Connecting Local Youth to STEM Careers

A Collective Impact Project Building Pathways to STEM Careers for San Francisco Youth

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s education and workforce initiative, UniteSF, launched the SF STEM Talent Pathway in 2015. Over 20 partners across the public and private sectors have joined the collaborative to create collective and sector specific goals with a unified scorecard for mutual accountability.

The key strategies to achieve these goals are to promote local youth talent to STEM companies, promote effective STEM pathways that connect youth from PreK-12 through post-secondary success, and to promote results of partners and the partnership to inform the broader STEM education field.


The Opportunity


There are over 14,500 graduates annually from San Francisco public schools, colleges and universities, and city funded workforce training programs representing a local, diverse talent pool.

Degrees and Certificates awarded at City College in 2013-2014


Over 1/3 of SF State’s student population are 1st generation college goers

USF is one of the TOP TEN most diverse universities in the country

Youth served by the San Francisco Workforce System in 2013-14

San Francisco Unified

60,000 Students

  • Asian 33%
  • Latino 29%
  • White 14%
  • Other 10%
  • African American 10%
  • Decline to Comment 4%


Estimated STEM Jobs by 2018

There will be over 8.5 million STEM jobs by 2018, however, less than 1/3 of those currently employed in STEM are women, and Hispanic and African Americans comprise only 11% of the workforce. With the diverse pool of local talent here in the Bay Area, we have an opportunity to fulfill the workforce needs of our local STEM companies, with the amazing local talent from our local public schools and universities.


Current Composition of the STEM Workforce:

  • White 69%
  • Asian 18%
  • Hispanic 6%
  • African American 5%
  • Other 2%





56% of companies with > $10B in annual revenue strongly agree that diversity helps drive innovation.
The U.S. needs to increase its yearly production of undergraduate STEM degrees by 34% to match the demand forecast for STEM professions.

The STEM Talent Pathway is the first signature project of UniteSF, an initiative co-led by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, the Superintendent of Schools and President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

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