The Los Angeles Unified School District is working with local businesses to find part-time jobs for about 2,500 students.
The First Break program has arranged summer jobs for 20 years, but this year it began offering job placement and training year-round.
In the program, students 16 to 20 years old run cash registers, stock shelves, do filing and greet customers at businesses and government agencies.
"They send over a good group of kids," said Doreen Stearns, who supervises students at the legal department of the State Compensation Fund. "They know what to do and they do it."