The El Camino College Compton Center yesterday hosted an orientation to discuss the Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) program.
The goal of YESS is to prepare foster youth to live independently and self sufficiently, once they are emancipated.
Through the program, youth are given guidance in education that help them graduate or earn college credit. They are also taught every-day life skills and given job training.
The purpose of this extra assistance is to stop so many foster youth from ending up homeless, unemployed and incarcerated.
The YESS program begins this month, and continues for 14 weeks providing youth with tutors, mentors and hands-on experience maintaining a household, employment and parenting. YESS students who enroll at the college and take at least 12 units, will be guaranteed a campus job.
YESS is completely free and open to foster youth ages 16-21 living in Compton, Lynwood, Paramount, North Long Beach and Carson.
Those who missed orientation can show up to the first class on Tuesday March 9, at 5:30 p.m. and be enrolled on the spot.