WISE SV

EMPOWERING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
THROUGH ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

California has the 5th highest unemployment rate and the 4th highest youth unemployment rate in the nation. According to the IMF, a 3rd of the U.S. unemployment rate can be explained by the skills gap. On local levels, we have seen the striking scale of this gap and its effects. For example, many communities in San Mateo County suffer greatly from high unemployment rates of because of language and educational barriers. For instance, 37 percent of Menlo Park’s residents suffer from language barriers, and 34% have less than a high school degree. CALSO aims to address the unemployment issue in California by reducing the skills gaps with programs that provide educational and employment services to those in need. 

In 2015, CALSO and JobTrain launched WISE SV, a social enterprise providing long-term unemployed and underemployed people with on-the-job training in the restaurant and catering industry. Beyond a paycheck, WISE SV offers socio-professional support, such as assistance in job search and placement services, personal coaching, and career development. 85 people benefit annually from our yearlong program. Our aim is to bring people back to the job market with a job placement rate of 85%.

Imani

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“I loved learning about being a chef in terms of safety and health and how to avoid cross-contamination. I had two job offers when graduating but chose to join the social enterprise because I appreciated being in a supportive environment while I continue to learn.”

 

WISE SV

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