We work with community-based organizations, churches, youth services agencies, local police, the juvenile justice system and families to identify prospective youth who might benefit from the opportunity. Tri-CED specifically targets hard to employ, low-income young people in an effort to help families and our community to prevent youth violence through meaningful work experience that reinforces positive behavior and helps open new doors for young people in our community. Youth employees work as Customer Service representatives in the Buy Back Recycling Center; they help customers unload, sort and recycle their materials. Our youth employees gain basic knowledge of California Redemption Value (CRV) program and regulations, basic job readiness skills, teamwork and customer service.
Since our inception, while collaborating with the Cities of Union City, Fremont, Newark and Hayward, Hayward Adult School, we have partnered with organizations in Union City and elsewhere in the East Bay to identify and nurture youth who would be good candidates for Tri-CED’s programs. Current partners include:
Soulciety is an organization that, in its own words, “empowers youth through creativity, leadership and community service. We guide youth to water the seeds of talent that they are given, and we enjoy watching them grow. Plant seeds. Water them. Give them light. Watch them grow.” We work with Soulciety through funding from the SYEP/ASYEP (Highway to Work/Summer Youth Employment Program), targeting youth ages 15 to 19.
EBCS serves youth and family initiatives by creating opportunities for the well-being of underserved youth, low income families and neighborhoods. Funding for our work with EBCS comes from both the Highway to Work program and from WIB (Work Investment Board WIA Career Readiness Program & Career Pathways Pilot Program). This Highway to Work program funding targets youth 14 – 19 years old who are currently on CalWorks/CalLearn, foster or probation status. The Career Readiness program targets youth ages 16 – 21 who are not currently enrolled in school and current foster youth and homeless who are in school.
Our youth program has also received funding, in the past, from Cal-GRIP (California Gang Reduction, Intervention & Prevention), targeting youth age 15 and up.
Tri-CED is a designated job site for the Workforce Investment Board’s Summer Youth Employment Program. This program provides youth ages 15-18 years old with job opportunities during the summer and after school during the school year.
Tri-CED is a designated job site for the Workforce Investment Board’s Youth Employment Program. This program serves youth ages 16-21 years old with counseling, educational support, job development, and job training.