The Oakland Private Industry Council, in partnership with the Alameda County Social Services Agency and Probation Department, has provided a Summer and Afterschool Youth Employment Program (SASYEP) to the community over the past two years.

SASYEP, known as the Highway to Work Program (H2W), serves youth and young adults ages 14-19 in North County and Central/East Oakland that are engaged with the juvenile justice and social service systems (i.e. probation, foster care, CalWorks, Cal Learn).  The mission of H2W is to support youth and young adults as they continue to pursue their education and gain meaningful work experience. Program participants earn a subsidized wage in the amount of $10/hr and attend weekly work readiness workshops. The program also has built in education/work retention bonuses ranging from $25-$150.

If you have questions regarding our Highway to Work program, please contact: Carla Liggins, Program Manager (510) 768-4424

We have four partner agencies that support our program participants. Please contact one of the agencies listed below to ENROLL a youth or young adult into our program:

Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. – Breaking Through Barriers Department

(Serving Young Adults ages 18-19)

1212 Broadway, 2nd Floor Oakland, CA 94612

Contact: Glenn Bell (510) 768-4448 or Olugbemiga Oluwole Sr. (510) 768-4443

Berkeley Youth Alternatives

1255 Allston Way Berkeley, CA  94702

Contact: Jamee Harris (510) 845-9010 ext. 224


3528 Foothill Blvd.  Oakland, CA 9601

Contact: Andrea Guzman (510) 535-2525

Spanish Speaking Citizen’s Foundation

1470 Fruitvale Avenue Oakland, CA  94601

Contact: Nancy Melero (510) 261-7839