Program description

We’re hiring young adults in the City of San Diego for paid training and mentorship opportunities with City of San Diego employees.

Mentees will participate in four weeks of part-time work-readiness training, after which they will be assessed for transit pass assistance and provided professional clothing through a partnership with the Gap Foundation. After training, mentees will join a City of San Diego employee for a 150-hour mentorship experience—typically over the course of 5-10 weeks.

All training and mentorship time will be paid by the Workforce Partnership. Wages start at $13/hour with an opportunity to increase to $14/hour after a midpoint evaluation during their work experience.

Currently recruiting for the February cohort

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To apply, you should be:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Live in the City of San Diego (residents of other cities in San Diego County are not eligible for the program)
  • Priority given to young adults who are not in school and not employed
  • Live in a household with an income level at or below the income listed in the table below
Household Size 
Annual Income Limits

Information Sessions

Candidates and their families are invited to attend monthly info sessions for more information and to complete the enrollment forms in-person (optional). This page will be updated when another info session is scheduled.

Enrollment Process

The application for City of San Diego Mentorships is currently open. We are recruiting for our next cohort in February of 2020. Eligible candidates will be contacted in the order they applied.

All program participants will be asked to complete a background check, but criminal backgrounds will not necessarily prevent you from participating in the program. Many of the internship opportunities available are open to individuals with certain criminal backgrounds.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Laura Felix at (619) 228-2939 or

This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.