Our Purpose

In collaboration with local government and educational agencies, workforce boards, community-based organizations, employer associations, and private foundations, New Ways to Work prepares youth for the future. By clarifying key issues and opportunities, New Ways builds powerful partnerships to improve employment, education, and well-being outcomes for young adults.

New Ways to Work has spent the past three-and-a-half decades working with policy makers, local leaders and youth practitioners to improve their practice, and to define better ways to connect organizations and leverage resources to prepare youth and young adults for the future.

New Ways to Work can provide:

  • Program Assessment & Design
  • Program System Development
  • Research & Resource Development
  • Peer Professional Development Systems
  • Executive Level/Organizational Coaching & Training

New Ways to Work Past and Current Work, Initiatives, and Partnerships

Community Systems Building

New Ways is currently engaged in the Bay Area Transition Age Youth Workforce Initiative to increase the number of foster, probation and homeless youth in workforce services, and enhancing the CA Opportunity Youth Network (COYN) through grants from Walter S. Johnson Foundation and Tipping Point.

Career Development and Education Initiatives

New Ways is working with several community organizations, including Per Scholas, Year Up, and Bridges from School to Work to enhance and implement youth employment initiatives. Past work includes: Diploma Plus, and Communities , Schools for Career Success in California, and

Quality Work-based Learning Initiatives and Toolkit Development

New Ways has developed toolkits for the State of California School-to-Work Council, Kansas City Public Schools, The New York City Department of Education, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Department.

Youth Workforce Development Initiatives

New Ways is the founder of CA Youth Ecology Corps, and current partnerships include Amity Foundation, National Apartment Association – Education Institute, and Shakespeare LA. Past partnerships include The California Youth Council Institute. New Ways was the lead facilitator for several community initiatives including: Youth at the Crossroads, Foster Youth Transition to Employment, the Foster Youth Transition Action Team Initiative, Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities, the San Francisco Mayor’s Transitional Youth Task Force facilitation.


New Ways is led by Executive Direct or Robert Sainz who has a proven history of advocating for
vulnerable populations having recently concluded a 30-year public sector career. He is joined by a team of
experienced and highly qualified consultants.

Learn more about our commitment to creating the opportunities that youth and young adults deserve