BENEFITING: Southern California Youth Alliance
Opportunity Youth -- not in school or working -- deserve a chance to succeed in life. Without it, we know what happens to these young lives: despair, drugs, prison, death. With a chance for a true opportunity, the result is compellingly different. Southern California Youth Alliance (SCYA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to our disadvantage and at-risk youth.
Our Pre-Apprentice Program provides these youth who are interested in a career in construction the opportunity for a paid full-time training opportunity with an experienced, licensed general contractor on an actual construction site. This provides them the opportunity to learn the trades of construction, acquire free tools and safety equipment, gain on-the-job training experience, and earn certifications needed for a career in construction (OSHA 10, traffic control, CPR/first aid, forklift operating), all while getting paid fair wages! The main goal, of course, is to get these young people working in a career they enjoy, and put them in a position to succeed. Therefore, upon the conclusion of this 600-hour, 15-week program the students will have an option to join either a registered Apprenticeship Program or a full-time job with a local contractor.
The first round of our program started on December 5th, 2017, with 3 students. So far it has been a major success, but we need others to get involved. We are looking to raise money to fund the second round of our program, starting in mid-April, with 6 students. By partnering up with other non-profit organizations such as Second Chance, San Diego Continuing Education, and San Diego Workforce Partnership, we are able to provide wrap-around services and some of their wages, but we still need your help!