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YESS Independent Living Program (ILP)

ILP Youth Services

The YESS ILP (Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success Independent Living Program) prepares foster youth, 16-21 years of age, for their move into independent adult living.

Each year, approximately 4,000 of California's foster youth turn 18 and become independent, many without the necessary skills to support themselves. Studies show that as many as 50 percent of emancipated foster youth become homeless, have serious money problems, or are incarcerated. To better prepare foster youth for independence, Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success - California (YESS-California) aims to help current and former foster youth transition successfully into9 self-sufficiency and adulthood. The program was developed in 2007 through collaboration between the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the California Department of Social Services.  

There are four 6-week series of classes in:

Current foster youth ages 16-18 are invited to join our YESS ILP classes. Foster youth who live in foster or group homes are welcomed. Classes are held at:

American River College

4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841


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