Pathways For Kids serves to empower San Francisco’s Underserved Inner City Youth by “Exposing” them to Opportunities through Motivational Programs at Business Locations, with an Emphasis on Future Employment choices and Starting a Business. We do this by bringing twenty or so of our Youth to Businesses. For example at Ritz Carlton, they hear from the Doorman, the General Manager, Housekeepers, Sales Managers, Maintenance People, Waiters, Chefs etc., all potential jobs. At Google, they learn how to start a business from an idea.
Founded in 1998 by local business leader, Peter Dwares and like-minded board members, Pathways’ vision is to prepare inner city kids for both higher education and a variety of career options by involving them in career exploration activities – in class, after class, in the workplace and one-on-one – tapping their imagination and motivation and inspiring them to explore their own paths. Through the ongoing recruitment of volunteer coaches, Pathways also advances philanthropy in our community as participants enjoy the opportunity to give back to the kids by sharing their own experiences.
To date, Pathways’ programs have served over 15,000 kids and we are significantly increasing our exposure every year.