City Heights Coffee House to launch career development program for 30 inexperienced youth

City Heights Coffee House

City Heights Coffee House has announced plans to hire and train 30 young adults as part of a new pathway program geared towards career development.

The nonprofit coffee house, which sits between Highland and 45th on University Ave, will launch the eight-week pilot program in collaboration with the San Diego Workforce Partnership. After two months of training, including hands-on experience as well as retail and digital marketing courses, the newly trained youth will be eligible to obtain internships at businesses that match their personal interests.

As reported by KPBS, Coffee House co-founder Sterling Tran said the program fits the nonprofit's mission to hire youth who are struggling to find work and provide them with the development courses needed to begin their careers.

"I’m just excited to see them dream and figure out what they want to do and help them do that," Tran told KPBS. "It's exciting to see people proud of themselves and achieve things that they might not have thought were possible."

The participating youth will also receive a stipend while working and attending classes, as made possible through the San Diego Workforce Partnership's Career Launch Academy. Funding for the Academy's numerous programs comes from the Walmart Foundation and SDG&E.

The participants will be hired in two cohorts and receive a stipend while working and attending classes. Tran said she would not have been able to bring on the additional temporary employees without the grant provided by the career academy.