Moving Forward Together

JFS Youth Engagement

Find Your Voice and Be a Voice for Others

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Ready to step up and give back to your community? We’re empowering the next generation of leaders to create social change right here in San Diego.

At JFS, we believe that you can make a difference at any age. Get involved with JFS today to develop valuable leadership skills, learn how to effectively make change in your community, and build a network of like-minded leaders and change-makers. In addition, many students find that their work to create social change leads to service awards that strengthen their resumes and college applications. Scroll down to learn how you can get involved!

Get Involved Today!

If you’re a teen interested in volunteering or developing a project for a school club, reach out to see how you can get involved.

Email [email protected]
Call (858) 637-3042

At JFS We Believe Youth Have the Power to Change the World

Listen and Learn

Effective leadership starts by listening to the needs of your community. For more than a decade, JFS has served as a hub for San Diego youth to learn about the urgent issues affecting our city. From homelessness, hunger, and immigration to gender equity and LGBTQ+ rights, our knowledge and expertise as one of San Diego’s most impactful human service agencies provides top-notch opportunities for youth to dig deeper into the social issues they’re passionate about.


Serve the Community

Community is the home we build together. JFS volunteers and staff are committed to showing up for our San Diego family and supporting local causes that improve the collective wellbeing of our city. Every year, JFS youth volunteers dedicate hundreds of service hours to JFS and other local organizations that create a tangible impact in our community. Previous youth volunteers have earned Presidential Volunteer Service awards, the Peter Chortek Leadership award, and the Jack and Loraine Stern Volunteer of the Year award for their commitment to community service.


Speak Out

Change happens when we raise our collective voice. We want to help you develop the advocacy skills you need to communicate effectively both in-person and across digital platforms. Join us for advocacy projects that amplify your voice and ensure political leaders hear you loud and clear. Every year, we host several opportunities to hone these skills, including the Your Voice Youth Activism Conference, Hunger Action Day in Sacramento, and more.


Create Change

Never underestimate the power one person has to make a difference. JFS is dedicated to making a measurable difference in the San Diego community and equipping youth with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to change the world. We can help you develop your ideas with tailored outreach presentations, a wealth of community resources, and personalized support for individual or group projects so you can achieve your vision of changing San Diego for the better.

Ready to Get Involved?

We’re here to answer your questions and help you get started. If you’re a high school student interested in volunteering with JFS, developing a community project, or having us present to your school or youth group, email or call us today to learn more!

Email us at [email protected] or call us at (858) 637-3042.