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Causes: Children & Youth, Employment, Job Training, Youth Development - Business, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I joined Enterprise for High School Students to fill something in for my summer. Little did I know, how wrong it was to just think about EHSS as a filler. Through my high school career, I have done so much at Enterprise and each minute of it, I was surrounded by kind people who truly wanted to help me and my peers. I have learned so much through the workshops and I have gained wonderful experiences and bonds through their CEP internships. I highly, highly recommend this program to any uncertain highschooler, and I genuinely believe that if I did not make the choice to join Enterprise, I would not have had the courage to apply (and get admitted to) the University of California schools.


Rating: 4

Enterprise for High School Students is one-of-a-kind. The staff there is amazing, they really connect with the students. They aren't just stuffy old adults that force you to come to lessons or tell you to do this or that. They're there to help. When i wanted to start working, to start earning a wage and to start gaining some experience in the work place, i didn't know where to start. It wasn't until i joined Enterprise for High School Students as a junior in high school that i fully understood the careful steps that i needed to take if i wanted a job. I started off reserved and not knowing how to apply or even look for a job to a fully-confident, experienced individual with skills that make me a force to be reckoned with when looking for a job. Amazing as Enterprise is, let me warn you: Nobody's going to hold your hand. There are plenty of people willing to go out of their way to help you accomplish whatever it is you need to do but you must make an effort yourself. You have to arrange times to go in for lessons, you have to arrange calls to employers, you have to decide interview dates, you have to speak and convince the employers yourself. Enterprise is not just a job bank, it's a place where life lessons are taught. You learn how to be independent.



Rating: 5

I became a member of Enterprise during my junior year in high school, and it was such a great experience! The workshop,the practice interviews were all really helpful, and all the people who work there are so motivated and committed to what they do. I got a job as a junior caddie at the Olympic Club, and that was one of the best oppurtunities I've had so far. Enterprise rocks!!



Rating: 4

EHSS is a great non profit organization that never stops helping us high school kids. I have been a member of EHSS for around 2 years now and I love it. Every week I get a email listing more jobs thats hiring. Even when I go to there office they always have more job info there. They always greet me and their website is so helpful to me. I so far got one job through EHSS. I know there is more to come. I LOVE EHSS!!!