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How does the YES Program work?

Teens apply online and are interviewed and hired by the City of Santa Clarita. Successful applicants are placed at local job sites (host employers) for 8-12 weeks and earn minimum wage. They are also required to attend three skill-building sessions including Create a Resume, Ace the Interview, and Communication and Work Ethic to increase employability while in the program. The worksite supervisor has the option of interviewing the participant(s) assigned to his/her location before the participant starts. YES Program staff works closely with worksite supervisors to help participants establish a strong work ethic and develop their skills. Teens who successfully complete the program receive a certificate of completion.

Benefits to Being a Host Employer:

  • Participants are pre-screened according to job requirements.
  • Participants receive job readiness and employability training while in the program.
  • Wages and workers compensation are covered by the City while the participant is in training.
  • Try before You Buy - the employer is able to train the participant properly prior to hiring, ensuring the participant is the right fit for the business.
  • Have a stake in preparing teens for the workforce.
  • Today's teens are resourceful, tech savvy and solution-based, energetic and enthusiastic.

How Do I Become a Host Employer?

Local employers who wish to partner with the City of Santa Clarita for the YES Program can contact the City's Community Services Coordinator, Susie Cordova, at (661) 250-3705 or for program details.

Employers are required to attend an Employer Orientation to learn about the City's policies and procedures relating to the program and sign an agreement with the City.

Below is information on the YES Employer Program Manual, Employer Agreement and a list of participating employers.

YES Employer Program Manual 2018

YES Employer Agreement

YES Employer List