Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success/ Independent Living Program

Delta College's Youth Empowerment Strategies for Success/Independent Living (YESS/ILP) programs prepares foster youth, 16-21 years of age, for their move into independent adult living. Students learn skills ranging from college admission and financial management, to ironing a shirt and sewing on a button.

With increasing problems of gang violence and drugs, more and more youth are placed at risk. Facing these challenges without stable, cohesive home lives is particularly difficult for youth in care. The YESS/ILP Programs provide a safe haven for learning, sharing and socializing.

YESS-ILP Classes

Sophomores & Juniors Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6 pm-7:30 pm at SJDC.

Seniors & Delta College Students Classes are held every Thursday evening from 6pm-7:30 pm at SJDC.

Classes cover the following topics:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Computer Skills
  • Planned Parenthood

Attend YESS-ILP Classes

Youth in relative care, foster care, and group homes are eligible to attend classes. To attend YESS classes, all youth must be referred either by their social worker or probation officer and must be between 16 and 21 years of age. Group homes are required to have staff in the classroom if more than one youth from their facility is attending.

For more information about the referral process, contact Julie Barron at (209) 468-1848 or Cynthia Lederle at (209) 468-1028 at San Joaquin County Human Services Agency Independent Living Program.