Enterprise for High School Students

Rating: 4.63 stars   16 reviews

Address:

200 Pine St Floor 6 San Francisco CA 94104 USA

Mission:

The mission of Enterprise is to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area youth to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests through: training, guidance and employment experiences in a diverse and supportive learning environment. EHSS envisions that all San Francisco Bay Area youth realize their potential, invest in their future and become successful and socially responsible members of society.

Results:

In the summer of 2015 we completed two separate long-term impact studies of our job-readiness training programs, Pathways and This Way Ahead. The results of both surveys were extremely strong with large majorities of respondents in each program noting significant improvements in their abilities to find and maintain employment and significant personal growth. Both programs launched in 2010 . Approximately 1300 program participants from the first five years (2010 through 2014) of program operations were contacted for the surveys. The surveys were conducted by five college interns (three from U. C. Berkeley; one from UC Davis and one from Loyola Marymount) under the leadership of U.C. Berkeley doctoral candidate Natalia Van Doren. The team contacted 284 past This Way Ahead Program participants, 73 of whom completed the This Way Ahead Survey and approximately 1000 past Pathways program participants, 198 of whom completed the Pathways Survey. Research reports documenting the methodology and full results are available. The respondents rated program impact on a five point scale in three broad areas (i. “Get A Job Skills” ii. “Keep A Job Skills” and iii. “Planning For The Future”). Improvement was deemed to be “significant” if a response was coded as a 4 or 5. The responses below are from the This Way Ahead Survey. Pathways responses were broadly comparable. GET A JOB SKILLS a. 89% of respondents reported a significant improvement in interview skills b. 91% reported a significant improvement in their ability to write a resume and cover letter c. 88% reported a significant improvement in their ability to complete an online job application d. 83% reported a significant improvement in understanding what job is best for them e. 91% reported a significant improvement in their ability to search for job opportunities KEEP A JOB SKILLS a. 87% reported a significant improvement in communication skills b. 87% reported a significant improvement in teamwork skills c. 86% reported a significant improvement in managing workplace conflict and adversity d. 87% reported a significant improvement in job-specific skills PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE a. 91% reported that they were strongly supported by their program mentors b. 86% reported a significant increase in their self confidence c. 86% reported a significant increase in awareness of career possibilities d. 86% reported a significant improvement in the formulation of their career plans e. 88% reported that they were strongly encouraged to pursue post-secondary education There were many, many wonderful quotes. These are a couple of our favorites: “I have learned how to work on teams, communicate with my superiors and ask for help. I learned how to create an impressive resume and get my foot in the door. I have learned how to be an effective interviewee and I have learned how to deal with conflicts and manage my stress.” “They taught me to work hard in order to be seen and accepted for any job, school o

Target demographics:

San Francisco high school students ages 14-18, (youth may attend a public, private or alternative high school, or be enrolled in a GED program).

Direct beneficiaries per year:

500

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco

Programs:

Our two key initiatives are Pathways Career Ahead/Work Ahead and This Way Ahead. Pathways Career Ahead/Work Ahead provides youth with an integrated approach to employment, consisting of job readiness training, skills development, college and career counseling, and work-based learning opportunities. This Way Ahead (TWA) is a collaborative project between Enterprise for High School Students, the Gap Foundation and Gap Inc. employee volunteers targeting San Francisco high school students with significant socio/economic barriers providing them with a comprehensive job-readiness training program and real world work experience while at the same time preparing youth for future career opportunities. After completing Pathways or TWA, youth have the opportunity to participate in one of the Enterprise summer employment programs. These work based learning opportunities include: the Career Exploration Program (CEP) offering the opportunity to “try on” a career through job shadowing and job assignments during a seven week summer internship; the Summer Gardening Program designed to gain valuable job skills while learning stewardship of the environment, the Junior Caddie Program, located at the Olympic Club, providing both meaningful work and leadership opportunities for youth; and the EHSS Youth Council, opportunities for youth to develop leadership, organizational and communication skills while incorporating the youth voice to better serve Enterprise’s mission.

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Reviews for Enterprise for High School Students

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I would never have gotten my first job at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco if it wasn't for Enterprise for High School Students. I've had the opportunity to witness what a great community Kaiser creates for its employees and clients. These job openings have changed my life for the better and gave me chances to succeed in places where I never would have access to if I wasn't in EHSS.

 
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I am a Latina living in San Francisco in a rough neighborhood. This program gave me the guidance that helped me gained job skills. I was able to get a retail job, and three internships. Which includes working UCSF at the age of 18. I was also able to introduce the congress women Jackie Speier. I take a lot of pride working there. This has given me a new gate way of opportunities.

