YES Youth Success Story

Keilah, a 20-year-old from Santa Ana came to YES in 2012.  At the time she says  “I was struggling a lot financially.  I needed to pay for school and support myself.  I was applying everywhere and not getting any hits.  My mentor told me about YES, we went there and I am where I am now because of her and because of you guys!  I’m in my own apartment.  I have a car.  I work at Goodwill and Aaron Brothers.  I am totally self-supporting!”

Aisha, an 18 year-old from Huntington Beach, came to YES in January of 2012. At the time she was taking adult education classes only 12 hours a week and did not have a job.  Now Aisha is working as a sales person at Sunglass Hut. Her supervisor loves her! She now works 30 hours a week, is taking more classes than before at adult school, and is on track to earn her high school diploma.  To learn more about her story, click here.

Marjaneh joined the YES Program in August of 2011.  In November, she attended a Starbucks workshop event where students were invited to come and learn how to get hired at Starbucks.  The YES team made sure students dressed-up and brought their resumes.  Several students were hired at Starbucks right after that workshop, including Marjaneh.  To learn more about her story, click here.


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"Here at Youth Employment Service, we seek to inspire our community’s youth to achieve their dreams." YES’ mission is to teach youth and young adults the job and life skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment, and to offer programs that help young people improve their employ-ability, career choices, and quality of life. Each year, hundreds of youth find good and meaningful jobs through YES.