Sponsored Employment Program (SEP)
Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) Celebrates 15th Anniversary
And what better way to kick off this anniversary year and honor the legacy of Dr. Faye McNair-Knox than a fundraiser featuring former and present staff and former Peer Mentors (pictured above) daring to run the 26 mile Los Angeles Marathon...whoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click here for more details. bit.ly/run-epa
SEP is a partnership-based youth summer jobs initiative that was established in 2005 to help EPA youth and young adult (YYA) residents, ages 14-24, find the jobs they want and need to stay productive in the summer, learn valuable employment skills, help support themselves and their families, and develop productive relationships with caring adults. One East Palo Alto (OEPA) then partnered with local agencies and residents to pilot SEP as a community-wide response to increasing crime and violence involving EPA youth and young adults (YYA). It did so as part of its role as convener of the East Palo Alto Crime Reduction Task Force (EPACRTF), which was established in 2004 by San Mateo County’s 4th District Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson and has continued to be co-led by her successor, Hon. Warren Slocum from 2013 to present. Since 2005, OEPA has collaborated with JobTrain, El Concilio of San Mateo County and College Track to implement annual SEP operations, while Live In Peace, joined the partnership in 2011 and Belle Haven Community Development Fund joined in 2017.
OEPA raises an annual budget of $350,000 for SEP operations and depends on philanthropic sources to generate the funds, over 67% of which goes toward paying salary stipends for up to 100 YYA and the 10 Peer Mentors who oversee their experience. The actual number of jobs offered through SEP depends on the success of OEPA-led efforts to raise the program’s annual budget, which is based on a cost per participant of $4,000.
SEP selects YYA residing in EPA and Belle Haven/eastern Menlo Park (EPA/EMP) as participants, provides them with intensive soft skills training, then places them for six weeks at work sites hosted by SEP Employer-Sponsors and supports them throughout the work experience with 1-on-1 relationships with SEP Peer Mentor college students and adult Community Mentors representing a variety of professions. SEP hires YYA in part-time positions at $14/hour for up to 180 hours. In addition, SEP hires EPA/EMP college students as Peer Mentors and pays them $18/hour for 270 hours. SEP prioritizes selection of YYA whose challenges include no work experience, juvenile justice system involvement, limited/no English language skills, foster care, teen parenting, no high school diploma/GED (over 18) and/or low income.
To date, SEP has provided summer jobs for nearly 1200 YYA and 52 EPA/EMP college students. The program's support services include recruitment and training materials and supplies, translations, fingerprinting, hospitality, insurance, payroll processing and a gala graduation celebration.
Now in its 15th year, SEP continues to offer a lifeline for EPA/EMP young people and their families and we hope that efforts in 2019 will draw an even broader base of diverse multi-year funders as well as a robust slate of donors who desire to embrace EPA and EMP YYA.
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