A first job means so many things for a young person. But in East Palo Alto till now it's been pretty hard to get the chance that is often the first step towards adulthood. A lack of local jobs for youth is part of the problem but there are other barriers as well.
A brush with the legal system can already mark you for life. Being an immigrant and not speaking English really limit your options. Foster care, teen parenting and no high school diploma are some other barriers. And the big Catch 22: if you haven't had a job you can't get a job.
East Palo Altoâ€™s Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) tackles this problem head on, creating 100 jobs every summer for those most likely not to get a first chance to build a resume.
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(reprinted from www.epa.net)