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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.

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