Hire Up was a job readiness course offered to youth and young adults who were homeless and formerly in foster care to help explore career opportunities, develop work habits, and secure employment.
Course participants learned job search and basic work skills, identified promising careers, and created a career development strategy. As part of the course, youth met weekly with the program’s employment coordinator to discuss entry-level opportunities in the individual’s field of interest. After job placement, Hire Up coordinators continued to support the former program member and provided support to the employer to ensure job retention after job placement. Youth also met monthly with a career mentor who offered guidance about career goals, current challenges, and other opportunities.
Hire Up was offered as daily three-hour sessions for three weeks. Participants were youth and young adults who were homeless, formerly in foster care, and participating in a transitional living program, Avenues to Independence. Hire Up was implemented in San Francisco, CA.