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Community Impact

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It’s simple: JVS works. Our programs match California residents with skills, resources, and jobs. Together, we can transform the world of work so that individuals, employers, and communities can thrive.

Everyone Deserves Access to Quality Jobs and Economic Mobility

Because of systemic racism and inequalities in education, housing, healthcare, and childcare, people in disinvested communities don’t always have access to the same resources that more advantaged jobseekers do. 

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Those seeking opportunity need access to the right mix of skills, resources, and opportunities required to build thriving-wage careers.

JVS answers that call through:

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Average annual salary 5 years after completing a JVS program compared to 1 year prior

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Strong partnerships with California employers

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JVS jobseekers identify as Black, Latine, AANPHI, or people of color

JVS Works

JVS is a valuable resource for jobseekers in our communities. We believe in the potential of every individual, regardless of their background, and are committed to helping them achieve their goals. Our services are free of charge and are designed to build the skills and confidence of jobseekers from all walks of life. Our expertise lies in industries where we have established strong partnerships and in-depth knowledge, such as healthcare, skilled trades, and technology.

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Alumni Spotlight: Diego

Through JVS, Diego, landed a paid internship at the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), one of our close employer partners, which eventually led to a full-time position as a skilled machinist.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kali

Kali always loved technology, but never thought it would become his full-time career until he learned about the JVS IT Support Program. Previously working as a security guard, he applied and was accepted into the program, which teaches both soft and technical skills through online programming twice a week.

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Alumni Spotlight: Hiromi

Hiromi enrolled in JVS’s Foundations in Dental Assisting training program and connected with Young Dental San Francisco as part of the program’s internship offering. Now, Hiromi works full time as a Dental Assistant and is building a new career that she loves.

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Policy for Systemic Change

JVS advocates for policy changes that create a more equitable and inclusive California.


Through our policy work, we address systemic barriers, promote economic justice, and advance the rights and opportunities of historically disinvested communities. Together, we can make it possible for all jobseekers to achieve lasting economic mobility.

By building coalitions and amplifying worker voices, we will dismantle the barriers that hinder access to employment and career opportunities across the entire state.

Learn about our policy and advocacy work

2023 Impact Report

Read our 2023 Impact Report, and you’ll see that JVS has made a tremendous impact for the many people who complete our training programs. Working graduates are earning an average of 126% more in annual wages four years after participating in a JVS program, compared to one year prior.

2023 Impact Report

Envision – Our Annual Event

JVS’s Annual Event Honoring Job Seeker Accomplishments

Every year at our annual event, we come together to celebrate the community leaders, supporters, job seekers, and alumni who collaborate to forge new pathways to prosperity, equity, and opportunity in California.

Envision: The Future of Work took place on April 10, 2024 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

If you missed the event or want to see the program again, you can relive the magic of Envision 2024 by watching the video playlist on our YouTube channel.

Supporting High School & Transition-Aged Young People

At JVS, we believe in the potential of young people to thrive when equipped with the blend of education, employment opportunities, and support.

Ways to Give

Join us in making a profound impact and help shape a future where everyone has access to the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams.