A job during high school can put a young person on the path to a fulfilling future. Multiple research studies show that:

  • Young people who work during high school are more responsible and have better time and financial management skills.
  • A job in high school has a positive impact on future earnings and occupational status.
  • There is a strong link between working during high school and attaining a job right after graduation.
  • Low income youth who work a moderate amount while in high school are 50% more likely to graduate high school.

“I have always been extremely grateful for Enterprise and visited often to get various jobs to help live a better life during my high school years. I worked all through high school which prepared me to pay my way through college.”

-Donna Bland, President and CEO Golden 1 Credit Union
Enterprise participant 1980-1984

Job Skills

Future Prospects
*Source: Long term impacts study by Natalia Van Doren, U.C. Berkeley, July 2015
Click to download the reports:
Pathways Report Survey Analysis, 8/27/15
TWA Report Survey Analysis, 8/10/15

Former Executive Director, Tony DiStefano, talks about Enterprise for Youth and the impact its had over the years on our thousands of alumni.