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It's nearly summertime, which reminds me of my first summer job. I spent two summers in the soybean and corn fields of Iowa. We worked long hours, walked countless miles and picked stubborn weeds. As glamorous as it sounds, it helped shape who I am today. I came to appreciate the value of hard work, the value of my earnings, and what I could and couldn't afford. Summer jobs can be life-changing.


Today's youth are faced with new challenges. Youth unemployment is rising. Most find it very difficult to land a job at all. A recent study by The Brookings Institution ranked the San Diego region #79 of 100 large metropolitan areas for youth employment -- a ranking we need to change.


This is why our summer youth employment programs, CONNECT2Careers and Life Sciences Summer Institute, are so important. They provide young adults with invaluable opportunities to check out career options, learn important work-readiness skills and bring home a paycheck. To many these earnings mean more than another Xbox game -- they mean the family can pay one more bill.


This is our call to action. We have more than 1,000 motivated young adults who are ready to work. Provide the opportunity to learn, grow and be on a positive path. Give us a call. Let's create our future workforce together. 


Peter Callstrom



Peter Callstrom

President & CEO

SDWP News & Notes

More than 900 San Diego youth have applied to take part in the C2C 2014 summer employment program. An initiative of SDWP, C2C connects youth to meaningful paid work experiences. Staff is now focusing on matching applicants with open positions offered by 50+ employers. Read on.

Last month more than 300 workforce professionals joined SDWP at the California Workforce Association annual conference in San Diego to share best practices for developing an educated and skilled workforce. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer kicked off the event. Read on.

SDWP CEO Peter Callstrom was named co-chair of the Communications Task Force for The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council, which works with mayors' representatives to influence Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor in directing employment and training funds. Read on.

CEO Peter Callstrom was invited to the STEP Central 2014 STEPWork Conference in Orlando. The event brought together leaders from the education and workforce worlds to address science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Read on.

To mark our anniversary, we're sharing some SDWP facts -- this month highlighting our network of career centers. Did you know that the East County Career Center was the first career development center, opening its doors in 1977? The latest addition -- the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Career Center in the San Diego Central Library -- opened in September 2013. There are 10 additional career centers that are a part of the America's Job Center of California here in San Diego.
Partner Profile: REBOOT

For veterans, a key component of the transition from military to civilian life is finding employment. The San Diego-based National Veterans Transition Services Inc. developed REBOOT Workshops to help military personnel navigate this transition. Read on.

Board Member Profiles: Policy Board & WIB

Ron Roberts is a San Diego County Supervisor, representing District 4. He is also the chair of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Policy Board. SDWP spoke with Supervisor Roberts about our region's workforce challenges, the San Pasqual Academy, his first job and more. Read on.

Louis Song is the CEO and managing partner of PROVEN Inc. He is also a member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Workforce Investment Board. SDWP spoke with Song about his interests in employment issues and why he wanted to give back to the community. Read on.

Success Stories: ADA & ECCC

Eddie suffers from a learning disability that makes it difficult for him to stay focused. ADA gave him the opportunity to enhance his skills through enrollment in its Career$mart Program Microsoft Specialist Training. In addition to gaining Microsoft Office skills, he learned about financial literacy and work readiness. Read on.

Southland Envelope contacted the East County Economic Development Council needing eight envelope machine operators. The ECEDC connected them to the East County Career Center, which helped Southland Envelope recruit employees and secure more than $30,000 of on-the-job training funds. Read on.


Labor Market News
The SDWP Research team examines the March 2014 unemployment data, which is still above pre-recession rates. They also offer a closer look at the data for the civilian labor force, employed individuals and unemployed individuals from March 2004 to March 2014. Read on.

SDWP is proud to announce that David Graham, vice president of IT, is a finalist in the 2014 San Diego Magazine Top Tech Exec Awards, which honor outstanding IT executives in San Diego. The awards will be presented on May 15 at The Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Read on.

The Pacific Center for Workforce Innovation event features Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair, who will speak about his book Job Won! and explain what impresses HR managers. The June 10 event will be held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Read on.

On June 5, the University of San Diego will host the second-annual State of Nonprofits Summit, offering new research and workshops to further expand knowledge of the nonprofit sector in San Diego. The event will be at Mother Rosalie Hill Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read on.

Qualcomm is inviting San Diegans to the Qualcomm facilities on May 28 for a screening of the movie "Lone Survivor," a veterans' panel discussion and a reception where attendees can learn more about organizations and resources that benefit veterans and their families. Read on.

The BIO International Convention will be held June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations. The convention helps BIO grow the global biotech industry. Read on.

To honor outstanding leaders and their work to improve the San Diego/Northern Baja California region, LEAD San Diego is hosting the 12th Annual Visionary Awards on May 22 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Leaders to be honored at the event include Ron Fowler, Yolanda Walther-Meade, Judith Harris, Mel Katz, Katie Sullivan, J. Craig Ventor and Mary Lindenstein Walshok. Read on.

Community Partner News
The nonprofit think tank will unveil its annual QOL report on June 5 at SeaWorld. The report explores 13 indicators of the quality of life in the San Diego region. Topics include economic prosperity, energy, climate change, land use, water quality and more. Read on.

Major philanthropists and grant makers have formed a new alliance called Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego (FTEH SD) to invest in effective systems change with the goal of ending chronic homelessness throughout San Diego County. Read on. 

SDSU's Troops to Engineers SERVICE Program is working to combat high unemployment rates among veterans under 24 years old. Supported by industry partnerships and government collaborations, the program has placed 100% of its students into paid internships and new careers. Read on.


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