Connect2Careers (C2C) represents a partnership between the Workforce Partnership and funders who support innovative youth employment programming. Through each program, we work directly with young adults to develop and support their career goals through work-readiness training, case management, job coaching and paid work experiences. Studies show when youth engage in programs like C2C and are better prepared for employment early on, they are more likely to earn higher wages across their lifetime, which benefits not only the individual but helps to build a more prosperous economy across our region.
Why is C2C so important?
In San Diego county there are 38,000 opportunity youth—young adults ages 16–24 who are not working or in school. These young people account for 9.2% of the county’s youth population. And the youth disconnection rate is unevenly distributed among our young adults, impacting women and Black, Indigenous, and people of color at higher rates.
Most opportunity youth are high school graduates—the disconnection rate rises sharply as youth leave high school and struggle to find work or can afford higher education. This is a crucial inflection point in young adults’ lives and providing more support for the transition from high school to the job market, education or training is a key lever in reducing disconnection, supporting talent pipelines for employers and contributing to the overall health of our local economy.
C2C partners with the following funders on direct youth services:
- Bank of America Charitable Foundation
- City of San Diego
- County of San Diego
- Gap, Inc.
- The James Irvine Foundation
- San Diego Gas & Electric
- Vista Unified School District
- Workforce Partnership and the City of San Diego announce new youth workforce development system
- From Classroom to Coach
- Intern success shows what happens when C2C, employers and youth work together
- From Always Applying to Advocating
In the News
- Workforce Partnership To Prepare Young San Diegans For Jobs
- Hidden ally helped job seeker find work – ABC 10
- Career coach says it’s all about how you look for work in the Coronavirus economy – ABC 10
- City Heights Coffee House To Put 30 Youth On Career Pathway – KPBS
Opportunity Youth Research
- Race, Place and Opportunity: An Update on San Diego County’s Progress Toward Reducing Youth Disconnection (2020)
- Change is Coming: A report on San Diego’s progress on reducing youth disconnection (2019)
- Initiate! A report on San Diego’s progress reducing youth disconnection (2018)
- Flip the Script: San Diego’s Opportunity Youth (2017)
To learn more about our work serving young adults throughout San Diego county, please contact Shaina Gross at ShainaGross@workforce.org.