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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.



Who does YESS help?

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 eligibility.



How does YESS help?

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.