For Immediate ReleaseAugust 06, 2019
Innovative program partners young people with public service jobs
San Rafael, CA – At age 16, Hajra Yacoobali was one of the youngest participants in the County of Marin’s eight-week Career Explorer Youth Program, which gives young people career experience in local government. The Mill Valley resident worked this summer with the District Attorney’s Office.
Marin Organizing for Racial Justice, a program of the Youth Leadership Institute, connected Yacoobali to the Career Explorers program and the DA’s Office. Although it’s too early for her to pinpoint what she wants to study in college, Yacoobali said, “I want to work with people and make a difference. I know I want to do something with human behavior because it has a lot of impact on who you are and how you act. When you see people in court, you observe all the emotions and physical actions. It was just a great experience.”
Yacoobali was the recipient of the Dan Daniels Spirit of Service Award, given to the participant who demonstrates a passion for serving clients, co-workers and community partners while stating a goal of eventually becoming a full-fledged County employee. Daniels, a respected mentor for many County programs, was on hand to congratulate her, as were DA Lori Frugoli and several deputy district attorneys.
The following interns joined Yacoobali at the graduation ceremony:
Also, Renelle Demasco and Devona Times participated with the nonprofit Performing Stars of Marin and Jacki Salas contributed with the Marin City Community Services District.
The program’s main goal is to provide work readiness skills to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage in career exploration. It is accomplished through a combination of intensive workshops, networking with professionals in various departments across the County government, and the internship itself. Some of the participants may have experienced barriers or challenges to employment. These can include contact with the juvenile justice system, family members with experience in either the juvenile or adult justice systems, or residence in neighborhoods often impacted by crime.
Interns generally work weekdays between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., excluding holidays, and start with an orientation period. All participants receive $100 per week during the two-week orientation. The interns are paid between $13.35 and $14.44 per hour. Probation used state grant funds to cover the costs.
The Career Explorers program also aligns with the goals of the County’s 5-Year Business Plan to create an inclusive organization with diversity at all levels of the organization, develop a world-class internship program, and increase employment opportunities for people with lived experiences.
Luis LucianoEmployment Development CounselorProbations Department
120 N. Redwood Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6676Email: Luis LucianoProbation website