Employment Programs

2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 981-4970
Fax: (510) 981-4975
TDD: (510) 981-6903

Education, Employment Resources, and Training in the Community

Berkeley Adult School

1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-6130
day and evening classes

Age: 18 and older

Services: Adult Basic Ed; GED preperation and testing; HS Diploma; Vocational Training: Computer skills; Allied  Health; forklift, etc.; Workability II

Referral Process: open entry

Eligibility Requirements: 18 and older

Program Capacity: open

Language(s) Spoken: English

Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

1255 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 647-0719
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Age: 14 - 21

Services: Academic and career counseling, job placement; job training referrals and subsidies for training through WIA

Referral Process: walk-ins

Eligibility Requirements: Low-income; 21 years old and under; at-risk youth (i.e., first time offenders)

Program Capacity: 20 slots for 19 - 21 year-olds; open for those on probation

Language(s) Spoken: English

The Bread Project

Head Office:
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 644-4575

Age: 18 and older

Services: Job training in commercial food preparation and baking, life skills, job readiness

Referral Process: Walk-ins, BUSD and OUSD referrals, outreach to all CBOs serving low-income

Eligibility Requirements: open to all; scholarships available to low-income individuals

Language(s) Spoken: English

Inter-City Services

3269 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 655-3552
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Age: 18 and older

Services: Adult Basic Education; GED preperation; vocational training

Referral Process: walk-ins; One-Stop and other agency referrals

Eligibility Requirements: Berkeley residents; limited openings for non-Berkeley residents

Program Capacity: open based on slot availability

Language(s) Spoken: English but can assist with other languages as needed by partnering with other agencies

Multicultural Institute

1920 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 848-4075
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Age: 18 and older

Services: Day Laborer Job Placement Assistance; GED preparation in Spanish; Health Screening Treatment and Referrals; Leadership Training  Mentoring for Academic Success

Referral Process: walk-ins; agency referrals

Eligibility Requirements: open to all

Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish, and Vietnamese

California Youth Energy Services (YES)
Rising Sun Energy Center

1900 Addison Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 665-1501

Age: 18 and older

Services: Older youth hired to perform weatherization of eligible households; energy efficiency tools and techniques

Referral Process: Referrals from schools, courts, CBOs

Eligibility Requirements: Open to East Bay youth

Language(s) Spoken: English

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North Cities One Stop Career Center

1918 Bonita Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 809-1302

Age: 18 and older

Services: Pre-employment workshop, Career Center, Substance Abuse Services, Housing Case Management, Vocational Training, Job Placement and Retention Services

Referral Process: Referral from homeless provider, Department of Rehabilitation, Berkeley Mental Health

Eligibility Requirements: Homeless, disabled, mental health and other underrepresented populations

Language(s) Spoken: Spanish, English, and can assist with other languages

Berkeley City College

2050 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-2800
Monday - Friday: call for hours

Age: 18 and older

Services: Certificates and AA Degree programs; vocational and academic instruction; community outreach with student ambassadors

Referral Process: walk-ins and referrals

Eligibility Requirements: open to all

Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish, and Chinese

MLK Jr. Youth Services Center &
Young Adult Project (YAP)

1730 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 981-6670
Youth Services hours: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday: call staff for specific program schedules

Age: 5-25

Services: Tutoring; counseling; Community Outreach; youth and adult sports; youth leadership

Referral Process: Churches, schools, referrals from Alameda County, BPD, non-profits

Eligibility Requirements: South and West Berkeley priority

Language(s) Spoken: English

YouthWorks (City of Berkeley) 

2180 Milvia Street, 1st. Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-4970

Age: 14-25

Services: Summer and year-round employment in private and public sector; pre-apprenticeship training referrals; weekend work activities;

Referral Process: walk-ins, referrals from schools, courts, CBOs

Eligibility Requirements: Berkeley residents

Language(s) Spoken: English and Spanish