YES Press Release – Temporary Closure for Renovations

Orange County’s Youth Employment Service Center Temporarily Closes for Facility Upgrade

Hoag Hospital, Kemp Bros. and 16 Other Local Partners Lead Remodeling Effort

Costa Mesa, CA — Youth Employment Service (YES), serving young people and the business community for over forty years, continues to make a difference in the lives of youth and employers.  On Monday , August 26th the YES facility at 114 East 19th Street will close for remodeling, reopening in two weeks on September 9th.

After serving over 20,000 Orange County youth during the past 20 years at the current location, the YES building in Costa Mesa is getting a new look.  With larger workspaces, new areas for connected workstations, and redesigned meeting rooms, YES, a non-profit organization that links youth and employers in Orange County, is enhancing its ability to help young people acquire job-hunting skills and find jobs. “We are very grateful to Hoag Hospital and its service suppliers for funding and leading the work needed to make the YES offices work more effectively for our clients, employers, and staff,” said Kathy Du Vernet, YES Executive Director.  She continued, “The redesign will enable us to provide a better training environment and improved computer capabilities for youth searching for jobs.”

“The energy generated through new relationships sparked innovative thinking to enhance the project’s potential and created a momentum which fueled greater progress for this project.  The collaboration among the design and construction community enabled the project to gain material donations outside of scope originally identified and get much of the work supported through sharing resources,” stated Anza Vang from Hoag.

Briana O’Keefe, Business Development Director and a spokesperson for Kemp Brothers Construction, one of the leading Hoag partners explains, “Kemp Bros. Construction is very active in local charitable organizations and we are always looking for opportunities to give back to the communities that we all live in. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to team up with our business partner Hoag and some of our trusted subcontractors to support YES in the best way we can. This project has truly been a group effort. The constant collaboration between all contributors generated a single vision along with the essential inspiration and enthusiasm to make it all happen. As a general contracting company, the YES remodel is the ideal project for us to get involved with and we are looking forward to the challenge! “

About YES
Founded in 1970 by community volunteers committed to helping young people learn workplace skills, Youth Employment Service (YES) has provided over 46,000 youth with pre-employment skills needed for job readiness, job search, and job retention, resulting in job referrals to hundreds of local businesses. Since its founding, YES has helped more than 28,000 youth obtain jobs, with estimated earnings of over $16,000,000.

For more information on YES visit our website at    or contact Kathy Du Vernet

Email:  Office: 949-642-0474  Mobile: 949-235-1511