Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS) is a work development agency that helps youth ages 14 to 18 find jobs and internships for career development. The mission of EHSS is to provide enterprising high school students with pre-work experience, information, and encouragement that will help them toward success in their adult working lives. EHSS provides a range of services allowing youth to proceed at their own pace and follow their own interests; youth employment services that involve adults as mentors; development of youth leadership skills; workforce development skills; workplace training; service learning opportunities within their communities; as well as programs that develop community and business links. Pathways is a 10-week job-readiness and career discovery program for youth ages 14 to 18 with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students can apply for jobs while still in the program. Participants have access to a members-only job bank designed for high school students, which includes one-time jobs and regular, part-time work. This Way Ahead is a rigorous 14-week job-readiness and career exploration program sponsored by Gap, Inc. It is designed for youth ages 16 to 18. Participants learn how to apply for jobs, fill out applications, create resumes, and practice interviewing one-on-one and with a group. In workshops, student gain customer service training from experts and have the opportunity to practice interacting with managers, co-workers, and customers. College and career counseling staff help students explore their interests and set goals. EHSS also offers help with exploring college options, college test preparation, applications, and financial aid.
Career Exploration Program is a seven-week summer internship program for high school juniors and seniors. Students are placed in internships in fields such as healthcare, non-profits, graphic design, architecture, law, engineering, business, social services, the arts, and web design. Besides earning SFUSD credits, interns receive a certificate of completion and a cash stipend for fulfilling all the requirements of the program.
Sign up for the Summer Gardening Program and work with gardening experts on beautifying McLaren Park, Buena Vista Park, or the San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Between May and July, the Junior Caddie Program recruits high school students to work as caddies at the Olympic Club Golf Course. Caddies work for $50 per 18-hole rounds on Fridays and weekends during the summer and weekends only during the school year. Caddies need to be on the course at 10:30am on Fridays and 7:30am on weekends. They are also paid $25 for each 3-hour wait period if they don’t get a round.
Work Ahead Program: Work Ahead is a city-wide job readiness and work based program for 100 high school youth who completed a minimum of 20 hours of Job Readiness workshops in a previous program. After completing a minimum of 8 hours in pre-employment workshops preparing them for success in their work or internship experience, youth will work in opportunities in various career fields, including those listed above, for a minimum of 85 hours. Youth will also meet individually with their job counselors for "check-ins" and transitional planning at the end of their work experience. Follow up will be conducted for 6 months after their work experience is completed.