Youth Job Training Programs

Funded partners provide work readiness training to eligible San Diego County youth, ages 14-21. There is a wide variety of programs designed to prepare the youth in San Diego to be productive in the San Diego workforce. The programs range from summer internships to support for youth who have dropped out of high school, are at-risk of dropping out, or are transitioning from justice system camps and foster care facilities. See below for details.


CONNECT2Careers establishes a new approach to preparing our region’s future workforce by creating meaningful paid work experiences beyond the typical summer job.

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Life Sciences Summer Institute

The Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) connects high school students & science teachers to San Diego’s life sciences industry. Students apply to participate in summer-long paid research internships including a week-long training prior to the start of their internship. Students are mentored by a scientist, exposed to real-life science practices, and increase their scientific knowledge & experience.

Program Contact

Erika Arangure, Life Sciences Coordinator
619-228-2920, Erikaatworkforce [dot] org


Introductory Life Sciences Experience

The Introductory Life Sciences Experience (ILSE) is a two-week summer exploratory program developed to gain more student interest in the life sciences industry. Through hands-on laboratory training and industry experiences, students will have the opportunity to visit various research institutes and companies throughout San Diego. Students will acquire new work readiness skills while learning about the many career pathways within the life sciences industry. All participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of this program as well as a certificate of completion.

*ILSE is a WIA funded program. Applicants must be enrolled in a San Diego Workforce Partnership funded youth program in order to participate.

Program Contact:

Erika Arangure, Life Sciences Coordinator
Erikaatworkforce [dot] org


Foster Youth Program

Current, transitioning, and former foster youth receive work readiness training and support. 


Youth Program Partners

Access, Inc.
(858) 560-0871

  • Youth Empowerment Services Transition Network
  • Metro Region In-School /Out-of-School Youth Program
  • East County Out-of-School Youth Program

Grossmont Union High School District/East County Career Center
 (619) 590-3950

  • East County In-School Youth Program

South Bay Community Services
(619) 420-3620

  • South County Transitioning Youth Program
  • South County In-School/Out-of-School Youth Program

Turning the Hearts Center
(619) 691-9643

  • South County Out-of-School Youth Program
  • Youth Empowered to Lead Project

Escondido Education COMPACT
(760) 839-4515

  • North County Youth Career Network
  • North County In-School/Out-of-School Youth Program

San Diego County Office of Education/Juvenile Court and Community Schools

(619) 233.2814

  • Transitioning Youth N’ Motion
  • Metro Region In-School/Out-of-School Youth Program