The project was a partnership between the 19th Judicial Circuit Court- Department of Juvenile Justice and the Executive Roundtable of St. Lucie County, CareerSource Research Coast, and made possible by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Youth were given the opportunity to explore careers that are in demand and learn what the educational levels, skill requirements, and expectations of jobs are. They also gained an understanding of, and practiced key employability skills such as work ethics, communication, basic reading and math skills, basic computer knowledge, resume creation, memo writing and interviewing skills. When they successfully completed the training, the youth earned $250.00 as an incentive made possible by Wells Fargo community reinvestment initiatives.

CareerSource Research Coast was awarded a grant by Wells Fargo to make this project possible.  Meals were provided by the Treasure Coast Food Bank. The YESS program has been recognized as a best practice by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity throughout the region to assist at-risk youth in becoming productive, self-sufficient citizens of our communities through CareerSource Research Coast Youth Connection’s Program. Seventeen youth from Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce successfully completed the YESS program. Classes operated from July 13th through July 24th, Monday through Friday, 10am until 2pm.  The sessions were held at the Garden City Career Center and at the Children Services Council of St. Lucie County.


Pictured above from left to right is Dorothy L. Malik, Jodi Hessing, Wydee’a Wilson, Joyce Odongo, Monica Jakobsen, Glenda Harden and Eleanor Eberhart-Chin.

The Garden City CareerSource location serves as a full service career center. This facility provides services for those seeking employment. Information on all the services provided is accessible online at https://careersourcerc.com/services-for-job-seekers/

For more information contact CareerSource Research Coast at 1-866-482-4473 or visit us online at www.careersourcerc.com