Population-Specific Interventions

Not every person needs the same support to get into and keep a high-quality job; a one-size-fits-all approach to workforce development simply does not work. Successful service delivery is about listening to the unique needs of each population and individual.

In addition to applying a human-centered approach to the services available at our career centers, we lead multiple initiatives and programs that are custom designed for the particular needs of individuals and families while working toward impact goals that can be felt (and seen in data) across entire populations.

There are many needs in the community. We are currently doubling down in the following areas:

Opportunity Youth

Guiding young adults ages 16–24 on a path to success through skill building, education, social capital and job-based experiences. Goal is to reduce the rate of disconnection in San Diego county, especially in those neighborhoods where the gap is the greatest.

Returning Citizens

Providing a second chance to youth and adults who have been previously involved with the justice system through employment as an intervention. Goal is to maintain recidivism levels at below 10% as a result of services provided.


Combining rapid rehousing and rapid employment to meet individuals in their time of crisis. Goal is to use the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support model—which incorporates employment goals as treatment for people with mental illness and other barriers to employment—to push participants one step closer to self-sufficiency and economic mobility.

Immigrants and Refugees

Helping skilled immigrants integrate into the San Diego community by rapidly gaining language skills so they can apply their experience to the workplace. Goal is to create proven pathways for credential conversion to eliminate brain waste and fill critical priority occupations.

Individuals with Disabilities

Weaving evidence based models, including Individual Placement and Support (supported employment), with integrated resource teams to provide wrap around services in job placement and retention. Goal is to increase economic opportunities for individuals with disabilities through collaboration working with businesses and support agencies throughout the region.

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By 2025…

100% of our programs are data-informed and include evaluation approaches tailored to the population being served

85% satisfaction score from customers across all of our programs when asked to confirm that we meet their unique needs

Workforce development is co-funded by at least 2 new social service agencies as an intervention (e.g. as a key component to accelerate immigrant integration)

$15M raised to support multi-year programs for priority populations (e.g. opportunity youth, immigrants, vets, justice-involved)

The amount of funding directly supporting participants (e.g. wages), as a % of grant total, is increased year over year across our programs