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Mayor Steinberg’s Thousand Strong Initiative Begins Training Students

Provides 40 hours of training for interns at no cost to employers

Sacramento, Calif -This week, the first cohort of Thousand Strong interns began extensive work skills training with Community Based Organizations throughout Sacramento. Over the next three weeks, hundreds of students will receive 40 hours of training ranging from work readiness, financial literacy and civic engagement.

“This week marks the beginning of our city delivering on the promise that our kids will be first in line for the jobs serving as the bedrock of Sacramento’s 21st century economy,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This is only the first step in reshaping the number of diverse opportunities offered to students from our neighborhoods.”

Thousand Strong matches students with businesses for a year-round, paid internship and then readies those interns for success on the job. Unlike most high school internship programs, Thousand Strong provides 40 hours of workplace skills training at no cost to the employer, before a student begins their internship. The workplace skills training will be provided by local community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, La Familia, Goodwill Industries and Asian Resources. By hiring an intern, businesses will ensure that the future labor pool will be skilled and experienced, benefiting both Sacramento businesses and communities. Below is a schedule of organizations training students for interested media:

Week 1, June 5 – June 9

Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

Week 2, June 12 – June 17

Roberts Family Development Center Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce

Week 3, June 19 – 23

Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

La Familia

Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA)

Roberts Family Development Center

Since announcing Thousand Strong, over a thousand students have signed up to participate. The initiative currently engages 34 schools stretching across five school districts. Currently, over 60 employers are being on boarded, a bulk of which have signed up to employ 5-30 Thousand Strong interns. Employers include EA Capital Games, Regional Transit, Sacramento Police Department, Carollo Engineers, CalPERS and many more.    

The program will create a pipeline connecting students in the summer between their junior and senior years to full-time, paid skills training, civic education, and employment. Students will be able to continue their employment part-time over their senior year. Upon graduation, participating industries will have a well-trained work force ready for employment, apprenticeships, or tracked through a continuing education or collegiate path. 

There is still time for prospective employers to participate in the initiative. Interested companies can sign up at If media is interested in scheduling a tour of a training center, contact Andrew Kehoe at