📣 Update 📣 

Progress Continues on 30-unit Supportive Housing Dormitory

Trainees in YEP's construction program are making phenomenal headway in the ongoing renovation of our new supportive housing facility. YEP purchased the large 1920s residential building across from our workforce training facility and onsite alternative high school in December 2020 and began total gut renovation shortly thereafter. The 30 single and double dorm rooms will be available to homeless young adults in Oakland as they obtain a high school diploma, gain hands-on work experience, and successfully transition into community college, union apprenticeships, and career-track employment.
Renovation is being carried out by youth in YEP’s construction training program and is on track for a completion date of October 1, 2022. Steady progress continues on the remaining work, which includes insulation and sheetrock, electrical and lighting, new carpentry and tile, and finally decor and furnishings.
📊 By the Numbers
  • 100% Completed Demolition of interior
  • 100% Completed Crawlspace excavation
  • 100% Completed Crawlspace seismic upgrades
  • 100% Completed New sewer lateral installation
  • 90% Completed Rough plumbing
  • 75% Completed Rough electrical
  • 75% Completed Rough framing
  • 75% Completed Dry rot repair
🎉 Summer so far...

YEP Summer Interns Get Their Hands Dirty
A YEP summer jobs participant re-pots a succulent at the native plant nursery
Our summer jobs program is in full swing! Over 280 Oakland youth completed their orientation and job readiness training, submitted all their work eligibility documents, and began their 100-hour summer internships. These internships have our teen participants working in schools, restaurants, salons, barber shops, auto body shops, animal rescue shelters, museums and more throughout the city.

One blossoming opportunity was at the Friends of Sausal Creek native plant nursery. At its greenhouses near Joaquin Miller Park, the FoSC nursery propagates and plants species native to Oakland's Sausal Creek watershed and places them in areas that need replenishment. Interns sowed seeds and transplanted growing starters into bigger pots before digging in and mulching the soil.
Research Spotlight
YEP recently participated in a research study by the Urban Institute looking into how workforce training agencies benefit youth and young adults with experience in the criminal legal system. The Urban Institute is a well-regarded think tank dedicated to economic and social policy research, and its study surveyed 128 community-based workforce development programs from 41 states and Washington DC.

Among the findings, the study emphasized the importance of individualized, flexible, and culturally-responsive service models to best assist young people adjudicated for serious crimes in finding workforce success. You can read the report here.
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