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.
The staffing model also facilitates our high school foster youth STEM internship program. This program is for younger foster youth and doesn’t fill immediate employer hiring needs. Employers seeking to offer foster youth with professional work experience like the convenience of our staffing model as it makes it simple and cost-effective to work with minors without bringing them directly on the employer payroll.
We serve Santa Clara County youth from two locations.
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.