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Our Job Readiness Program 

Phase 1


Attend FREE job readiness trainings to get "Job Ready" for MAKE Projects. Pass a simple MAKE Projects job application and interview.

Phase 2

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Get real-world, paid work experience as a Youth or Adult Trainee.
($16.85 per hour plus tips)

Phase 3

We help you apply for a permanent job after 10 weeks (youth) or 12 weeks (adult) working at MAKE Projects.

Come to an Orientation to learn more about being an Adult Trainee.

We are located at 2920 University Avenue, San Diego 92104

Orientations are held weekly:

  • Thursday 3:00-3:30 pm

  • Friday 10:00-10:30 am

  • Saturday 10:00-10:30 am


  • Adults: Available to work in the mornings on Wednesday through Sunday and in the evenings on Thursdays and Fridays. Schedule will vary throughout the 12 weeks. Maximum 14 hours a week.

  • Youth: Available to work Thursday through Sunday 

  • Refugee or immigrant background (you or your parents)

  • Commitment to getting a job in the U.S.

  • U.S. work authorization for adults and valid work permit for youth enrolled in school 

  • ​CalFresh/EBT-enrolled families are prioritized (we will help you enroll!)

  • At least 16 years old and enrolled in school

ADULT Trainee

  • 12 weeks

  • 160 hours of paid work experience

  • 2 weeks working on the Farm

  • 2 weeks of Basic Culinary and Food Safety Skills

  • 8 weeks of Intermediate Culinary Skills working in our restaurant

  • 1 hour each week of English Coaching and Employment Services to prepare for your next job 

  • Build your English speaking skills and confidence

YOUTH Trainee

  • 10 weeks

  • 100 hours of paid work experience

  • 2 weeks job readiness and front of house (FOH) training 

  • 8 weeks of work experience in the MAKE Projects Restaurant 

  • Focus on transferable soft skills such as time management, communication, team work and growth mindset

  • Build your social and work skills

  • Job Placement and Career Development Services for all program graduates

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