Berkeley nonprofit aims to reduce inequality through sustainable jobs

The CYES summer program focuses on empowerment through employment, training youth ages 15 to 22 to carry out free energy assessments in residential homes and outfitting them with energy- and water-saving accessories. The program – which began in 2000 as a summer activity for students at Berkeley High – now trains youth across six counties, employing them to outfit around 4,400 homes each year. Almost any home in the Bay Area can request a ‘Green House Call’.

The GETS program, established in 2009, is a 12-month pre-apprenticeship program that prepares adults for careers in construction, energy efficiency, and solar sectors. Currently, the program serves 80 participants a year through several small group cohorts. They’ve recently added an all-women cohort.

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