Youth Employment Service (YES)

  • CA


114 E. 19th Street
Costa Mesa
United States

About Us


Our mission is to teach youth and young adults ages 16-24 the skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment, and to offer programs that help young people improve their employability, career choices and quality of life.

What We Do

Here at Youth Employment Service, we seek to inspire our community’s youth to achieve their dreams. We accomplish this by helping youth gain economic independence and personal self-sufficiency through training and meaningful employment opportunities.

More than 45,000 young people have been served by our teen-friendly programs, which includes structured pre-employment skills training, individualized job and life skills counseling, job referrals, mentoring and follow-up services.

In 2008, YES began offering advanced employment skills training for older youth, and we implemented a financial education component that helps youth learn what to do with a paycheck once they have a job, including opening a bank account, budgeting, and the importance of good credit. More recently we established a mock interview program where volunteers from the business community give youth a first hand experience of going through an actual job interview, complete with feedback, tips for success, and videotaping so that each youth can be the best job candidate possible.


Youth Employment Service (YES) of the Harbor Area, Inc. is a community based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Orange County California. Founded by volunteers who believed that employment and the lessons learned from work were critical for youths’ positive development, YES has served as a bridge between young people seeking employment and the business community seeking capable and enthusiastic young employees – for four decades.