Summer Jobs for Youth
Boosting Youth Employment while Supporting Small Business Customers
For this generation of California’s young people, landing a first job can be difficult. Recognizing this, we created the PG&E Summer Jobs program to connect underserved youth with their first career opportunity while supporting our small business customers and making local economies more vibrant.
Through the PG&E Summer Jobs program, we partner with local Boys & Girls Clubs chapters to provide youth, aged 15-18, with career education and job readiness training. Youth participants who successfully complete the six-week training program have the opportunity to apply and compete for six-week paid summer jobs at local nonprofit organizations and small or medium-sized businesses in their community. To date, we’ve provided training for nearly 1,000 youth and summer jobs for 274 youth.
Training Young People for Work and Matching Them with Jobs
While the Boys & Girls Clubs have long provided youth with career training, until recently the organization hadn’t been able to connect their young trainees to jobs. In 2012, PG&E partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County to pilot the Summer Jobs program which provided training for more than 200 and jobs for 55 youth during its first year.
Throughout the six-week employment period, the youth worked 25 hours per week, acquiring critical skills, interacting with customers and learning about professionalism. With the Fresno pilot a success, PG&E expanded the program to Bakersfield and Sacramento in 2013.
In 2013, 770 youth participated in career training, and 219 were selected for summer job placement at 84 local businesses.
In addition to their earnings, each young person – many from underserved households – received professional work attire, the opportunity to open a bank account, a stipend for transportation to and from work, and an invitation to an overnight retreat designed to inspire students about the value of higher education.
How to Sign Up
Interested youth ages 15-18 should contact their local Boys & Girls Clubs chapter at the information below.
Fresno County Chapters
- 540 N. Augusta
Fresno, CA 93701
Kern County Chapters
- 801 Niles Street
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Sacramento County Chapters
- 5212 Lemon Hill Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
Preparing Youth for Employment
Sacramento: PG&E Rewards Teens at Summer Jobs Graduation
They spent the summer working hard and gaining skills that could lead to future careers. Today (Aug. 14), 56 Sacramento-area teens who took part in PG&E’s Summer Jobs program were recognized for their dedication.
Teens Head to Work as PG&E’s Expanded Summer Jobs Program Kicks Off
Eilene Reynolds, 17 years old, is one of 58 Kern County teens who landed a paid summer job as one of PG&E’s 2013 Summer Jobs program participants, and she had a smile that showed just how thrilled she was her first day on the job.
PG&E Expands Summer Jobs Program, Brings Jobs to More Teens
Based on the success of the 2012 program in Fresno, PG&E tripled its commitment to the Summer Jobs program by expanding the partnership to include Boys & Girls Clubs in Bakersfield and Sacramento in 2013.