Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success—Independent Living Program (YESS–ILP)
Hands-on life skills training
Independence transition services
Through our program, students have the support and resources necessary to make educated decisions about important life events like: educational opportunity, living independently, employment and so much more.
18 College Campuses
throughout the state offering YESS services.
2000+ Foster Youth
served each year.
of hands on training provided to participants each year.
of one-on-one support offered to participants each year.
“I recently received gift cards from [YESS-ILP] for The Grocery Outlet. Thank you so much to the Foundation for California Community Colleges for their donation of these gift cards! It was a tremendous help and relieved a lot of stress and anxiety for me in terms of food security. Foster youth, unlike many other students, don’t have parents whose refrigerators and pantries they can raid and often, don’t have anyone they can call on when times get tough. These gift cards made a huge difference in my quality of life, and in turn, help make my success in school more attainable.”