YES Press Release – Taper Foundation

S. Mark Taper Foundation Donates $20,000 to Youth Employment Service

Used to help young people pave roads to economic independence

COSTA MESA, CA (March 10, 2015) – The S. Mark Taper Foundation has granted Youth Employment Service (YES) a generous $20,000 donation. This is the Foundation’s first such grant to YES, a community-based, non-profit organization offering programs that helps young adults improve their employability, career choices, self-esteem and quality of life.

 According to John Hobson, president, YES Board of Directors, the grant will support YES’s comprehensive youth job-readiness services — pre-employment skills training, finance and money management skills training, mock interviews, job search assistance, and employer outreach. “We applaud the prestigious S. Mark Taper Foundation for its support of work-based training for Orange County youth,” Hobson said. “Through our classes and coaching, young adults learn what to expect in the hiring process, the work environment, and other aspects of adulthood, building the attitudes and skills needed to succeed in employment now and in the future,” he added.

“The S. Mark Taper Foundation is pleased to support YES. We know that young adults comprise 13% of the US workforce, yet a staggering 35% of California’s unemployed, costing American taxpayers $25 billion annually in the form of lost tax revenue and government benefit payouts. YES programs have empowered tens of thousands of teens/young adults to become economically self-reliant,” said Adrienne Wittenberg, Executive Director. The S. Mark Taper Foundation (, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities.

Contact:          John Hobson, YES Board President,, 612.220.4716


About YES:

Founded in 1970, Youth Employment Service (YES) is a locally chartered, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people pave roads to economic independence. Our mission is to support the community by enabling Orange County youth and young adults to obtain and maintain meaningful employment. YES is dedicated to offering programs that help 16-24 year-olds improve their self-esteem, employability, career choices, financial/personal self-sufficiency, and quality of life.


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