The San Diego Saturation Work Initiative Model (SWIM) was a program for recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), who were required to participate in a series of activities designed to help them find work.
The sequence of required activities began with a two-week job search workshop, then three months of unpaid work experience (typically 20–30 hours per week) with concurrent biweekly job club sessions, and finally assessments to refer participants to outside education or training programs, if necessary. The program also provided referrals to community education and training programs. Part-time employment could substitute for some SWIM activities. Individuals were placed in SWIM if they were applying for or receiving AFDC benefits from participating AFDC offices and met criteria for required participation. Participation was required if the applicant was either a head of a two-parent household or a single head of household with children age 6 or older, unless the applicant was already employed at least 20 hours per week or was an undocumented parent of a U.S. citizen. SWIM was implemented in two AFDC offices in San Diego, CA.