The Young Women’s Freedom Center is a Leadership and Advocacy organization focussed on building the personal and collective power of cis and trans young women and gender non conforming folks that have been incarcerated and experienced life on the streets.  YWFC creates opportunities for the young folks to find their voice,  build their power,  gain skills and opportunities, and to transform the conditions that keep them trapped in cycles of violence, poverty, and incarceration.

The Youth Community Organizer position is one of the most important positions at YWFC.  As a Community Organizer, you will work directly with other youth in San Francisco that have been locked up,  been involved with systems such as foster care, and that have the least opportunities to succeed. Your work will be supporting them to navigate out of the system, to figure out what they are passionate about and support them in reaching personal goals, and to use their experiences and expertise to engage in Community Organizing work so that together we can stop the criminalization and incarceration of poor young women and girls of color in San Francisco.

Example of Duties:

  • Conduct community outreach in neighborhoods with the highest rates of arrest, detention, and incarceration of girls in San Francisco.
  • Build relationships with young folks getting released from detention, on the streets, and in the neighborhoods with the highest rates of incarceration of youth
  • Provide peer-based support, connection to services,  opportunities to grow and learn,  and assistance in navigating systems such as court, educational opportunities, etc.
  • Support the development and implementation of YWFC’s organizing and advocacy campaigns including;  strategy sessions,  meetings,  research,  phone banking, direct actions, etc.
  • Attend Community organizing meetings,  board of supervisors meetings, coalition meetings, legislative hearings, etc. representing the work of YWFC and the voice of system involved young women and girls
  • Facilitate/ co-facilitate Freedom Circles, community-based training,  Parenting Classes,  staff development training, etc. as instructed by your supervisor

The ideal candidate is:

  • Very familiar with the issues of women and girls who have experienced the juvenile or criminal justice system, foster care, and/or the underground street economy
  • Knows how to get around San Francisco (especially Bayview/Hunters Point, Visiticion Valley/Sunnydale, Mission/Excelsior
  • Able to travel to various neighborhoods and communities via public transportation and on foot
  • Very comfortable working with and talking to young women and TGNC folks ages 14-24

Important Details

  • Applications are due December 7, 2018
  • Position is a one year commitment


We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.

Kandy "K.I." Ifopo


I am a leader who isn’t afraid to be themselves. A Samoan, gender non-conforming, beautiful human being who is so fly. A proud warrior who steps up to lead at the frontlines for our young people to our elders. A San Francisco native, born and raised in the heart of Bayview Hunters Point. 3rd generation incarceration and 2nd generation born stateside, I have been organizing since the age of 14. I am a member of the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership and a student at City College of San Francisco majoring in LGBTQ stuides and Critical Pacific Islander studies. I am dedicated to fighting for freedom for equality of all people. But my first priority is breaking cycles of violence and centering healing for our people!

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