Real Jobs & Relevant Training

New Door Ventures provides young people in San Francisco and Oakland a path towards economic mobility. New Door uses innovative and evidence-based youth development strategies in our 14 week employment program. Youth participate as a member of a cohort, consisting of 15 – 20 interns. Young people learn with each other during their internships and support their peers.

How it Works

Paid internships: Every young person has a paid internship at one of our Ally partner sites. Youth work 12 – 15 hours per week, taking on real responsibility, adding to the bottom line, and working alongside more experienced employees.

Case management: All youth receive individual support weekly from a highly trained case manager to accomplish their short and long term goals. These weekly check-ins help youth succeed in the program and connect them with resources to address needs such as mental health, housing and so forth.

Skill building training: Youth learn techniques and tips to ensure success at work and in life. Every youth receives over 50 total hours of training, on topics that include communicating clearly and positively; providing professional customer service; writing a high-quality resume; and managing time & tasks effectively.

Connections to Education and Transition Services: Employment Program participants have access to our GED and HiSet programming and connections with Transition Services to help youth with their career planning and next steps after internships.

Is the New Door Employment Program for me?

While the employment program offers various kinds of support for various needs, the program mainly specializes in helping youth who: 

  • Have less than 6 months of total on the job work experience or have not worked in a job for more than 6 months 
  • Have a desire to create or improve their resume and cover letter 
  • Do not have experience searching for a job or interviewing for a job 
  • Are seeking paid employment at the conclusion of internship program
  • Have a connection to housing for 3 or more months 
  • Are low income (On free & reduced lunch or on public assistance – Medical, EBT, SSI, Section 8) 

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Frequently Asked Questions

For Youth 

What is the main goal of NDV’s employment program? What do youth learn in NDV? 

The main goal of the New Door employment program is to help youth develop job skills, life skills, job experience, and job placement after completion of the program. Youth will learn hard skills such as creating a resume, cover letter, and applying for a job. Youth will also learn soft skills such as communication, time management, and interviewing for a job. 

What does case management look like? 

As part of our employment program, every youth is required to do one hour a week of one-one case management. Case management is different for all youth based on individual needs. Some examples of support including one on one help with a resume, cover letter, applying for jobs, money management, health & well-being, education support, and more. 

Does NDV support with transportation? 

Yes, New Door will provide a clipper card to support transportation costs to and from workshops, case management, and employer partners. 

Does NDV support virtual engagement? 

New Door does lend certain technology, such as laptop Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots once a youth is accepted into our program. Please make sure you inform us of the technology you need when you apply and in the intake process. You are responsible for and must return anything New Door lends you. New Door staff also supports youth with training and coaching to support engagement with technology. 

How much does a youth get paid for a job assignment through NDV? 

New Door pays at least San Francisco and East Bay minimum wage for a job assignment. 

Does NDV accept undocumented youth?  

New Door does not accept undocumented youth. Youth must have valid right-to-work documents such as a passport or social security card and government ID. 

Does NDV conduct background checks? 

Some of New Door’s employer partners require background checks. New Door staff and youth work closely together to identify when that is the case and how to best support youth with that process.

What’s the best way to get in touch with New Door staff? 

If you are interested in our program or have additional questions as a youth, the best way to get in touch is to contact


For Service Providers 

Does NDV accept youth on a first-come, first-serve basis? 

No, New Door does not accept youth on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Does NDV serve youth have the capacity to serve youth with currently undiagnosed/untreated mental health challenges? 

New Door has the capacity to serve young people with mental health diagnoses as long as support and treatment are underway and they have the ability to engage with the different components of the program model. 

Does NDV serve youth with learning differences? 

New Door uses multi-model teaching strategies to accommodate the various learning styles of youth. New Door can provide youth with more one to one support if neededas long as they have at least a 5th grade reading level.  

Does NDV serve youth who are currently unstably housed? 

Traditionally, youth with unstable housing struggle to complete our program (with the exception of virtual programming)New Door will serve youth with unstable housing as long as they have access to housing for the duration of the 3 monthplus program. 

If a youth already has a case manager, do they need to participate in case management? 

Yes, every youth is required to do one hour a week of case management even if they already have a prior or current case manager. New Door staff will coordinate with existing or prior case managers. 

Will NDV write recommendation letters for court? 

Yes, New Door staff members can and will write letters for court, if needed. 

What’s the best way to get in touch with New Door staff? 

If you are interested in our program or have additional questions as a service provider, the best way to get in touch is to contact