We prepare over 70 refugees and immigrants per year for successful jobs throughout San Diego County. Our dynamic, hands-on learning platform is an engaging way for English learners and youth to gain real-world work experience and confidence with American work culture.
Our adult graduates gain greater English speaking skills, social ease navigating American culture, and confidence in pursuing their dreams.
Our youth graduates gain teamwork and interpersonal skills that give them the inner-confidence to get a job, continue to college, and be a positive force in the community.
MAKE Projects has changed the lives of
161 Job Trainees
Our job trainees have represented over
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“They taught me how to cook, communicate, interview, and now I can become a chef. I'm now working with Urban Corps and getting my GED."
- Nicole Bonane, Culinary Trainee 2020
Who We Served in 2020
Sara, Kitchen Trainee
[MAKE Projects] helped me get a job in home care because I was able to practice my interview and the work looked good on my resume. And I learned how to work well with other people!
Elizabeth, Youth Trainee
It’s a safe place to be heard, and where everyone can learn about you and your culture. It brings and creates a special bond… We were first shy, but we instantly got comfortable and we talked to each other, even on the bus to/from home.
Jasmine, Kitchen Trainee
I went to school to become a nurse because of the English improvement I gained from [the culinary program]
“The experience [I had] at FarmWorks has helped me prepare in jobs and communication by practicing mock interviews. Though it is called FarmWorks, the internship experience expands onto job readiness training as well as assist in designing newsletters and magazines. I think the overall learning being taught is a helpful resource especially for high school students who have not worked before.”
- Tina Ngyuen, Youth FarmWorks 2020