Summer Kick-Off Rally

With summer 2019 officially underway, hundreds of local youth and employer partners came together to kick off the first Opportunities for All internships with a rally at Oracle Park.

Hosted by San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, who launched the Opportunities for All initiative in October 2018, the rally connected young people that will be participating in internships and other work-based learning opportunities with fellow interns as well as their employers.

“This is about creating a new normal – about breaking the cycle of poverty that has sometimes existed in too many of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Breed. “Money should never be a barrier to your ability to succeed in life and that’s what this program is about.”

Other speakers, including Renel Brooks-Moon, the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants, shared stories from their first internships and why they feel Opportunities for All is an important program.

“You never know where your first job or first internship is gonna take you,” said Brooks-Moon. “I am living proof that your first job or your first internship can lead to a successful career.”

Annabel Chang, the Bay Area Vice President of Alaska Airlines, said that Opportunities for All is about developing your experience, perfecting your professionalism, learning how to be a good employee, and how to be a good boss one day. “It’s extraordinary the opportunities that can come from that very, very first job.”

Opportunities for All has created 2,000 new internships for young people in San Francisco, making for a total of just over 4,000 internships at employers across the City ranging from non-profits and City departments to businesses in finance and tech.

You can watch the full event on Mayor Breed’s YouTube channel:

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