Youth Programs

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, in part­ner­ship with Sono­ma Coun­ty Human Ser­vices, offers edu­ca­tion­al and employ­ment assis­tance to youth, aged 16 to 24, in West Sono­ma Coun­ty. Our pro­grams have helped many at-risk youth find a path to self­suf­fi­cien­cy and self-esteem. Check out our youth events cal­en­dar, which includes a series of employ­ment work­shops in Jan­u­ary and February.

YEES

instagram_app_large_may2016_200West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, through the Youth Edu­ca­tion and Employ­ment Ser­vice (YEES) pro­gram, assists dis­ad­van­taged youth, ages 16 – 24, to make a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to adult­hood and to fur­ther edu­ca­tion and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. WCCS offers help with such issues as: career choic­es, job search, sub­mit­ting appli­ca­tions, resume writ­ing, devel­op­ing ref­er­ence lists, man­ag­ing inter­views, and work relat­ed skills. If more edu­ca­tion or train­ing is nec­es­sary, WCCS offers aid in apply­ing to train­ing schools and col­leges. Oppor­tu­ni­ties for tem­po­rary work expe­ri­ence and vol­un­teer ser­vice are pro­vid­ed to help pre­pare youth for full time employ­ment. Check out our YEES Insta­gram feed.

Summer Jobs for Youth

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices and the Sono­ma Coun­ty Youth Ecol­o­gy Corps pro­vides youth and young adults with mean­ing­ful paid work experience:

  • Work­ing with and learn­ing about the environment
  • Get­ting an edge on your job search with valu­able work experience
  • Earn­ing mon­ey while mak­ing your com­mu­ni­ty a bet­ter place
  • Work­ing with moti­vat­ed peers. West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices can place you in a crew of your peers, pay you a fair wage, and even, thanks to a gen­er­ous donor, pro­vide you with your work-day lunches

Helping Young Adults to Independence

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices can assist youth and young adults in find­ing work and becom­ing independent:

  • Help­ing you plan for the future and set goals
  • Assist­ing you in your job search
  • Help­ing you with your job appli­ca­tions, resumes, and interviews
  • Help­ing you make career explorations
  • Refer­ring you, if you choose, to alter­na­tive edu­ca­tion, GED, and voca­tion­al training
  • Assist­ing you in apply­ing to trade schools or col­leges, obtain­ing finan­cial aid, and housing
  • Help­ing you learn inde­pen­dent liv­ing skills
  • Link­ing you to sup­port­ive services

Contacts

Emi­ly Heinzelman
WCCS Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions 707–823-1640 x 403
Emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org

Paulette Hall Youth Employ­ment, Job Development
707–823-1640 x 121
Paulette.hall@westcountyservices.org

Vivian Diaz
YEES Case Manager
(707) 823‑1640 x122
Vivian.diaz@westcountyservices.org

Wine Country Fire Community Support

For Sono­ma Coun­ty res­i­dents dis­placed by the fires and re-locat­ing to West Coun­ty, West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices stands ready to pro­vide the fol­low­ing sup­port to our neigh­bors in need:

Need a Summer Job?

Join our sum­mer crew! Work out­side, learn about the envi­ron­ment, con­tribute to your community,
and have fun while you earn money.

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