Desarrollo de jóvenes y jóvenes adultos

En YFS, luchamos por generar un impacto positivo en los jóvenes para los cuales trabajamos. Sabemos que el futuro de nuestra comunidad depende de ellos y queremos que cada uno de nuestros participantes esté preparado para llevar una vida exitosa y satisfactoria.


Relational Well-Being

The Connections Project is a 5-year federal research demonstration project which uses a relationship-focused approach to improve the well-being of foster, runaway, homeless and exploited youth.

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Independent Living Skills

Skills Development & Support

The Independent Living Skills program (ILS) is designed to prepare and assist current and former foster youth through their transition from the foster care system into independence. We provide a strengths-based, individualized approach to assist youth in reaching their personal goals.

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Street Outreach

Support for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Street Outreach provides support to runaway and homeless youth in North San Diego County. Our goal is to advocate and assist youth in the process of getting off the streets and finding a safe place. We offer basic necessities to youth as well as connections to resources and other supportive services.

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Internship Opportunities

Workforce Development

We offer internships and placement opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career in human services. We offer the experience of working with a culturally diverse population with exceptional clinical supervision and training.

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TAY Academy

Support for Transition Age Youth

The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Academy provides safe, inclusive, youth-led drop-in resource centers in North County San Diego. TAY is dedicated to serving youth and young adults in a manner which is knowledgeable of, and sensitive to, the trauma occurring in their lives. 

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Connections 2020

Relational Well-being and Workforce Development

Connections 2020 assists underserved young adults throughout San Diego County by enhancing their relational & emotional skills and improving their economic stability. Program services are based on the idea that identifying and maintaining authentic, healthful relationships will increase overall well-being and boost a young person’s employability and financial stability.

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Our Safe Place

For LGBTQ Youth and Families

Our Safe Place is a certified outpatient behavioral health program that provides a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth, ages 12-21, and their families.

We offer services such as support groups for youth and family members, case management, mentorship, community outreach, trainings, skill development, and educational workshops.

We also have opportunities for experienced individuals to work as Connection Coaches and Support Specialists.

This program is a collaborative county contract with San Diego Youth Services and South Bay Community Services, providing:

  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric services
  • Case management for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families and guardians

Our Safe Place has four drop-in centers located throughout San Diego County, two of which are operated by the YMCA TAY Academy. Centers are open midday during the week and some hours during the weekend, with extended evening and holiday hours.

Urban Career Pathways

Workforce Development

Urban Career Pathways is a program located at the TAY Academy in Escondido that provides opportunities to gain meaningful training and paid work experience in high-demand jobs.

Participants will work with staff to help identify and achieve academic, professional, and personal goals while navigating one of our 3 pathways:

  1. Social and Human Services
  2. Child Development
  3. Specialty Foods and Microbreweries

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18-24 years of age
  • Residing in North County, San Diego
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Not currently enrolled in school

What We Offer

  • Individualized case management support
  • Paid internships with the YMCA of San Diego County
  • Academic and professional supportive services
  • Access to community resources and educational assistance
  • Team building (monthly events for participants)
  • Opportunities to gain part-time work experience in chosen career pathway

For more information about Urban Career Pathways, email us at [email protected] or contact Ahni Rocha-Redmond at [email protected]