Commitment to Action

Using Digital Badges for Skills Gained in Youth Employment

Commitment by

Jewish Vocational Service

In 2013, JVS committed to incorporate digital badging into work-based learning and internship programs where academic, post-secondary, and employment skills help to close achievement gaps and increase access and equity for at-risk and low-income San Francisco youth. These digital badges will measure and demonstrate competency in a variety of 21st Century skills, such as timeliness, workplace communication skills, and customer service skills, acquired in internships and subsidized employment that are brokered through community-based organizations. JVS will identify skills to be developed in workplace-based internships and develop assessment tools and digital badges to assess, recognize, and reinforce workplace-based learning, in partnership with employers and supervisors. Ideally, employers might be more inclined to hire youth interns for a permanent position if they have earned a badge demonstrating work readiness.





Using Digital Badges for Skills Gained in Youth Employment



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Jewish Vocational Service

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Mozilla Foundation, City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Conservation Corps, Japanese Community Youth Council, Bay Area Video Coalition