Summer Jobs

YEP offers job readiness training and summer employment to at-risk youth and young adults in Oakland. Our pre-employment training includes financial literacy, communication and conflict management skills, as well as comprehensive support services to address additional needs. Our employment case managers work closely with our youth and their work site supervisors to provide feedback and guidance, ensuring a meaningful and productive work experience.

Working for the summer keeps our youth and young adults off the streets and out of danger. It exposes them to new role models and mentors and invites them to reimagine their future.

Fill out our summer job application here.

After-School Jobs

YEP continually runs job readiness training, including financial literacy, communication and conflict management skills, as well as comprehensive support services to address additional needs. After completing this training, youth choose an after-school job and are supported by a YEP counselor to ensure both their work and school is meaningful and productive.

Additionally, YEP has just developed a supplemental program for youth who are court-involved and have fallen behind in their schoolwork as a consequence. This innovative credit-recovery program allows youth to receive credit through both tutoring at our training headquarters and Oakland Unified School District’s APEX program. To date, 4 youth have passed 6 CAHSEEs (California High School Exit Examination) while gaining valuable job readiness training and work experience.

Credit Recovery

In January 2015, YEP developed a supplemental program for youth who are court-involved and have fallen behind in their schoolwork as a consequence. This innovative credit-recovery program allows youth to receive credit through both tutoring at our training headquarters and Oakland Unified School District’s APEX program. Within the first 5 months of this program, 4 youth passed 6 CAHSEEs (California High School Exit Examination) while gaining valuable job readiness training and work experience.

Team Oakland

Since 1993, YEP has recruited, trained, and provided summer traineeships to over 2,600 Oakland youth in often first-time jobs to clean and green the City through the Team Oakland program, administered by Oakland Public Works (OPW). Every summer, Oakland teens and young adults gain practical job training experience and engage with their community and environment through participation in City cleanups, park maintenance, habitat restoration, community outreach, and trainings on work skills, life skills and environmental topics.

If you are a participant interested in learning more, you can see our program overview here. If you’d like to apply, please fill out our online application.