Building a career superhighway for opportunity youth

2/3/20

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What if we reimagined our school system as a superhighway connecting career development pathways?

From high schooler to retail rock star

12/10/19

Youth shopping retail

This Way Ahead has helped many young adults get their foot into the retail world. A program of the San Diego Workforce Partnership supported by Gap Inc., This Way Ahead helps young adults ages 16–24 from low-income communities develop skills for a life-changing

Press release: Workforce Partnership Awarded Grant to Support Young Adults Entering Hospitality Jobs

11/25/19

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The Workforce Partnership has been chosen as a recipient of the Hyatt Thrive Community Grant. The funds awarded will be used to host three cohorts of the Career Launch Academy for opportunity youth and to develop a short video conveying the importance of hiring young adults from a business and talent development perspective.

From trauma to caregiver

10/22/19

Taylor with dog

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.

More than a gym: How the YMCA is shaping a healthy San Diego workforce

8/1/19

YMCA YFS graduate

Without opportunities to cultivate meaningful career-related relationships, young adults in these circumstances face barriers to employment and have limited opportunity to practice skills that will lead to long-term stability. A dedicated, holistic approach to building a career path for this population is key to ending cycles of poverty and disconnection.

Robotics wiz works as technician after completing engineering program

7/24/19

Abraham Soto

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.

Drone program encourages cinematography lover to pursue interests without fear

7/10/19

Jayden Logan

Jayden Logan graduated from Helix Charter High School and is currently a full-time student at Grossmont College studying photography and business marketing who’s passionate about cinematography: “I want to help people and capture special moments in their lives,” he says. 

San Diego’s first ever Career Crawl launches in North Park

6/14/19

Youth visit clothing boutique

This “job fair alternative” brought job seekers directly to employers with a self-guided walking tour. The event played to the uniqueness of North Park to help young adults engage with local business owners, learn about new industries, explore entrepreneurship and gain employment. There were 69 job seekers and 16 businesses who participated in the event.

This Way Ahead in second year of retail internships around San Diego County

4/22/19

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CONNECT2Career’s This Way Ahead program kicked off its second year on April 23 with a day-long training for more than 80 attendees interested in an internship in the retail sector.

From mentorship to friendship

12/6/18

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CONNECT2Careers team member Sophia Barber sat down for an interview with CONNECT2Careers City Mentorship Program mentee Emily Gonzalez and mentor Melissa Villalpando. Read on to see how the pair learned from each other throughout their mentorship experience.

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