“Elements services have prepared me for the future and getting ready for the real world.”

-Laufasa, Elements Student


Click here to learn about the Elements for Success Staff!

Elements for Success is a school-to-career transition program. We focus on developing academic leadership and vocational skills for youth who have barriers to employment and want to pursue a career in heath care.

Our purpose is to provide services for students to successfully transition to post-secondary educational opportunities as well as provide a health care internship along the way in order to allow our participants to explore health care career options.

Elements for Success participants can utilize a variety of program services. The following services are offered FREE to all participants:

  • Academic support and counseling
  • Payment of GED testing fees
  • College text book reimbursement
  • Paid part-time healthcare internship
  • Workshops on job readiness and career exploration
  • Resume and cover letter writing assistance
  • Vocational counseling
  • Job interview outfit reimbursement
  • Work uniform reimbursement


  • Monthly transportation assistance (gas card or clipper card)
  • Individualized follow-up services
  • Money Management workshops
  • Mental health counseling referrals
Behavioral Health Careers Pathways Project

In addition to providing paid internship opportunities and vocational and educational services, Elements for Success organizes and implements the Behavioral Health Careers Pathways Project at both Westmoor High School and Jefferson High School.

This project was created to increase understanding and to provide support to individuals struggling with mental illness challenges, as well as those battling alcohol and other related drug issues. It is designed to reduce stigma, to promote the use of community services, and to engage adolescents to explore careers in the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services fields. The Behavioral Health Career Pathways Project has served over 600 Juniors and Seniors at Jefferson, Westmoor, and Terra Nova High Schools over the span of five years. Through this project we are cultivating a diverse workforce in Behavioral Health through introducing youth to Behavioral Health Careers.


Our program serves Northern San Mateo County out-of-school youth between the ages of 17 and 24. Participants must meet the following eligibility requirements set forth by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act.

  • 17 - 24 years of age
  • Must not be enrolled or attending any school, as identified by state law

In addition to the above stated requirements, youth must also fit within one of the following categories:

  • A high school drop-out
  • Low-income
  • Basic skills deficient
  • English language learner
  • A subject of the juvenile or adult justice system
  • Homeless
  • In or has been in foster care
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Disabled