In 1991, we became The Youth Employment Partnership, Inc., and have been strategically expanding our reach and our operations since then.
As we grew, we shaped all of our programs to include a living classroom component, in addition to the proven work + education model for workforce training. YEP has had tremendous success operationalizing dynamic businesses into new training opportunities for Oakland youth and young adults. Through these living classrooms our youth and young adults have:
- Participated in the largest deconstruction project to date, at the Oakland Naval Supply Center, using a small portion of the 1.3 million board feet of lumber to construct the flooring in our training headquarters. After the project ended, over 75% of our young adults received permanent jobs in the private sector.
- Performed a down-to-the-studs renovation and rebuild of over 50 homes to sell to local families at below-market value.
- Worked their first job, a paid summer internship, at one of over 200 local businesses and 100 local non-profits. Our summer internships have teen participants working in schools, restaurants, salons, barber shops, auto body shops, animal rescue shelters, museums and more throughout the city.