As the job market becomes more and more competitive, help your teenager navigate the difficult and winding road by joining Enterprise for High School Students (EHSS). Since 1969, EHSS’s mission has been to arm Bay Area high school students with the learning, experience and confidence necessary to make decisions about college and career opportunities.
EHSS offers educational workshops, one of the largest job banks in the area exclusively for high school students, job shadowing, internships, and college and career counseling. In order to participate, you must be a San Francisco high school student aged 14 to 18 or enrolled in a GED program. EHSS requires that you complete at least one of their two programs:
- Pathways: 10-week job readiness program that includes job-readiness workshops, practice interviews, application for jobs in the job bank, skill-building workshops, a Career Compass workshop, a Looking Ahead workshop, and employment portfolio review. (Available to students 14-18 years of age or enrolled in a GED program with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Sessions run in September, January and May.)
- This Way Ahead: 14-week job-readiness and career exploration program sponsored by Gap, Inc. that includes workshops run by staff as well as Gap and Old Navy managers on filling out applications, creating resumes, applying for jobs and interviewing both one-on-one and in a group. Program also provides customer service training and techniques for learning to deal with customers, co-workers and managers as well as a chance to see the inner workings of the Old Navy flagship store.
The program requires an application (due November-December), interview and acceptance. Once accepted, students receive a $50 stipend every 2 weeks, a monthly Muni pass, interviews for internships at Gap and Old Navy (50% acceptance rate), weekly check-ins with a job counselor, monthly intern meetings, work as a sales associate at Gap or Old Navy and possible long-term employment opportunities at the Gap or Old Navy. (Available to high school students 16 to 18 years old.)
Once students have completed one of the above programs, they are eligible to apply for jobs in the job bank as well as apply for three paid EHSS summer employment programs:
- Career Exploration Program: 7-week summer internship program that lets students explore any of 35 nationally-recognized careers through partnership with local businesses and organizations. A stipend is awarded at the end of the program. (Program runs from mid-June through July and is available to students who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. Competitive screening process includes a detailed application, letter of recommendation, resume and interview.)
- Junior Caddie Program: Provides work at the Olympic Club golf course on summer weekends where students will learn about golf, course maintenance, and golf etiquette. (Available to all students in 9th to 12th grades; students who have completed their junior or senior year may apply for the David Rawson Memorial Scholarship, which grants $1,000 to $4,000 annually.)
- Summer Gardening Program: Students interested in environmental stewardship will learn gardening, teamwork skills, and endure a physical challenge. (Program runs from mid-June through July and is available to students in the 9th to 12th grades.)
Also available once students complete one of the two mandatory programs are additional college preparation workshops and the chance to try different career options. EHSS offers SAT preparation, help with college essays and applications as well as guidance in completing financial aid forms. All workshops are free and open to all EHSS members.
Face the new school year fully armed with a plan to make a plan.
For more information or to become a member of EHSS, call (415) 392-7600 ext. 1.
Enterprise for High School Students
200 Pine Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 392-7600 ext. 1