Employment and Career Opportunities

Help youth and adults gain the knowledge and ability to build careers

The Problem:

Working youth and adults are struggling

to make ends meet and often don’t have the time, energy, or resources to prepare for today’s increasingly competitive workforce.

The Solution:

From resume help and mock interviews

to job training and placement, we work with local government, businesses, and nonprofits to empower the community to build brighter futures.


As part of our two-generation approach, these one-stop centers—often located right on community school campuses—offer a variety of free services to help struggling parents, which in turn helps their children thrive in school. On college campuses, SparkPoint services help youth and young adults stay in school and get access to services that help them on a path to a successful career.

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Youth Employment Services

United Way helps youth and young adults stay in school, identify their interests, and find a path to well-paying jobs and internships through Business Pathways and Youth Workforce partnerships.

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Earn it! Save it! Keep it!

These free tax preparation centers ensure low- and moderate-income households get the refunds they deserve.

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

We advocate policies that support struggling families at all levels of government, including the important EITC.

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Creating impact where it matters most

34,000+ youth

aged 16-24 have been connected to work opportunities since 2012.

87% increase in semester-to-semester persistence rates

for students participating in SparkPoint Skyline College. This data point is a strong predictor of college completion.

80% of tax return refunds spent locally

and with over $80 million in refunds, that’s a significant boost to the Bay Area economy.

Our Other Focus Areas

Basic Needs & Homelessness Prevention Financial Stability