YESS

Program OverviewYouth Empowerment Strategies for Success

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to ensure your safety and the safety of your loved ones, we are transitioning from in-person to online instruction as of Monday, March 16 to Thursday, December 17. EVC has moved our operations to a virtual/remote format through the end of the fall semester. We encourage you to call us or email us, staff are available during normal business hours to respond to your inquiries. Read here for more details and updates:
https://www.evc.edu/current-students

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.

Eligibility

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

Benefits

  • 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.

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

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fridays 

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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YESS Student InformationYESS Registration Form

Please turn in form along with a dependency letter via e-mail to Teneka Cornish at teneka.cornish@evc.edu.

Yess Team

Teneka Cornish

Program Assistant

408-274-7900 x6547

Harvey Gipson

Academic Counselor

Harvey.Gipson@evc.edu

Brenda Martinez

Program Coordinator

408-274-7900 x6499

Annette Ruiz-Esparza

Financial Aid FYSI Liaison

408-223-6790

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