As a certified Apprenticeship Readiness Program for careers in the union construction trades, Opportunity Build teaches you skills employers need. The program begins with 10-12 weeks of hands-on training at our Oakland facility and offers 12 months of one-on-one job placement and retention support.
shouldn’t be a privilege
We’re building career pathways for economic equity and climate resilience in the California Bay Area and San Joaquin County.
Building careers, building confidence
“They were like a warm hug when I needed it. My cohort pushed me in ways I never could have imagined. That class was full of talented, amazing women who motivated me just by showing up and sharing their struggles. It made me feel less isolated and more like I was working towards something rather than running away from something. The cohort gave me skills that are invaluable and, more importantly, gave me my confidence back.”
2022 Women Building the Bay Graduate
With offices in Oakland and Stockton, our workforce development programs specialize in preparing youth, women, and individuals in reentry for high-road careers and green pathways that offer family-sustaining wages.
Adult Construction Career Training
Youth Jobs to Help the Climate
Since 2000, Climate Careers has operated as a highly innovative youth empowerment program, addressing climate change by employing youth to provide energy efficiency services to nearly 60,000 Northern California households. We train and employ Bay Area and San Joaquin youth to conduct Green House Calls in their home communities and help them explore careers in green industries.
Green House Calls
Energy and Water Efficiency Support for Homeowners and Renters
Our Climate Careers program provides energy and water efficiency services, called Green House Calls, to households throughout the Greater Bay Area and City of Stockton. Take part in an in-person or virtual Green House Call by completing our 15-minute online survey to determine your personalized efficiency needs.
Since our founding in 1994, Rising Sun has operated as a direct service organization supporting people and communities. Today, that includes addressing the systems of inequity that make our work necessary. Our policy efforts drive positive change at the intersection of equity, climate, and jobs, confronting the root causes of poverty in our region.
youths and adults served
homes made more climate resilient and efficient
partners convened as members of a High Road Training Partnership
collective vision of a just and sustainable future for all people and our planet
What alumni are saying
Going in, I was a bit nervous, but I was provided with so much support. I learned the complexity of grant writing and all that goes into it. I did research for future funding opportunities and joined meetings to get a feel for a professional environment. Throughout my time with Rising Sun, they did more than enough to make sure that I was exposed to multiple career paths.
2021 Climate Careers Energy Assistant and Rising Sun Development Extern
I want to be able to help my family with projects. I hope that as I learn more about working with my hands and especially if I get into welding…I want to be able to say that I left my mark on this city.
2021 Opportunity Build Graduate
Rising Sun has been integral in my coming-of-age transition into adulthood. The education I received in my very first job as an Energy Specialist fundamentally shaped my understanding of energy conservation and environmental justice. I look forward to supporting Rising Sun in deepening its impact on the livelihoods and well-being of those most vulnerable to systemic racism in the green sector.
Board Member and Climate Careers Alum