To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16-21
  • Be living in St. Lucie County
  • Complete an Application
  • Commit to 2 weeks participation in YESS program
  • Be able to complete 6 weeks paid work experience
  • Include a resume with Application
  • Include 2 letters of recommendation from school personnel or a community organization
  • Must have parent permission to apply, if under 18.

Participant applications will be available online March 10th, 2017

Transportation will not be provided. You must be able to get to/from your training site and internship site. Once your application is completed and submitted, you will be contacted for a formal interview appointment. If you are selected based on your completed application and interview score, you and a parent or guardian MUST attend one Parent Orientation. Please ensure you are 100% available for the entire program. Dates are as follows:

  •  March 10th, 2017- applications available online
  • April 10th– final day to submit applications
  • May 1st-5th– participant interviews conducted at various school sites
  • May 12th– notification of acceptance or placement on waiting list will be emailed to all applicants
  • May 16th– Parent Orientation 6:00pm-8:00pm (location to be announced)
  • May 18th– Parent Orientation 4:00pm-6:00pm (location to be announced)
  • June 12th-23rd – Youth Employment Success Solutions (YESS) Class 9:00am-3:00pm (locations to be announced) (Normal class hours Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, Fridays are class make up days from 9:00am-12:00pm)
  • June 22nd– YESS Graduation Ceremony (location to be announced)
  • June 26th-August 4th– Internship (job locations, times, etc. will vary based on individual participant’s placement). Participants are paid a wage of $8.10/hour and work 32 hours per week during the 6 week internship period.

Employers interested in hosting an internship should contact Jodi McNamara at