Hope. That’s what Josh Fryday, California’s chief service officer who oversees the California Volunteers state office, envisions its $6.9 million grant made to the City of Sacramento will provide to 600 local youth from underserved communities through employment opportunities and career pathways in sustainable sectors.
Beginning in the summer of 2023 and running through May of 2024, apprenticeships and on-the-job training with community-based organizations and public agencies will focus on some of the world’s most pressing challenges including climate change, food insecurity and local COVID-19 recovery.
“When we work together … we can provide not just jobs, not just economic opportunity, but we can provide hope. Hope that we can solve these problems. Hope in the future. And hope that society can be better when we work together,” said Fryday in a press conference announcing the award in March.
The program, a #CaliforniansForAll Youth Job Corps California Volunteers initiative, aims to empower youth ages 16 to 30, prioritizing individuals from low-income communities, those who are unemployed, have been in foster care, or involved with the justice, mental health or substance abuse systems.