Education and workplace barriers for LGBT youth

June 6, 2019

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Too many LGBTQ young adults lack the most basic education and workplace protections. Safety, fair treatment and freedom to be oneself are not privileges in this countrybut basic human and civil rights.

A step to support Black students—African American Achievement Summit

June 5, 2019


On June 4, Mesa College hosted the 2nd African American Achievement which brought together 500+ students from all over the district. The day was a celebration of African American/Black identity and was emceed by motivational speaker Jordan Harrison.

Here are the major findings from new research on youth disconnection in San Diego County

March 29, 2019

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Maya Angelou once wrote, “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” About four years ago, youth development leaders in San Diego County learned a shocking statistic that there were 53,000 16–24-year-olds in the region that were neither working nor in school. From there, a fantasy turned into a vision, then a goal and a mission—to cut the rate and halve the gap of youth disconnection in San Diego by 2020.

What to expect at the 2019 Opportunity Summit

March 11, 2019

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It’s time to bring the OpportunitySD community together again for the 2019 Opportunity Summit!

Walmart Foundation and SDG&E help youth find opportunities in service sector

February 19, 2019

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The San Diego Workforce Partnership is spearheading an initiative to help opportunity youth in San Diego County find meaningful employment in the service sector. Service sector roles include anything that is customer-facing, such as hotel or restaurant positions. 

Say hello to the 2019 OpportunitySD Leadership Council

January 14, 2019

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As part of the OpportunitySD initiative focused on lowering youth disconnection rates in the region, the San Diego Workforce Partnership has hired ten young adults to share their experience and voice to raise the profile of youth issues in San Diego.

Hoops, hope and growing up in San Diego

September 11, 2018


Sports always made sense to me. Players and coach know the rules. Game starts. Referees call fouls, arbitrate. Playing field is level. Competitors lay their talents, preparation, strategy and teamwork on the table. Sweat. (Sometimes) blood. Winners. Losers. New opportunity to get better and compete the next day. Growing up where and how I did, I figured life was more or less similar. But I was wrong.

OpportunitySD webinar recap: The Leaky Education Pipeline

July 2, 2018


On May 29, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) held its second OpportunitySD webinar on the Leaky Education Pipeline. The webinar was part of a quarterly series on opportunity youth (sometimes called disconnected youth)—young adults ages 16-24 who are not in school and not working—in San Diego County and the barriers impacting their everyday lives.

Black youth disconnection data leads to first ever African American Achievement Summit

May 30, 2018

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Last year, the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) launched OpportunitySD, a movement to dramatically reduce the number of opportunity youth (young adults ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor working) in the region. In March of this year, SDWP’s opportunity youth research with Measure of America revealed that San Diego County had the largest Black-White disconnection disparity of any big city in the nation in 2016, the most recent year for which data are available.