On December 9, CONNECT2Careers (C2C) hit its goal of providing 1,000 employment opportunities to San Diego County young adults in 2016. This represents more than doubling job placements from 2015. This achievement was made possible with the help of numerous committed partners across the region.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s One San Diego 100 initiative provided the local leadership needed to get businesses excited about hiring young people. With the support of the County of San Diego’s Community Action Partnership, C2C was able to operate two cohorts of the School Break Externship program. The United Way of San Diego County and partners of the California Career Pathways Trust initiative (CPPT) allowed for collaboration with local education leaders to connect San Diego’s high school and community college students to internship opportunities. Additional funding for C2C came from the San Diego City Council, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego County Office of Education.
Employers, including IDW Publishing, Manpower Staffing/San Diego, Northrup Grumman, Qualcomm, Red Door Interactive, RISE San Diego, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Sharp Healthcare, Starbucks and many more, opened their doors to hire young people throughout the year.
In addition, this goal could not have been met without community partners who hosted trainings and referred young adults to the program:
- Barrio Logan College Institute
- Blue Heart Foundation
- Charter School of San Diego
- City of San Diego Mentorship Program
- Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
- Grossmont Union High School District
- Housing on Merit
- Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
- Momentum Learning Schools
- Nativity Prep Academy
- Ocean Discovery Institute
- Oceanside Unified School District
- San Diego Community College District
- San Diego Housing Commission
- San Diego Job Corps
- San Diego Unified School District
- SiaTech High School
- Sweetwater Union High School District
- The Meadows Apartment Homes
- WIT (Whatever It Takes)
- Writerz Blok
- Youth Campaigns
In collaboration with the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act-funded partners, who provide comprehensive employment and wrap-around services, the impact on youth employment in San Diego County was further expanded.
Lastly, these results would not have been attainable without the efforts of C2C’s internal team. In 2016:
- Peer job coaches sent and received almost 60,000 text messages to over 3,000 of their peers
- Business services representatives reached out to nearly 1,400 employers
- Training specialists taught just under 4,500 young people
Great strides were made for youth employment in San Diego County this year. The C2C team is now looking forward to setting — and reaching — even more aspirational goals in 2017.