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Youth Employment Service

100% Local

114 E. 19th Street
Costa Mesa , CA 92627 (view map)
Phone: (949) 642-0474 FAX: (949) 642-6311 Website: Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Thu 10:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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Youth Employment Service


Helping our youth get a job, and keep a job is what Y.E.S. is all about.  We provide a friendly environment where each youth is treated with dignity and respect.. We address employment needs on an individualized basis, and our youth learn the employment process through life skills building - as well as pre-employment and job retention skills training.  Youth are referred to good and meaningful jobs here in their own community where they learn the value and satisfaction of a good days work, grow their skills, and contribute to a thriving economy.  Our offices and walk-in resource center are located in a cozy house on the corner of East 19th and Church Streets in Costa Mesa, California directly across from the Mother’s Market parking lot. Please feel free to stop by and pay us a visit!
Youth Employment Service (YES) of the Harbor Area, Inc. is a community based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Orange County California.  Founded by volunteers who believed that employment and the lessons learned from work are critical for youths’ positive development, YES has served as a bridge between young people seeking employment and the business community seeking capable and enthusiastic young employees – for four decades.
Here at Youth Employment Service, we seek to inspire our community’s youth to achieve their dreams. We accomplish this by helping youth gain economic independence and personal self-sufficiency through training and meaningful employment opportunities.  More than 45,000 young people have been served by our teen-friendly programs, which includes structured pre-employment skills training, individualized job and life skills counseling, job referrals, mentoring and follow-up services.  In 2008, YES began offering advanced employment skills training for older youth, and we implemented a financial education component that helps youth learn what to do with a paycheck once they have a job, including opening a bank account, budgeting, and the importance of good credit.  More recently we established a mock interview program where volunteers from the business community give youth a first hand experience of going through an actual job interview, complete with feedback, tips for success, and videotaping so that each youth can be the best job candidate possible.
We believe: 
  • Young people’s personal growth, quality of life, and ability to be self-reliant are enhanced through successful employment experiences.
  • Young people are unique and have great personal worth.
  • Young people deserve to be treated with respect.
  • Young people need to understand their strengths and recognize their options in order to reach their full potential.
  • Young people who apply these values will gain increased self-esteem and a greater ability to understand what it takes to live a significant life that makes a meaningful contribution to society.


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