Our Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is a citywide investment required to upgrade our aging treatment and collection systems infrastructure to ensure we continue to protect public health and the environment now and for generations to come. A large part of this work involves upgrading our Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP), which manages 80% of the City’s wastewater. As we upgrade the treatment plant and surrounding facilities, the SFPUC and our firm partners are investing in efforts that support and provide opportunities in San Francisco communities.
Highlight: SSIP CityWorks Internship Program
SSIP CityWorks is a paid internship program that provides young people with work-based learning and mentorship opportunities through summer jobs with the SFPUC and private engineering firms working on SSIP. The program, led by Young Community Developers, provides real-world assignments to interns from San Francisco’s District 10 communities while also teaching valuable skills necessary for academic and professional success. SSIP CityWorks internships include engineering, program management, communications and related fields — exposing students to a variety of careers in the water, wastewater and power industries.
Highlight: Willie Brown Middle School/SPARK Program
The Willie Brown Middle School is the only public middle school in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood that specializes in Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). Through SPARK, a youth mentorship program, firms are matched with students each semester to collaborate on STEM-related projects. Projects have included how to make a battery using acid from a lemon to testing water quality. At the end of the semester, mentors and students showcase their projects at a large science fair — that is open to family, friends, mentors and City officials. Mentors play an important role in encouraging youth, keeping them engaged academically and inspiring them to explore different career options.
Highlight: Urban Ed Academy “Hacker Hub”
Urban Education Academy (UEA), a Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP) education institution providing programs for underserved boys, is creating a learning center supported with on-site workforce housing for educators. The new center, “the Hacker Hub,” is projected to provide 250 BVHP students with educational programs spanning math enrichment, coding, digital music and video game programming and design. The center will be available to a local community coalition of organizations that will share the space as an after-school learning and tutoring center. This new investment will also create housing opportunities for the five educators working onsite and teaching at local elementary and middle schools. SFPUC contractors and local foundations have donated funds to UEA to lease the Hacker Hub’s building.
*Highlights of our partners’ investments are meant for illustrative purposes only and are not prescriptive.