YES Salutes Mother’s Market, Starbucks

Sold-out Event Exceeds Goals, Helping More OC Young Adults Transition into Workplace
“YES does not rest until you achieve your dreams!”

COSTA MESA, CA (October 20, 2016)

At one of its most successful events in its 46-year history, Youth Employment Service (YES) honored two outstanding Orange County employers – Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Starbucks ­– at An Evening of Excellence for their ongoing commitment to hire YES graduates and support young adults as they transition into the workforce. The sold-out annual fundraiser – with an active silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, student success stories, and awards presentations – netted approximately $75,000 for YES programs.

Accepting the awards for Distinguished OC Employers were Tina Nunes, General Manager at Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Blythe Persinger, District Manager at Starbucks, both located in Costa Mesa.

Nunes said: “We are very grateful for the recognition we have received for our work; but I feel it is YES who deserves this award. They provide such an amazing service for the youth in our community. We are blessed to be able to partner with such a wonderful group of people and help give back to our communities. I stand here with pride knowing that Mother’s is being honored for standing with and supporting a group of talented people who really live their entire lives to help inspire the youth to rise and be the best version of themselves that they can.”

YES graduates, including Ahmad Alatab, shared their journeys with YES. “After a lot of rejection, I realized I needed more than just a degree; I needed an outstanding resume to get and ‘ace’ an interview. Then fate came into play. I saw the YES sign, entered the door and knew something incredible was going to happen. I learned how to build an eye-catching resume and how to conduct myself during an interview to convey confidence. They taught me the proper skill set when you step outside their door and start job hunting. Even when you finish the program, they continue to help by inviting you to networking nights and sharing job postings. They truly do not rest until you achieve your dreams!” Today, Alatab loves his job as a Cloud Application Engineer at Open Text, a leader in enterprise information management.

Board President Janet Randolph concluded by saying: “YES is so proud to be able to help young adults like Ahmed find jobs and possibly launch their careers, leveraging skills that can last a lifetime. As we like to say, YES wants to make sure our students are ‘Prepared for Work and Prepared for Life.’”

Sponsors for the event included: MasterCraft Residential (Presenting Sponsor), Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, U.S. Bank, Park Newport Apartment Community, CareerConnection.Me, Clean Energy, Barney and Barney, Rahimian Management, PIMCO Foundation, Mother’s Market & Kitchen (Honoree) and Mesa Water District.

About YES:
Founded in 1970, Youth Employment Service (YES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people pave roads to economic independence. Our mission is to equip young adults with the tools to improve self-esteem, employability, career choices, financial/personal self-sufficiency, and quality of life. YES is Orange County’s leading non-profit organization that matches 16-24 year-olds with local employers, partnering with more than 200 Orange County employers, providing early access to trained resources, collaborating with Orange County schools/youth-serving organizations to create positive, early job experiences. YES has counseled, mentored and trained an estimated 50,000 youth, 75% of whom are considered low-income, and has successfully placed in jobs about 88% of recent respondents.

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

Prepared for Work. Prepared for Life.

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