Youth Employment Services (YES)

Creating a YES for every student

Be A YES Employer Be a YES Student


YES Students

What is YES?

YES stands for Youth Employment Services. We work with Champaign Unit 4 high school students, helping them learn and develop important career skills, explore different career paths, and gain actual work experience.

Our Mission

Creating a YES for every student

Our Vision

We will ensure any student seeking career readiness and skill development will get the support needed to set them up for success.

Our Values

  • Support 
  • Knowledge
  • Influence
  • Listening
  • Leadership 
  • Success

Support Levels

In order to achieve our mission of creating a YES for every student, we offer two levels of support: 
  • YES Classic - 
    • Ideal for younger participants and those who have not had any job experience yet
    • Program works closely with participants throughout the school year before placing them with a summer worksite that matches participant's skills and interests 
    • There is a cap on participant numbers at this level and spots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis
  • YES Select - 
    • Ideal for older participants and those who have already had some experience in a workplace 
    • Participants select the areas of support that meet their current needs as they find employment on their own throughout the year
    • There is no cap on participant numbers at this level and support may be received at any time based on participant needs/interests

Program Components

YES Discover (Fall and Spring Semesters)

YES Discover sessions provide training and hands-on learning for important career readiness skills such as communication, teamwork, time management, problem solving, and leadership. Students also learn how to create a resume and how to gain confidence with interviews and networking. This component is required for participants at the Classic support level. 

One Big Career Fair (Spring Semester)

The One Big Career Fair is an annual event where YES participants are able to meet and interview with potential summer employers. It traditionally takes place in April/May. We are hoping to offer this event both virtually and in person during Spring 2022, giving employers and participants two opportunities to connect. This event is required for participants at the YES Classic support level.

YES Connect (Spring Semester)

YES Connect offers participants at either support level the chance to dig deeper into their ideal career field. This component provides opportunities to engage with speakers from specific industries, attend specialized workshops for their chosen career field, explore pathways to careers, and create actionable goals to get them where they want to go. 

YE$ Prep (Summer)

YE$ Prep is our paid training week for students participating at the YES Classic support level. The focus for this week will center on topics that are specific to YES-sponsored job placements such as using our timecard app and completing new hire paperwork. YE$ Prep consists of 10 paid hours over a period of five days and will occur during the week before summer jobs begin. This component is required for participants at the Classic support level.

YES-Sponsored Summer Job (Summer)

Participants at the YES Classic support level will be placed with a summer job for six weeks during June and July. They will have the opportunity to work up to 105 hours during that time period and will be assigned a Worksite Coordinator through the program. Worksite Coordinators will provide ongoing support and communication to ensure each participant's summer job placement is successful and meaningful.  

Want to be a YES student? 

If you are brand new to YES, our New Participant form is now live! You can click HERE to sign up for our 2022-2023 program year. 

If you have already participated in YES, keep an eye on your email for information on continuing with us this year. 

Sign up for our newsletter

Stay connected to YES by subscribing to our monthly newsletter, The Road Map. CLICK HERE to join our mailing list. 

We're working on adding past issues to this website. For now, you can find past issues on Facebook (@YESChampaign)

Thank you to our partners!

These partners help make our program possible.

Champaign Unit 4 School DistrictExternal link to City of ChampaignExternal link to City of Champaign TownshipExternal link to Champaign Community Coalition

YES Supporters

Special thank you to YES Supporters:

YES Partner:
Champaign Unit 4
City of Champaign

YES Sponsor:
City of Champaign Township
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club
Housing Authority of Champaign County
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce

YES Student Sponsor:
Busey Bank
Illinois American Water
Thank you to our Direct Hire Partners:
University of Illinois Staff Human Resources
Champaign Park District

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