 
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What a nonprofit, what a nonprofit, what a mighty good nonprofit! Enterprise for High School Students is amazing at inspiring students and preparing them for the working world. I joined during my sophomore year of high school, and got my first job as a mailing assistant soon after. I also was an intern for their Career Exploration Program, which was one of the most beneficial experiences in my life. The internship allowed me to build skills that other 17-year olds can’t obtain at that age from any other experience. For example, I became familiar with QuickBooks and reconciled bank statements. Where else can I learn these skills as a 17-year old? Nowhere! But Enterprise’s internship program allowed me to do just that. The student services staff and job counselors are very welcoming and helpful. The job bank includes a wide range of jobs, from long term commercial positions to spot jobs with residential employers. However, Enterprise not only provides for student’s employment needs, but also for student’s academic needs. For example, Enterprise offers SAT and college application workshops at no cost. Currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley, I recall my experience at Enterprise with much awe and admiration. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities Enterprise has provided me, from the skills that I learned as an intern to the confidence I gained in my abilities. Thank you so much! Every high school student should become a member of Enterprise!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

me! I wouldn't be as successful as I am today without Enterprise's help in my high school years.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun and engaging people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve its current programs, undertake new programs, outreach more, and open new locations around the city.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

 
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21 people found this review helpful

Enterprise for High School Students was a very helpful program. I became a member during my Freshman year of High school & now as a Junior, I'm still frequently visiting every now and then to get information about new jobs and college. The staff are proclaimed "Job Counselors" but I would call them "Miracle Workers." They really sit down and find out your strengths and skills, then help find the right job for you. They keep you up-to-date with new jobs by e-mailing you, so even when you're too busy to visit the office, you still receive that information. Everyone is friendly and ready to help. Besides the job bank they provide, which houses numerous amounts of jobs that include the contact information, they also have a College & Career counselor. Their summer programs-- Summer Gardening, Junior Caddie, & the Career Exploration Program give all students a chance to look at their work and take pride in what they did. The required 2 workshops before becoming a member teach a numerous of skills, including but not limited to- resume, phone, interview, approaching managers, handling problems at the work place, professionalism, etc. Enterprise for High School Students is a great place for students who are going through the school-work transition.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many, many ways. They have so much to offer if you put the time and effort into it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more students to get their friends to join Enterprise. Adults can perform outreach and try to get youth to join, but students who network with their friends usually get more results than adults.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Crew. You guys are so happy and energetic; I'm really excited you guys enjoy doing this because I enjoy being there! Thank you so much for the help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely kind & helpful. I know that everyone goes through something horrible at one point or another, and even though you guys may be going through that, you guys are always smiling and ready to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do so much more than it already does. There location could be changed to somewhere more accessible. Each summer program would be able to accept more students. It would help, a lot!

Ways to make it better...

The location of the office was somewhere more accessible. I find myself lazy at times and I've realized my friends who have just joined have trouble finding the place.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial problems that prevent Enterprise from reaching out to everyone and giving all youth an opportunity. The Career Exploration Program is a great paid internship in which only a handful of students may participate in because Enterprise doesn't have the funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Join as soon as possible. Make friends with the people who work there, because networking with them will get you places. Talk to them, be friendly, let them know what you're interested in, and they'll do your best to help you.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

 
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16 people found this review helpful

MOST BENEFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM IN SAN FRANCISCO! PERFECT FOR STUDENTS THAT NEED THEIR FIRST JOB EXPERIENCES. GREAT COUNCELING ADVISORS WITH LOTS OF EXPERIENCE HELPING KIDS.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

GREAT! THEY HELPED ME WITH A RESUME AND GET FIRST JOB EXPERRIENCE.

Ways to make it better...

i knew about this organization earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-8-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

Enterprise for High School Students is a good place. I have been a memeber for a few months. Based on my experience there ill have to say its great. The staff are nice and friendly. Everything is very simple and straight foward. I would recommend Enterprise for High School Students to anyone wanting to find a job.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. They help you find jobs and help you with college related things.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I woul;nt change anything. the organization is okay for now in my view.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed many things about this program. It helped me find a few jobs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff are really nice and friendly to everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could help even more youth find jobs.

Ways to make it better...

In my view I dont think anything needs to change.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I think the biggest challenge it faces is how to get more youth tio join the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Overall, this oranization is one of the best programs I have ever joined. I will never regret joining this organization.

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2008-8-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

I joined Enterprise about a month ago because I was looking for a looking for a specific type of office job, one that helps me with my major. I find Enterprise pretty useful because they have all sorts of job opportunities posted in their office. But because I am leaving for college in a few weeks, I did not apply for a job. However, I called in and asked for an appointment to help me write my resume and cover letter. They people there are nice and there was a staff member to assist me while I was writing my resume. The staff member actually called me half an hour before my appointment to make sure I was coming. Enterprise is definitely useful for high school students seeking specific jobs and don't know where to look.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and cheerful.

Ways to make it better...

there were more job openings

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2008-8-01

 
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