Contact us
Colleen Ammerman
Program Director
Youth and Adult Services
1102 Q Street
Suite 3500
Sacramento, CA 95811
T: 916.325.8572
F: 916.325.8569


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Welcome to YESS
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Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success.

Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) is a comprehensive and integrated program that unites community partners and academic leaders to empower foster youth to successfully transition into independent living. Using the 3R approach, the YESS program provides services that focus on life skills training and academic performance with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency, college degree or certificate completion, and employment.
3Rs of Success
  • Rigor: Challenging, confidence building, interactive, and outcome-oriented learning experiences that addresses the needs of youth
  • Relevancy: Multi-level training and practical learning opportunities that correspond to real life situations
  • Relationships: A continuum of service through which college and YESS staff model and promote the cultivation of permanent relationships with caring adults
Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success—Independent Living Program (YESS–ILP)
Works in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services and is hosted on Community College campuses throughout the state. YESS–CA provides mentoring, tutoring, and life-skills training to transitioning foster youth.

  Our Commitment  
  • Continuous, coordinated, and proactive program/service planning
  • Purposeful evaluation and constant program improvement
  • Increased youth enrollment in tutoring, mentoring, life-skills training and transition services
  • Improved youth retention throughout the multi-level training and learning experiences
  • Permanent connections to caring adults, institutions, and programs
  • Solid transition to higher education and training
  • Successful transition into independent living

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  What We Do  
  • Encourage a viewpoint that values youth for their strengths and assets
  • Provide lifelong campus and community connections
  • Collaborate with caregivers, group homes, county agencies, and community partners
  • Host youth and caregiver alumni events
  • Enlist AmeriCorps and VISTA members to build sustainable foster youth support services
  • Provide ongoing access to academic financial aid, vocational training, counseling, housing, and career development services 

  Foster Youth Resource Links  
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