The Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success – AmeriCorps (YESS–AmeriCorps) program was developed in 2007 to support the Foundation’s foster youth programs. The program recruited Community College students to mentor and tutor foster youth. YESS–AmeriCorps was administered by the Foundation as a Corporation for National and Community Service Americorps program.
Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success – Los Angeles (YESS–LA) program helped current and former foster youth transition successfully into adulthood in Los Angeles, where nearly 2,000 foster youth are emancipated each year. YESS–LA was developed in 2007 by the Foundation and funded through the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. Between 2007 and 2012, YESS–LA served close to 5,000 youth.
Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success – Volunteers in Service to America (YESS–VISTA) was developed in 2007 to support the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ foster youth programs. YESS–VISTA recruited individuals from the community to serve as full-time operational and administrative capacity-building support on campuses that ran foster youth services programs. The program was administered by the Foundation as a Corporation for National and Community Service Volunteers in Service to America program.