Youth Programs

Training Our Future Workforce

SDWP funds work-readiness training programs for San Diego County youth ages 14–24. The goal is to prepare youth for high school graduation, post-secondary education and, ultimately, a career.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)-supported programs serve youth who are from low-income households, at risk of dropping out of school, or transitioning from foster care or justice system facilities. All programs include supportive services, individual service strategies, case management, educational services, work-readiness training, work preparation and work-based opportunities, and youth development services.

Additionally, SDWP administers two summer youth employment programs: CONNECT2Careers (C2C) and the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI). C2C provides meaningful work experiences that prepare young adults for a career. LSSI connects high school students and science teachers to San Diego’s life sciences industry.

2014–2015 Results:

  • 2,689 youth served
  • 2,579 youth registered for employment assistance through C2C
  • 884 placed in jobs and internships
  • 462 placed in education or job training