Grow Youth Opportunities

City Council Priority: Grow Youth Priorities

At the Council Goal Setting in March 2019, the Council expressed a desire to support avenues of growth for youth in our community, particularly within the City organization.  

Listed below are a number of the action items associated with this Tier 1 Council priority:

  • Provide City internships 
  • Participate in job fairs locally
  • Explore opportunities for mentorships and apprenticeships
  • Summer hires for local youth
  • Evaluate a City Corp program (working with at-risk youth)
  • Evaluate formation of a Youth Coalition
  • Bring “Government Day” to the schools
  • Foster City/School Partnerships


Update – July 2019: Public Works Provides Internships for Solano Community College Students

In July 2019, Public Works partnered with Solano Community College and executed a Site Agreement to provide internships to students in the automotive program. A student is paired with a staff member from the Fleet section and given guidance and instruction on how to do basic maintenance and repair on vehicles.

Update – August 2019: City Manager’s Office Coordinates Intern Program

In the summer of 2019, the City Manager’s Office worked with City departments to coordinate a successful 2019 Summer Intern Program for the City. Some interns continued or have been invited back.

Update – October 23, 2019: Public Works Explores Partnerships with Vallejo High School

On October 23, 2019, Public Works Engineering staff attended Vallejo High School Engineering Academy meetings to identify opportunities to partner with the students in the STEM program.  Public Works will be sending Engineers to participate in the VHS Engineering Academy events, celebrating National Engineers’ Week during the week of February 19, 2020. 

Update – October 2019: City Manager and Housing Division Explore Opportunities for Trade Education

In October 2019, the Housing Division and City Manager’s Office staff met with Building Industry Tech Academy (BITA) to explore opportunities for offering education in the trades in Vallejo.  BITA also presented to the Interagency Committee in November.  Next steps will include reaching out to the school district and Solano Community College to assess interest in the BITA program.

Update – November 2019: Police Dept. Modernizes Cadet Training Manual

In November 2019, the Police Department modernized the Cadet Program’s Training Manual to include topics such as mental health, officer wellness, and use-of-force. 

Update – Nov. 20, 2019: Vallejo School Will Have Platinum-Rated Earthquake Technology

The Mare Island Technology Academy will contain five classrooms build by iMod Structures, a company that recently build the first educational facility with a Platinum Earthquake Rating from the U.S. Resiliency Council. 

The Earthquake Building Rating System was created by the USRC to ensure that schools, hospitals, businesses, and other organizations receive reliable buildings that can withstand a traumatic earthquake event. iMod has already delivered 12 modules to a Southern California school district office. iMod uses steel moment frames and integrates high-tech heating and ventilation systems, panelized walls and audio-visual systems from other manufacturers to create their modules. The frame wall panel window system is designed to allow movement of two inches in any direction without breaking the windows.

A note from iMod Co-Founder Craig Severance:
“There is no question of whether or not there will be another major earthquake in California. Given that inevitability, schools and universities need to ask themselves whether they have adequately factored resiliency into their facility plans. ...We are thrilled that iMod Structures is leading the way in this initiative and not only actively advocating for safer schools for our state’s students, teachers and administrators but also for resilient classrooms that can return shortly to full operations after a major seismic event. Why allow an earthquake to interrupt our children’s education?”  

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Update – December 17, 2019: Community Development Applies for Housing Vouchers, Case Management Services for Residents in Need

On December 17, 2019, the Community Development & Housing Division partnered with Solano County Child Welfare and a non-profit to apply for housing vouchers and case management services for youth exiting foster care and families who lack adequate housing.

Update – January 7, 2020: Vallejo is 6th in Nation’s Top Paid Cities

A report from U.S News and World report ranked over 220 cities by the availability of high-paying jobs. Vallejo was ranked at #6 due to the presence of high-salaried positions like architects, firefighters, and speech-language pathologists. You can find more information about the study on here or on

Update – January 15, 2020: Vallejo Employment Development Department to Host 2020 Employment Extravaganza

A. 2020 Employment Extravaganza will take place on Jan. 24

The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1440 Marin St. in Vallejo. Vallejo is partnering with the Workforce Development Board of Solano County (WDB) to host this event.

B. Event connects candidates with potential employers

Job seekers can meet with over 12 employers and businesses to speak directly with hiring managers and complete job applications on site. An Employability Specialist will also be onsite to enroll attendees in training services. Employers in attendance will highlight open employment opportunities including nurses, CNA's, administrative assistants, advanced manufacturing trades, legal office internship, and more.

C. More details and contact information

Please contact Erica Shaw, Business Service Consultant, Workforce Development Board of Solano County (707.649.4713, or LaTanya Terrones, Project Analyst (707.649.5454, with any questions.

Update – January 2020: Police Dept. Hires Seven Cadets

Between July 2019 and the beginning of 2020, the Police Department hired seven cadets since bringing the total number of youth in the cadet program to nine.