Summer Work Program



“Elements services have prepared me for the future and getting ready for the real world.”

-Laufasa, Elements Student


Click here to learn about the Elements for Success Staff!

Elements for Success is an established school-to-career transition assistance program focused on developing academic, leadership, and vocational skills for JUHSD and Jefferson Adult Division GED students who have barriers to completing high school and retaining a job. Our purpose is to provide a variety of services where students can build a solid foundation of vocational skills, explore career interests and transition successfully to post-secondary educational opportunities.

    Young adults participate in a variety of services including:

    • Workshops on job searching, job retention, and career exploration
    • GED preparation classes and National Career Readiness certification
    • Annual Summer Employment Program
    • Money management workshops
    • Individual vocational counseling for high school seniors
    • Field trips focused on character development and exploring various work industries
    • Assistance with college and financial aid application
    • Support for successful job retention (uniform and transportation assistance)
    • Follow up services

    The Elements for Success program provides services that increase the social and economic mobility of each participant. The participants have significant barriers to their success including poor academic achievement, truancy, specific learning disabilities, teen pregnancy, or lack of family support.

    Staff enjoys getting to know each of our students and shares common values of other DCYHC staff such as integrity, openness, trust, accountability, fairness, humility, respect and collaboration. Each staff member is committed to educate and empower our youth to realize their potential and discover their own path to success.

Job Readiness Workshops

One of the key services Elements for Success offers during the academic school year, are Job Readiness workshops. The workshops are designed to improve the vocational skills of high school/GED students who have minimal work and job searching experience. Through role plays, classroom discussion, and various activities the following topics are covered: job application, resumes, interviewing, communication, career exploration, college options, team work, and other relevant topics.

Summer Employment Program

Elements was first created in 2002 with the beginning of our most popular program element: the Summer Employment Program. Since then, Elements for Success has provided local teens a chance to build a foundation of vocational skills

Each summer, 15-20 part time positions are created so, participants can work six to eight weeks during the months of June-August. The subsidized work experience program provided Daly City community based organizations and businesses an opportunity to work with a teen and teach them basic job skills.

    Past work sites include:
  • Site for Sore Eyes
  • City of Daly City Public Works Department.
  • Sizzler
  • Pho Garden
  • Hampton Inn
  • TJ Maxx
  • Westmoor High School


Our program serves northern San Mateo teens/young adults ages 16-24 who attend Jefferson Adult Division GED, Westmoor, or Jefferson high schools.  Participants must meet requirements set by the Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Please contact our office for eligibility requirements.