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Enterprise for High School Students
Last updated on May 28, 2017


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.

Enterprise for High School Students operates under a simple, yet vital mission: “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”.

To support our mission, EHSS provides a continuum of youth development/employment programs available to all 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). All programs are designed using the youth development framework and incorporate positive youth development characteristics.

Our two key initiatives are Pathways Career Ahead/Work Ahead and This Way Ahead, both year long programs. 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.

Upon completion, youth are supported for as long as they are in high school. Youth are supported by staff through phone calls, emails and individual follow-up meetings to ensure long and short term employment, educational and personal goals made in Pathways and TWA are on track.

Additionally to keep youth engaged with Enterprise post program and throughout high school, youth have access to year-round work-based learning opportunities such as jobs through our job bank, job shadows, informational interviews and career panels, skill-building workshops, and post-secondary education counseling.

EHSS Job Bank are jobs posted by private employers, small businesses, corporations and our community partners specifically designed for high school students. On a weekly basis, youth receive information about new job openings and tips to apply to those jobs. Additionally, youth can make appointments at any time to meet with a job counselor one-on-one. There are 50-70 jobs in the Job Bank at any time.

Job Shadows/Career Panels -Kaiser, Gap, Chevron, PG&E, BDO, Clear Channel, Univision Arizmendi, Carmichael Salon, Goodbyes, GlobalCollect hold half-day Job Shadows for our youth year round. Career panels are part of every Job Shadow.

Skill-building Workshops – support job skills needed for many of our job bank workshops posted by private employers and small businesses. Workshops include Event Assistance, Office Skills, and Computer Skills, Childcare, Customer Service, and Retail Clinic and are held quarterly keeping youth engaged with Enterprise.

Post-secondary Education Counseling - Monthly newsletters are sent out to youth, detailing college and scholarship deadlines. Workshops in personal statements, SAT preparation, and financial aid are also offered. Additionally, college tours are held throughout the year to local private and public universities. Youth also have year-round access to college and career counseling to assist students in educational and career choices. Non-college options are also explored (i.e., tours to cosmetology schools and fire departments).

This year marks 45 years of providing services to San Francisco’s high school students. Our broad array of programs serves as an example of our commitment to helping young people understand life’s challenges and responsibilities, and to developing the necessary skills they need to succeed as adults.

Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) began in 1969 as a totally volunteer driven organization, helping a handful of students find summer jobs. Forty-four years later, Enterprise is still in the business of helping teens find jobs, but has expanded its mission to include providing youth with the skills and opportunities to find and retain jobs, explore career opportunities through internships and job shadowing and most importantly, develop life skills crucial to their transition from high school to adult life, as succinctly put in our tagline, Enterprise for High School Students, “It’s More Than Just a Job”.

Today, Enterprise serves approximately 250-300 diverse San Francisco youth annually, operates the City’s largest unsubsidized job bank focused exclusively on job opportunities for high school students, employs a staff of 15, has a volunteer base of approximately 250 volunteers and a $1.3 million budget.
Over the past five years Enterprise has completed a strategic plan and is in the midst of another. Enterprise has revised our programs to serve fewer students in a deeper more comprehensive manner, reorganized staff, and honed our emphasis as a youth focused results oriented organization.
As a result, in 2009 Enterprise was selected by the Gap Foundation to launch their signature youth employment program, This Way Ahead, now in it’s fourth year. Subsequently, in 2013, Enterprise was awarded a three year grant ($400,000 each year from 2013-2016) from the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families to support our Pathways Career Ahead and Work Ahead programs.
In the past 4 years, Enterprise has also developed deep community partnerships with some of San Francisco’s major employers including Gap inc., Chevron, PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, and Turner Construction allowing us to deep meaningful work-based learning and internship experiences to our youth.

Contact person: Nancy Gots, Employee, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (415) 392-7600

 200 Pine Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Web Site: http://www.ehss.org


 EHSS is located in the heart of San Francisco's Financial District at the corner of Pine and Battery.
  Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Montgomery or Embarcadero Stations,
  Walk distance (in minutes): 3

Miscellaneous Information
Besides English, which languages are spoken at your agency?
Mandarin, Spanish
What is the minimum age for volunteers at your agency?
14 years old
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Last updated on May 28, 2017

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