May 8, 2009

2009 Hire-A-Youth Summer Employment Program

As part of the recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Department of Labor has allocated funds for summer work-readiness training and paid work experience for youth ages 14 to 24. The Hire-A-Youth Program will take place between May 1st and September 30th and will match youth and young adults with employment opportunities at local city, county, non-profit and businesses in areas such as service, technology, environmental preservation, medicine, recreation and more.

Below is contact information of organizations, by region, that will operate the summer Hire-A-Youth Programs:

Metro Region:

ACCESS – will provide services to youth from zip codes 92101, 92110, 92111, 92113, and 92123 including Kearny, Clairemont, Madison, Serra, and Henry high schools. For more information, please contact Jessica Zogaib at (858) 560-0871.

San Diego Futures Foundation – This program will provide placements in City Heights and surrounding areas. Internships are focused on assisting organizations with utilizing technology. For more information, please contact Tracie Umbreit at or (619) 269-1684 ext. 204.

San Diego Unified School District – This program will provide services at six high schools: Morse, Madison, San Diego, Hoover, Crawford, and Lincoln. The programs will align with each school’s career focus. For more information, please call the Hire-A-Youth Program at (858) 627-7366.

Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry – will provide opportunities in the Urban Green Program. For more information, please call (619) 285-5556.

Coalition of Neighborhood Councils – This program will provide placements in the following fields: Community Service; Construction Trades and Green Jobs; and Social and Entrepreneurial Ventures. For more information, please email

South County Region:

San Diego County Office of Education – Juvenile Court and Community Schools – this program will specifically work with youth in the San Diego South Region who are in the Foster Care system, homeless, on probation, parenting, or at other high risk.For more information, please contact Brittany Simpson at or (619) 233-2814.

Comprehensive Training Systems – will provide opportunities in the Medical, Maintenance, and Manufacturing fields. For more information, please call (619) 424-6650 or email

East County Region:

Grossmont Union High School District - will provide students with a summer work experience to utilize the occupation-specific skills they have learned in the classroom. For more information, please go to

Urban Corps – This program will place youth living in eligible East County zip codes in jobs focusing on environmental preservation. For more information, please contact Angel Gonzalez at (619) 235-6884, ext. 3119 or

North County Region:

Escondido Education Compact – This organization will develop a majority of opportunities in the Medical Services and Hospitality/Visitors Services industries. For more information please email or call (760) 839-4515.

YMCA – Youth will have the opportunity to work with YMCA’s Camping Services or Youth and Family Services in Oceanside, Encinitas, Escondido, Ranch Peñasquitos, or Julian. For more information, please contact Lyndsey Wilders at or (760) 746-1944

SER – This program will employ youth from North San Diego County including Camp Pendleton and local Rincon and Pala Native American Reservations in county and municipal opportunities. For more information, please call Melissa Sisco at (760) 754-6500.

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