Oakland’s Most Experienced Youth and Young Adult Employment Training Agency

YEP’s guiding vision is that all Oakland youth and young adults will have the necessary work history, experience and soft skills to be self-sufficient, stable, and engaged members of our communities.

Job Training

YEP provides a range of job training opportunities for young people ages 14 to 24.

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Job Placement

YEP does more than simply place youth and young adults in jobs. We connect our clients to the future they want.

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With each degree earned, employment opportunities multiply. That’s why all programs support educational attainment.

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Support Services

We offer comprehensive support services and referrals to help youth keep on a positive path.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the employment and educational opportunities of Oakland youth and young adults impacted by poverty, the foster care and criminal justice systems, school underachievement, and lack of work experience by providing job training, job placement, hands-on education, and comprehensive support services.

We strive to create meaningful work opportunities by partnering with local businesses and operating our own social enterprises—two cafes, Training Grounds at the Oakland Airport, and Fresh Start at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro. Our youth and young adults play a key role in the operations of these cafes, putting their skills to work in the service industry, increasing communication, teamwork, and conflict resolution capabilities—all while growing their knowledge of how a successful business operates.

How to help

You can help Oakland youth succeed!
Make a donation to support our services.