Taller San Jose (TSJ) walks marginalized youth (ages 18-28) out of poverty through job training and support services that offer the hope of a productive and self-reliant future. TSJ strives to create systemic change for troubled young people in Orange County by providing them with the skills and services that they need to find and keep employment with a living wage and health benefits.
TSJ offers paid training programs for:
Office Careers: trains and certifies students in Microsoft Word and Excel and prepares graduates for employment as administrative assistants, receptionists and data entry specialists in local companies.
- Medical Careers: trains youth as both administrative and clinical medical assistants. Classes include basic computer and the use of Electronic Medical Record. Upon completion of the job-training program, MCA students participate in 4-week externships at local clinics.
- Construction: focuses on fundamentals, including: safety awareness and training, industry-related math proficiency, construction theory, adherence to attendance policies, mentoring, job coaching, and leadership development. Once students learn concepts in the classroom, they move to the lab for hands-on training, including framing, roofing, dry-wall installation, electrical and plumbing, and ultimately build a home from the ground up.
Taller San Jose’s social enterprise, Hope Builders, is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured general contractor that builds affordable housing and performs subcontracting work. Additionally Hope Builders employs graduates of Taller San Jose’s construction training program.
REDF’s work with Taller San Jose
REDF will assist Taller San Jose to significantly grow Hope Builders’ enterprise revenue, capacity, and employment opportunities for at-risk young adults working at the enterprise. REDF will also help Hope Builders optimize its mix of transitional and permanent employment opportunities and connect young people working at the enterprise to more support services that will foster a pathway out of poverty.