We will briefly present how we motivate our young people and get them excited about high road (high-paying) opportunities available to them. We will show you what we do to make them excited and competitive. Our work combines youth and workforce development through a variety of work-based learning opportunities and partnerships to empower young people. We will share practical tools used to prepare our students for rich, quality jobs and the successful impact our tools had on our students and their work-readiness. Included are ways we transition our high school students to post-secondary opportunities and quality high road jobs. There will be opportunities to personalize these tools provided to the wider, California audience to fit one’s local context.