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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Youth Employment Opportunity Program

The Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) provides special services to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. While working with peer advisors, youth clients interact with professional individuals who have similar paths, perspectives, and educational goals by providing referrals to supportive services, workshops, career coaching, employment preparation, and other training and community outreach efforts.

YEOP Services

The YEOP specialists assist youth in attaining their goals through a variety of services:

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible youth include individuals, ages 15 through 25, who are at risk of not achieving their educational goals and who are current high school students; college students; high school dropouts; and/or at risk of dropping out from school. In addition, youth who fall under any of the characteristics below may also be found eligible:

Youth who may not necessarily fit under any criteria above may still be eligible for YEOP services upon assessment by YEOP specialists. Youth are also encouraged to contact their nearest America’s Job Center of California to inquire about other youth services available in their area.

Mentors and Specialists

Two major components of the YEOP program are mentors and youth employment specialists.

Contact Information

For youth or community members interested in additional YEOP services in your area, visit the YEOP Contact Information page.