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Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS)       YESS

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Primary Focus:     

  • 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.

  • The Compton Center YESS - ILP Program is designed to offer a series of workshops/resources for foster students ages 16 - 25. The YESS -ILP The YESS - ILP Program is designed to assist participants with developing life skills and learning about our academic/vocational programs.

 The YESS program serves foster youth ages 16-25 in two categories:

  • Tutoring: Students are eligible for tutoring on a case-by-case evaluation to assist them in passing the CAHSEE.
  • Life Skills: Classes are designed for youth 16-25 years of age, providing experiential learning opportunities that develop life skills they can utilize in their walk toward adulthood, and assist foster youth with transitioning out of the system.

To determine if your youth is eligible and qualifies for either of these services, please follow the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) procedure below:

  • Have the youth contact his/her social worker to inquire about the YESS Program. The social worker will contact the youth's Transitional Coordinator. He or she will complete the necessary paperwork and refer the youth to Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC). The FCCC will then contact the Compton Center's YESS Program.
  • The Compton Center's YESS Advisor will process any necessary paper work and contact the youth to verify his or her interest in the program.


The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides financial assistance to current and former foster/probation youth, 16-25 years of age. You may receive the help you need as a student in high school, college, or a vocational program. You may also qualify for services if you are working or need assistance with dorm or rent. To receive ILP assistance, you must be ILP eligible. ILP is here to help you get what you need:

  • Stability;
  • Economic Well-Being;
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being; and
  • Education and Work Force Readiness



Transition Age Youth (current and former foster/probation youth) in Los Angeles County.

YESS Students at UCI Ropes Course YESS Participants ready for the Ropes Course at UC Irvine

April 2015

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