Career Services

Helping foster youth succeed

[caption id="attachment_834" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Angela, Danielle, Harmony and Jenalyn are members of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program at the SRJC[/caption] Danielle Hansen, 20 is a Communications Major studying at the Santa Rosa Junior College. She'll be graduating this Spring with two Associates degrees and plans to transfer to Sonoma...

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Their first paychecks

Kristina and Maria, both 17, celebrated a milestone last week: they both received their first paycheck from their very first job. The excitement these two girls felt to be earning their own way was palpable, as was the pride in their hard work. After two weeks of work outdoors in...

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YouthLink Youth Employment Programs Featured on KRCB TV

[gallery ids="760,761,762,763"] Tonight at 9pm, on channel 22, KRCB will be airing a new documentary program called Health Connections featuring stories from a variety on non-profit organizations, including SAY. The episode will re-air July 15 at 11:30am. In shooting this episode, KRCB staff interviewed 5 SAY youth who have all gotten jobs...

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Youth Homelessness Rises in Sonoma County

Youth homelessness has risen by over 61% in the last 2 years. While family homelessness has decreased (read more in the Press Democrat here) young adults are having a harder and harder time finding affordable housing and jobs. Overall, 1 in 4 homeless people in Sonoma County is under 25...

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The 2013 GEM Conference

[gallery ids="733,714,715,716,717,718,719,720,721,722,723,724,725,726,727,728,729,730,731,732"] On March 29, 2013 students from Amarosa Academy joined Esperanza Resource Services program staff Toni Abraham and Amanda Hernandez for the 2013 Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM) Conference. GEM is a two day conference geared at empowering and inspiring young women to succeed and to think about their futures and...

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Youth Workers Plant Trees

This winter we have had an energetic group of 10 youth working in partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency to keep our local trails clear of debris, and to restore native plants to our waterways. An extension of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps, the crew has been hard...

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Santa Rosa Youth Mural Project Kicks Off

A few months ago, the City of Santa Rosa's Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force invited artist Fabian Debora from Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles to come tell his inspiring story of leaving the gang-lifestyle behind. Fabian spoke with a group of teens from California Youth Outreach (CYO) and SAY's Esperanza...

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Elsie

Dedication Pays Off

Elsy is 17, and had been hoping to get a summer job through the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps ever since the program started 4 years ago. She's a junior in high school now, and first applied for a summer job in 2009, but wasn't hired. While she was disappointed,...

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