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Nonprofit Overview

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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Edward Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enrolled in a pathways program offered at EHSS during my sophomore year and since then, I've put nearly every skill and ideal learned in their workshops to use when looking for jobs and careers today. Their workshops were extremely accommodating and were professionally taught in a concise matter, short and informative; important for a busy high schooler. But this organization offers more than just career-building workshops, throughout the year and in the summer, they provide internships for high schoolers to gain experience and pay in everyday jobs like gardening, caddying, and even working in hospitals. Along with that, EHSS has their own private job bank for high school members to look for part-time or full time jobs and for adults to post job listings for things they need help with. Overall, EHSS is an amazing program that truly extends their hands out to help high schoolers learn skills, gain experience, and earn pay, all at no cost.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am so glad I found and joined Enterprise for high school students. The program has helped me develop confidence in my skills and prepared me for a professional setting. I really needed that sort of experience, and with Enterprise, I feel safe to make my mistakes in front of the staff. For one, they are so friendly and supportive of what they do - I feel they are there to help. They point out strengths and tell you what you do well in practice interviews, as well as parts that need to be strengthened. Overall it's been a great experience. Thank you EHSS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Decent, need improvement, I've been a member for a few years now, Although I thank EHSS for helping me find a few on-spot jobs I feel some staff are not so friendly, for example the Summer Gardening coordinator, who's name I should not say interviewed applicants writing only "OK" as an answer while applicants responded to his questions with detail. I did not feel with ease as he gave a bored facial expression as he was interviewing me. Not only that but he even chewed gum while interviewing an applicant as my friend said. But overall its a great place for high school students fot job search.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE Enterprise for High School Students! They are awesome! I have been a member of Enterprise For High School Students since the 9th grade and now as a recent Ehss alumni I would like to say that I wish the program was still available to me. That’s how wonderful my experiences with Ehss have been! At Ehss I was able to get a numerous amount of jobs. Temporary, Spot, Ongoing, domestic, and commercial. You name it, Enterprise has got it. The staff is very friendly and always there when you need a helping hand. Need help with writing a resume? Want to find a job? Want to learn about college scholarships? For all this and much more Enterprise is the perfect place for you! If you are a San Francisco high school student you should definitely join Enterprise!

12

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found this non-profit organization to be the most beneficial program to exist throughout my life. The staff is full of caring and helping people that are willing to sit down with individual students and really give them a hand. They not only help you with college and careers, but can give you some helpful advice and that extra push as well. In my opinion, a kid could not possibly ask for more.