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.
CALIFORNIA CHAFEE GRANT 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.
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Catherine Kost, Program Coordinator
Student Services BuildingFirst Floor
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
YESS Student InformationYESS Registration Form
Please turn in form along with a dependency letter via e-mail to Teneka Cornish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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