Are you looking to attain your High School Diploma / GED, enroll in a certification program, or are in search for employment support? 

TAY Works! On Track is a comprehensive employment and education program aimed at meeting the unique needs of young adults. TAY Works! offers a pathway to success in the workforce for youth experiencing homelessness or those at risk of losing housing. The program gives participants the opportunity to build skills, connections and professionalism through workshops, mentorship, work experience and one-on-one goal setting, all while receiving comprehensive supportive services and housing support. The program also offers educational support and introduces young adults to the world of work, builds confidence and develops job-readiness skills.

Choose one of four pathways: education, employment & experience, employment & training, or employment & education to utilize individualized services to best support your journey to becoming a self-sufficient, responsible and empowered young adult.

San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) TAY Works! also offers young adults the opportunity to take classes through UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies. You can select from four programs aligned with industry needs:

  • Business management
  • iOS programming
  • Front-end web development
  • Broadcast journalism

For more information or any questions, email or call (619) 319-WORK (9675).

Who It's For

  • Ages 18–24
  • Experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity
  • In school or out of school
  • Unemployed or underemployed

This program offers help:

  • Deciding what career is right for me
  • With starting school or a certificate program
  • Finding a temporary job or internship
  • Finding a long-term job
  • Learning new job skills

How to Apply

Complete the application to begin enrollment. It usually takes 10–15 minutes to complete. After submission, our team will contact you about next steps.

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Read about participants’ experiences with the program:

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From trauma to caregiver

An animal lover, Taylor wanted to become a veterinary assistant. Taylor found out at a job fair that MiraCosta College’s Technology Career Institute (TCI) offered a certificate-granting program in this field, and staff there and her GenerateHope case manager referred her to Interfaith Community Services’ Transitional Youth Academy (TYA), which funded the vet assistant program, paying for books, supplies and transportation.

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Robotics wiz works as technician after completing engineering program

With Workforce Partnership funds supporting the work of Interfaith Community Services’ Transitional Youth Academy, Abraham received funding to pay for his Engineering Technician training and received work-readiness training, resume development, job search support, money management and soft skills training.

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Destined to succeed

Liliana was born in the U.S. to immigrant parents who hoped to give her the best possible chance to have a brighter future. Due to financial instability and lack of resources, however, they were forced to return to the west-central state of Michoacán where she would live until she was 6 years old.