San Francisco, CA—The Southeast Community Facility Commission (SECFC) and Supervisor Shamann Walton will host the second annual Futures Fair, a gathering that will introduce local youth to a wide range of career exposure opportunities within the public and private sectors of San Francisco.
The daylong event, which will feature a networking session, interactive informational workshops and a facilitated discussion with a panel of career professionals from throughout San Francisco, will take place Thursday, August 1 at the SECF site at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. The SECF is owned by the city and operated and maintained by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
(SFPUC) for the benefit of the Bayview Hunters Point community.
“We see every moment to teach and guide our next generation of San Francisco leaders as an opportunity to strengthen the future of our City,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “With programs like the Futures Fair, our young residents can receive career exposure and resources necessary to move San Francisco forward in a positive direction.”
The fair’s theme this year is “Flourish” and is designed to provide a meaningful and fun experience through workshops that will cover financial literacy, social-emotional intelligence, network building, and resources for those interested in skilled labor careers. Participants will also have an opportunity to eat lunch with a career panel and learn from professionals in a variety of different industries such as city government, construction, nonprofit and tech. Supervisor Walton will provide remarks and greetings to the youth and local author Steve Bacon will act as the keynote speaker for the event.
“I’m excited for the Futures Fair so that our young people can connect to potential pathways and explore options of what they want to do for their careers,” said Supervisor Walton. “We need to have more exposure like this for our young people.”
“The Futures Fair is really about planting seeds and then giving the youth of community some direction on how to nurture their dreams so that their lives can reach their full potential,” said SECF Executive Director Emily Rogers-Pharr. “Our workshops go beyond just finding a job. We look at life holistically. A great career also requires good interpersonal skills and self-awareness.”
The SECF and its adjacent greenhouses were constructed in partnership with the Bayview-Hunters Point community to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of the SFPUC’s Southeast Treatment Plant's expansion in the 1970s and 1980s.
The facility is overseen by is a seven-member, mayoral-appointed leadership body, which provides guidance to the SFPUC and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors regarding strategic, financial and capital improvements at the site.
After an extensive engagement process
, the community expressed a preference to build a new SECF at 1550 Evans Avenue, owned by the SFPUC. The new center will include a large, state-of-the-art special events space and multi-purpose space for meetings, events and recreation, such as dance classes and day care services. The center will also provide a range of social services supporting workforce development and education for Southeast residents of all ages.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.