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SFMade: Offering High Schoolers An On-Ramp Into The Manufacturing Industry 

October 22, 2022

Based in San Francisco, SFMade advises, supports, and partners with local manufacturers who create quality jobs and career pathways for job seekers experiencing barriers to employment. Working towards a more vibrant, equitable, and resilient economy, SFMade offers a full service hub that connects community members to employment and training opportunities, provides local manufacturers with educational resources; and supports policymakers with strategies that increase opportunities for home-grown manufacturers, and their employees, to thrive.

For more than 9 years, JVS has partnered with SFMade to offer young people the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing industry, and connect them with career pathways in the sector. Through the partnership, SFMade has brought manufacturers into local high schools, helped young people gain on-the-job training through paid internships, and more.

In 2022, JVS joined SFMade as a partner on a new initiative: the Inside Manufacturing Advanced Manufacturing On-Ramp Program. Funded by the City of San Francisco’s Department of Youth and Family Services and Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the program deepens SFMade’s impact by offering more high school students from the San Francisco Unified School District the opportunity to launch quality careers in the manufacturing industry. Young people will be supported through career exposure opportunities, work-based learning, paid internships, and job placement support with additional training opportunities. In its first year, the program is expected to serve more than 50 high schoolers.