YES Celebrates Distinguished Orange County Employers

Mother’s and Starbucks to Be Honored for Commitment to Supporting Young Adults in the Workforce

COSTA MESA, CA (Sept. 1, 2016) – Youth Employment Service (YES) will honor two outstanding Orange County employers at An Evening of Excellence for their ongoing commitment to hire YES graduates and support young adults as they transition into the workforce.

“As we enter our 46th year, YES is proud to dedicate our annual fundraiser, An Evening of Excellence, to the employers who have provided life-changing opportunities to our YES graduates,” said Executive Director Wendy Weeks. Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Starbucks will be celebrated on Thursday, October 6, 2016. “They were chosen from our wide group of 200-plus employers with whom we partner, and who hire and foster our YES graduates.”

When notified of the selection, Mother’s Costa Mesa Store Manager Tina Nunes said, “Mother’s Market believes in giving back to the communities it serves. Though we are thrilled to be recognized by YES for our efforts, it is the YES staff who has created this amazing youth program that should be honored and that we are happy to support.” Nunes has hired six YES employees over the past 1-1/2 years because “YES grads come to us ready to take on the world. The training sets them apart from other candidates, they are well-spoken and understand the importance of customer service.“

As an example of the quality of YES candidates, Nunes cited one of her first YES employees, Ruth McLean: “I am grateful for Ruth every day. She has blossomed into one of our most reliable employees. I have no doubt that I will see Ruth and other YES grads do amazing things in their futures. And I will be right behind them, cheering them on along with the rest of the Mother’s family!”

An Evening of Excellence, held at The Promenade & Gardens, 1570 Scenic Avenue, Costa Mesa, Thursday, October 6, 6- 10 PM, will also showcase success stories of YES graduates, silent auction, wine vault and dinner. The presenting sponsor is MasterCraft Residential. Other sponsors include Barney and Barney, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, Mother’s Market, PIMCO and US Bank.

For additional information on sponsorships, auction item donations and the purchase of tables and tickets, contact the YES office at 949.642.0474.

About YES:
Founded in 1970, Youth Employment Service (YES) is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people pave roads to economic independence. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to improve self-esteem, employability, career choices, financial/personal self-sufficiency, and quality of life.

Wendy Weeks, YES Executive Director,, (949) 642-0474
Tila Pacheco, Mother’s Market,, (714) 256-8452

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