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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does YESS stand for?
  2. Am I eligible for the program?
  3. How much does the program cost?
  4. How is the program structured?
  5. How long may I be in the program?
  6. Do you encourage youth to drop out of school?
  7. Can you help me get my GED or get back into school?
  8. Do I go to school in your building?
  9. Will you pay my tuition?
  10. Can you pay for counseling?
  11. Can you help me get a drivers license?
  12. Will you find me a job?
  1. Q: What does YESS stand for?
    A: Youth Education and Support Services. Please refer to the About Us page for more information.
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  2. Q: Am I eligible for the program?
    A: Youth Services are available to youth ages 14 - 21 years old who live in Lancaster or Saunders County. Additional eligibility criteria also apply:

    1. Be low income, demonstrated by:
      • A household income that falls below the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on your household size -or-
      • Receiving public assistance (listed below) -or-
        • ADC/TANF
        • SNAP (food stamps) in the last 6 months
        • Supplemental Security Income
        • Refugee Cash Assistance
        • County General Assistance
      • Have an open SNAP (food stamp) case or have had one within the past 6 months -or-
      • Be eligible for SNAP benefits (food stamps) -or-
      • Be a ward of the state / foster child-or-
      • Have a diagnosed disability and have earned less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of one

    2. United States Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

    3. Have a barrier to successful employment:
      • Dropped out of High School -or-
      • Documented Disability -or-
      • Pregnant -or-
      • Parenting -or-
      • Homeless -or-
      • Runaway-or-
      • Ward of the State or Tribe / Foster Child -or-
      • Current or previous court involvement -or-
      • Math or Reading skills below an 8th grade level
      • These are the most common barriers, you may have a barrier not listed here. Please contact Bethany Olson or come to a Come Thru for a complete list of barriers. left arrow

    Your eligibility cannot be determined until you have completed the application process. You may submit an application on-line or in person.
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  3. Q: How much does the program cost?
    A: There is no fee for our services. It is a public service offered to those who qualify.

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  4. Q: How is the program structured?
    A: If you are determined eligible, you will be assigned to a specific YESS case manager. Your case manager will have you complete the assessment process and together you will set the goals you would like to achieve. Your case manager will work one-on-one with you throughout your participation in YESS to help you achieve those goals.

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  5. Q: How long may I be in the program?
    A: This varies with every participant. Some participants reach their goals in under a year; some take longer. You may stay in the program until your goals are reached.

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  6. Q: Do you encourage youth to drop out of school?
    A: No. We encourage youth to remain in school or return to school if it is an option.

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  7. Q: Can you help me get my GED or get back into school?
    A: If you have dropped out of high school, we can help you get back into school or get your GED in partnership with Southeast Community College.

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  8. Q: Do I go to school in your building?
    A: No. We do not have a school. Many of the services we provide are in partnership with other agencies or run through public programs. We rely on the public school system for high school diploma attainment. For those who are trying to earn their GED, Southeast Community College is our primary partner.

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  9. Q: Will you pay my tuition?
    A: The answer is that it is possible for us to pay tuition. A yes or no answer will be determined after you are enrolled and after several variables, including scholarships and grants, are considered.

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  10. Q: Can you pay for counseling?
    A: Yes. We do our best to take a holistic approach when developing a plan to help you succeed. In many cases, going to counseling will help you feel better and improve your school and job performance.

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  11. Q: Can you help me get a drivers license?
    A: It is possible for us to help you get a driver’s license. However, you and your assigned case manager determine all goals and timelines.

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  12. Q: Will you find a job for me?
    A: No. We will help you prepare to search for a job by teaching you the most effective ways to job search and helping you prepare the necessary materials.

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