North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative helps the NFO Community and the County of San Mateo. We provide mentorship and tools to empower youth to use their voice, choices, education and leadership to make a positive change in their community!
Our NFOYI members outdoors enjoying teambuilding and most importantly how they can and will make an impact in our community and world as servant leaders!
When the Siena Youth Center (SYC) opened its doors in 2012, it aimed to serve 50 youth in its first year with safe space and academic, health, and physical fitness programming during out-of-school hours. Four years later, 130 low-income, predominantly immigrant youth ages 9-22 participate in a range of youth-development based activities through out-of-school and summer programs and community events. The NFOYI started with the vision and drive of 10 NFO Koshland Civic Award community leaders who saw the need for youth leadership programs in North Fair Oaks. With the support of the San Francisco Foundation the program was established. We are committed to being a resource to whole families and to the wider community. We are also committed to working with families as full partners in the development of their children and the community. The Siena Youth Center’s North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative with positive mentorship (Poderismo) helps steer and drive SYC’s five departments of health and wellness, art and cultural awareness, education, leadership and advocacy. The NFOYI will foster positive decision-making and community contribution, and support healthier futures for more than 130 under-resourced youth and their families. We believe in the power and community cultural wealth of our community.
About our high school leadership program options
High School Members are a part of a group of 30-35 high school youth who will collaborate with one another and work closely with our SYC Staff , key community organizations and leaders to strengthen youth leadership in North Fair Oaks. We have two options for High School youth to be Program Aids or have more leadership responsibilities through our Youth Program Leader positions.
Our NFOYI Members doing some great team building in Santa Monica
Our vision is that all youth in North Fair Oaks have the ‘tools,’ personal power, opportunities, and full support to make healthy decisions for themselves, and to be a positive resource for their peers and the North Fair Oaks community.
Our NFOYI Members with Supervisor Warren Slocum and Legislative Aid Irving Torres
Strengthen existing youth leadership efforts for youth ages 8 to 22 in the North Fair Oaks community and San Mateo County through servant leadership.
To collaborate with youth and other key community stakeholders in building and sustaining new youth leadership opportunities.
To train youth to take leadership roles in the planning and support with county events, partner events and community events.
Our NFOYI members learning with our amazing trainer and friend Alejandro Vilchez
Attendance Requirement and timeline
September through June
North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative Program Aids can come any day afterschool to support and be a part of our programs!
NFOYI Youth Program Leaders will need to attend SYC a Mandatory three-four times a week as it is a paid stipend position. NFOYI Program Leaders will have to attend team meetings twice a month with the entire Siena Youth Center staff to be in dialogue and plan out events and field trips.
Youth Program Leaders and Aids need to attend mandatory orientation/registration on Wednesday September 13, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm.
Programs will run some Saturdays and weekends!
The program runs from September through June (10 months). Youth who are accepted in the program are expected to complete all 10 months.
Trainings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 6pm to 8:30pm. Field trips and conference are on Saturdays and/or Sundays, 4 or 5 times throughout the 10 months.
“NFOYI changed my life in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine. NFOYI opened doors for me, helped me grow as an individual, gave me an accepting community and a platform where my voice mattered, and made me the great leader I am today. I’m more than grateful to have been given the chance to be part of such an impactful program. I’m positive my life would be drastically different if I hadn’t joined NFOYI.”
Magali Piñeda- NFOYI Member
Program Timeline to Apply
NFOYI Program Aid – Deadline to apply: September 7, 2017
NFOYI Youth Program Leader- Deadline to apply: September 11, 2017
Lottery for Youth Program Leader positions will be announced on September 12, 2017
Orientation for North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative Youth Program Leaders will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Location: Siena Youth Center
2625 Marlborough Avenue, Redwood City, CA, 94063
Youth Program Leader
Youth Program Aid
PROGRAM LEADER APPLICATION (PAPER PDF VERSION)
PROGRAM AID APPLICATION (PAPER PDF VERSION)
Program Director: Rafael Avendano, (650) 298-9458, email@example.com
Assistant Program Director: Maritza Amaya, (650)-298-9458
We thank our sponsors and donors!
San Francisco Foundation
NFO Koshland Fellows
Sequoia Healthcare District
County of San Mateo District 4 Warren Slocum Office