Youth Employment Service (YES), a program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau successfully worked with several (RAS) students to help empower them to find summer employment.
YES has worked for more than 40 years to help youth in the area find employment. The program’s outreach effort connected them with RAS students at TST BOCES who were seeking employment.
Working together with YES, six RAS students gained employment at five area worksites including the Ithaca Children’s Garden, Stewart Park Day Camp and contributing to the First Street Mosaic project.
The mission of YES is to provide important resources and help youth develop the skills needed to seek out and acquire employment.
“We try to take the barriers away,” said Penny Romantic, program leader at YES. “It’s daunting to even know where to start… We have workshops on how to get a job and keep a job, we do mock interviews and it gives them a jumpstart.”
YES also worked alongside TST BOCES as part of the Youth Employment Resource Team (YERT) that helped organize a youth job fair on BOCES campus in May, 2017. Through this job fair many TST BOCES students were able to find employment, including the RAS students YES helped.