Another plus is that they do all the employee paperwork for you! So again, there is nothing to lose. For any job where you feel a teen would be best, TeenForce is the best place to find one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting a job which I am so grateful for, which I would never have had access to without TeenForce.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more businesses look to TeenForce to find employees, because there are a lot of teens looking for work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Teenforce has provided an easy and affordable avenue for our small company to hire a smart, driven local teen to help with our business. We've been able to get the level of help we need while he gains practical experience and skills that help him stand out from his peers. The Teenforce model of screening potential candidates and handling all payments makes the hiring effort small for us. We'd recommend Teenforce to any business looking for extra help and/or looking to engage with the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Doing general administration, organizing our client database and pulling together market information and reports.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Presentation at our office

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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