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
  • Life skills and career-related workshops      

 If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don't have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation, and rent while you are in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. More information can be found at Chafee Grants.

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.

Phone Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Remote)

YESS Student InformationYESS Registration Form

Please turn in form along with a dependency letter via e-mail to Teneka Cornish at

Yess Team

Teneka Cornish

Program Assistant

408-274-7900 x6547

Harvey Gipson

Academic Counselor

Annette Ruiz-Esparza

Financial Aid FYSI Liaison


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