History

Tony DiStefano, Gladys Thacher
Enterprise youth with Tony DiStefano and our founder, Gladys Thatcher.

Enterprise for Youth, previously known as Enterprise for High School Students, was founded in 1969 by Gladys Thacher, a non-profit visionary and champion of young people.

Enterprise has evolved from helping a handful of students find summer jobs into an integrated group of programs that combine job-readiness training with career exploration and experiential learning. Thousands of youth, from almost every public and private high school in San Francisco, have learned the skills and values essential to workplace success at Enterprise.