YESS or Youth Education and
Support Services is a program designed
to help youth ages 14 - 21 years old with education and employment. YESS helps young people to prepare for
participation in the workforce by supporting eligible youth with the opportunities and resources they need to
achieve their education and employment goals.
The program was created by Congress through
the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). In 2006, the City of Lincoln's Urban Development Department assumed
the responsibility for administering the youth program. The City began providing services as the WIA Youth Program through
One Stop Employment Solutions.
In 2009, WIA Youth Services changed it's operating name to YESS - Youth Education
and Support Services to more clearly reflect the services and population served. YESS is a federally funded
program through the Department of Labor.
These WIA Title I financially assisted programs and activities are equal opportunity employer/programs.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
YESS serves youth living in Lancaster and Saunders Counties.
In order to qualify for assistance, youth must be determined eligible and suitable for services. To be
eligible, youth must be a resident of Lancaster or Saunders counties, be 14 to 21 years old, low income and have
a barrier that makes it more difficult for them to finish school or find and keep a job without some additional
assistance. Please visit our FAQ page for more information on
We assist youth with their education goals, this includes obtaining a GED, attending
college or attending another post-secondary institution.
We help youth who have dropped out, graduated and those currently in school. Depending on each specific
case, we may have funding to help pay for the following: school fees, tuition, books and testing fees.
We can pay for training in areas like CNA, Medical Assisting, Office Technology, Auto Mechanics, Welding, etc.
YESS also assists youth with their employment goals. We can set up job shadows and work experiences. Some
youth are hired by the employer after the work experience is completed. If they are not hired by
the employer, we encourage them to add the experience to their resume and continue searching for a job. We also
help youth with resumes, applications, job searches and interviews. Additionally, we have funds available to
assist youth in purchasing work appropriate clothing, tools and equipment.