Mission & Vision

Urban Services Youth Workforce Department is committed to helping youth overcome personal and professional barriers by providing them with skills that sufficiently prepare them for workplace success. We provide internship opportunities for high school age youth and pathways to sustainable employment for transitional age youth between the ages of 16-24. Youth Workforce offers three programs: 

The Empowerment to Employment program, or E2E, was conceived out of a desire to ensure that transitional age youth, are provided with the resources and opportunities required to reach their full potential. We are committed to helping youth overcome personal and professional barriers by providing them with skills that sufficiently prepare them for workplace success.

"Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person-especially those who don't have access to many resources and opportunities."
 ​- President Barack Obama

 

Roots of Success ROS

Roots of Success is an empowering educational program that prepares youth and young adults for environmental careers. ROS professional development training is taught over seven weeks and, upon successful completion of training, participants earn $400. Once done with training, participants are connected to both jobs within and outside of the green economy.  Click “About ROS” on the menu above for information on how to join our next cohort! 

 

About ROS
Join ROS and receive college credit when applicable, and a Certificate of Completion nationally recognized by over 127 Green Industry employers!

STEP 1: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • ROS participants receive professional development training twice a week, for seven weeks, prior to job placement assistance.
  • Training focuses on environmental literacy as well as developing essential skills needed to be successful in the workplace.
  • Participants receive a $400 stipend after completing their seven weeks of training.
  • Participants will receive Muni and/or BART transportation assistance throughout professional development training.

STEP 2: JOB PLACEMENT

  • Participants will receive hands on assistance in securing a job following successful completion of training. 

POST JOB PLACEMENT SUPPORT

ROS staff will provide participants with connections to jobs within, and outside of, the YMCA network, as well as letters of recommendations and professional references. 
Additionally, resume, cover letter, and job application assistance will be available to all participants applying to jobs within and outside of the YMCA network.

SUMMER COHORT

  • Summer Cohort Training begins July 9, 2018.  Please complete interest form and an ROS representative will contact you with more details.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING ROS?

As an ROS participant, you will receive seven weeks of professional development training as well as continuous support throughout the program. Upon completing seven weeks of training, you will receive a $400 stipend.

WHAT ARE THE ROS AGE REQUIREMENTS? 

  • Ages 16-24 
     

WILL ROS STAFF ASSIST ME WITH FINDING EMPLOYMENT?

Once you complete training, ROS staff will help you secure a job within or outside of our vast network of employment partners. 
 

WHAT KIND OF JOBS CAN ROS SET ME UP WITH?

  • Administrative Support (with or without a “green” focus”) 
  • Construction and Trades
  • Hospitality
  • A variety of green industry jobs

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT CAN ROS OFFER ME?

  • Transportation assistance during your seven-week training program
  • Assistance Obtaining a California ID or Driver's License
  • Assistance Obtaining Professional Clothing
  • Referrals to Food Assistance Programs
  • Referrals to Housing Assistance Programs

 

Empowerment to Employment E2E

E2E's mission is to create viable pathways to sustainable employment for transitional age youth between the ages of 18-24. E2E provides six weeks of paid, comprehensive professional development and skills training, followed by employment placement for a minimum of 300 hours. Participants are guaranteed up to 25 work hours per week at a rate of $15 an hour.  As an E2E participant, you will receive six weeks of professional development training as well as continuous support throughout the program. Upon completing six weeks of training, you will receive a $400 stipend.
 

Am I guaranteed a job once I finish six weeks of training and how much will I earn?

  • Yes! Within one month of completing training, you will be placed at a job site for a minimum of three months. You will earn $15 per hour.

How many hours per week can I work?

  • Participants will work up to 25 hours per week. Your schedule will be determined by your employer and could be made flexible to accommodate your college class schedule. 

What kind of jobs can E2E set me up with?

  • Nonprofit Support 
  • Construction and Trades
  • After School and Social Services Support 
  • Hospitality

What kind of support can E2E offer me?

  • E2E offers the following support:
  • Mandatory professional support check-ins once a week for the first six weeks of your employment placement
  • Transportation assistance during your six-week training program and the first two weeks of your job placement
  • Assistance Obtaining a California ID or Driver's License
  • Assistance Obtaining Professional Clothing
  • Referrals to Food Assistance Programs
  • Referrals to Housing Assistance Programs

What happens when my employment placement ends?

  • E2E staff will work with you to help you secure new employment. E2E can provide:
  • Connections to jobs within the YMCA network
  • E2E staff support via letters of recommendation and professional references
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Assistance applying to jobs outside of the YMCA network

About E2E

Join us at Empowerment to Employment to gain skills and experience that will land you a job. Our goal is to create pathways to enduring & sustainable employment. 

STEP 1: Professional Development

  • E2E participants receive professional development training twice a week, for six weeks, prior to job placement.
  • Training focuses on developing the essential skills participants will need to be successful in the workplace.
  • Participants receive a $400 stipend after completing their four weeks of training.
  • Participants will receive Muni and/or BART transportation assistance throughout professional training and through their 2nd week of job placement.

STEP 2: Job Placement

  • Participants will be placed at a job site for a minimum of three months after completing professional training.
  • Participants will earn $15 per hour and work up to 25 hours per week at their given job site.

Post Job Placement Support

After a minimum of 3 months of employment, E2E staff will work with participants to secure permanent employment. E2E will provide participants with connections to jobs within, and outside of, the YMCA network, as well as letters of recommendations and professional references.

Additionally, resume, cover letter, and job application assistance will be available to all participants applying to jobs within and outside of the YMCA network.

Connect with our OMI Excelsior Beacon Center

Roadmap to Readiness R2R

In cooperation with June Jordan School for Equity, the youth work force department offers an internship program for juniors that counts toward high school credit and culminates in paid experiential learning at the OMIE Beacon Center. Once students have completed half a semester of in class professional preparation, they are invited to complete an apprenticeship in one of the following disciplines:

  •  Screen printing
  • Music production

  • Photography

  • 3D printing  

  • After school support with James Denman middle school students 

Students receive a stipend of $400 at the end of their apprenticeship. They are invited back the following semester as interns with the objective of teaching incoming apprentices how to perform their new role.

Spring Cohort 

Summer Cohort Training begins June 18, 2018.  Please complete interest form and an E2E representative will contact you with more details.

Interest Form

Employer Portal

Click here to access the E2E Employer Portal.

People 

Jennifer Salerno

As the Director of Urban Services Youth Workforce Development, Jennifer is focused on providing transitional age youth with the tools required to obtain and retain sustainable employment. 

Kalen Cornelious

Kalen is the Employment Specialist at Empowerment to Employment (E2E). Inspired by positive mentors and advisors growing up, she’s committed to providing that same support and mentorship to others. 

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