We believe in market-driven and cost-efficient strategies.
Social Enterprise Strategy
Our core program is an Alternative Staffing Agency that matches well-prepared workers with employers who are seeking to hire qualified workers. This meets private sector demand and drives revenue that helps sustain our programs.
We are organized in a “branch structure,” similar to for-profit staffing agencies. Branches can have a geographic focus or focus on specific youth types or schools. In each case, branches have 2-3 dedicated staff members focused on work readiness training and job placement. Each operates its own income statement and has discreet funding partners and objectives. The branches generate staffing revenues that cover over 50% of operating expenses. Cities, counties, social services agencies, schools, foundations, and philanthropists can fund branches to address specific geographic or demographic groups using this financial model.
We currently operate three branches:
The Opportunity Youth branch is based in San Jose at a foster youth managed facility known as “The HUB.” This branch primarily serves foster youth and other Opportunity Youth. It is our oldest branch and earns over 50% of required funding through the social enterprise. Our funding partners include foundations focused on foster youth and social services agencies.
Our South County branch, located in Morgan Hill, opened in 2014 and serves teens and young adults in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and San Martin. It is supported by Santa Clara County Measure A funding and the cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy.
We launched a new branch in August 2015 to support students at MetroED and Silicon Valley Career Technical Education center in San Jose. These teen and young adult students come from 37 different high schools in the area and from San Jose Job Corps. Every student is focused on a specific career technical education (CTE) class. We offer students work readiness training and job placement into paid internships and long-term jobs that align with their CTE coursework.
If you are interested in learning more about our three year plan to build sustainable staffing branches that connect youth with careers, please contact us.