"Getting a job is the key, the key that unlocks a whole lot of doors for the folks we serve."
- Year Up: Jobs for Young Adults -- Year Up’s one-year program works with young adults, ages 18-24, who are unemployed and not in school, and motivated to acquire additional training which includes communication and workplace skills needed in business. After training, students intern with a local company for six months. Year Up then helps them make the transition to new careers or school. In 2016 Supervisor Simitian championed a broader effort that enables the Year Up program model to scale to additional sites. As a result, Year Up now brings its Career Readiness Curriculum to places where students are already pursuing education towards a job. Learn more
- Older Adults Job Training and Counseling Program -- Because age-discrimination in the job market is real, and even highly qualified applicants need help transitioning or reentering the job market, Supervisor Simitian successfully pushed to establish an older adults job training and counseling program. Working with a trusted non-profit in the community, Peninsula Family Services, older adults attend workshops and one-on-one job counseling sessions, helping them reenter the workforce. The program is headquartered out of NOVA, the North County workforce development agency. Learn more
- Good Karma Bikes: Jobs Training for Disadvantaged Youth -- The Good Karma Bikes College Opportunity and Outreach Program works with former foster and other disadvantaged youth, ages 18-26. Young adults attend the two-year Good Karma program learning bicycle mechanics, customer service, sales and e-commerce skills before working part-time in the shop. While in college, they become peer-mentors to a new group of participants. In 2015, Supervisor Simitian led efforts to increase funding which allowed Good Karma Bikes to double the size of their small but effective program. Learn more
- Job Training and Placement for the Homeless -- More than 80% of the homeless in Santa Clara County are unemployed with little access to job-training, transportation and support. Understanding that job creation can lead the way to permanent housing, Supervisor Simitian encouraged a business outreach and development program through the nonprofit, Downtown Streets Team. Two parts make up the program: engaging the homeless in work projects that retool skills and work habits as needed; and, developing relationships with local employers to identify job-placement opportunities for trainees. Learn more