OpportunitySD leadership council


Program Description 

The San Diego Workforce Partnership is hiring young adults in San Diego County for paid training and leadership development as part of OpportunitySD, an initiative focused on tackling the barriers preventing opportunity youth—young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither working nor in school—from getting connected to employment and education in San Diego County. 


If you are a young adult who is ready to use your experience and passion to make a change in our communities, please apply to join our OpportunitySD Youth Leadership Council. Councilmembers will advise our partners, develop leadership skills, advocate for public policies that would support young adults in the region and raise the profile of youth issues with the media. Councilmembers will also help to design and deliver our annual Opportunity Summit in April 2019. Youth leaders will represent the needs of opportunity youth from their geographic regions and will participate in 8 months of part-time employment with the San Diego WorkforPartnershiphip. We plan to select twelve councilmembers from across San Diego County. 



  • Monthly (2–3) hour meetings at San Diego Workforce Partnership office (MTS passes, and transportation help will be provided by SDWP). March and April, meetings will be bi-weekly—every two weeks—due to Opportunity Summit. 

  • Monthly or as needed check ins via phone or virtual conference call. 

  • 40–50 total hours from October through May, approx. 5 hours per month.  

  • Share personal experiences, policy recommendations and community action plans with the media, local elected officials and at the 2019 Opportunity Youth Summit through media interviews, public testimony, press conferences, and radio/TV appearances. 


To apply, you should:  

  • Be 18–24 years old.  

  • Preference will be given to current or former opportunity youth. (Opportunity youth are people ages 16—24 who are neither enrolled in school nor employed: they have a world of “opportunities” ahead of them.) 

  • Live in San Diego County