Program OverviewYouth Empowerment Strategies for Success

The Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS) program provide funding, resources, and support for former and current foster youth.

Stop by our office to meet us and learn more about we offer. Our office is located in the Student Success Center Building on the first floor in Room SC-110.


Any current or former foster youth qualifies for some or all of our services.


  • Priority registration
  • Access to Student Center
  • Access to computers
  • Dedicated financial aid liaison
  • Dedicated academic counselor


  • Textbook loaning library
  • Meal vouchers
  • Free printing
  • Transportation assistance
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Course registration assistance
  • One-on-one scholarship assistance
  • Life skills and career-related workshops

Helpful resources

  • Bill Wilson Center - Explore housing options, parenting classes, and many other helpful services the Bill Wilson Center provides.
  • Covered til 26 - Need health insurance? Learn about FREE healthcare options.
  • HomeFirst - Research what housing opportunities are available to you.
  • Independent Living Program (ILP) - Explore the transition support services available to foster youth ages 16-21 like budgeting, college enrollment support, housing assistance, and many others.
  • NextUp (CAYFES) - Find out what support services are in place at California Community Colleges for foster youth.

equity plus Center

Student Services Building
First Floor
Room SC-110
(408) 274-7900 Ext. 6547

summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Yess Team

Teneka Cornish
Program Assistant
(408) 274-7900 Ext. 6547

Harvey Gipson

Academic Counselor

Yazmin Duarte

Interim ​​Program Coordinator
(408) 274-7900 Ext. 6499

Annette Ruiz-Esparza
Financial Aid Liaison
(408) 233-6790

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Opportunidades Reales para La Juventud en Adopcion

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