Department of Community Services
Youth Employment Service (YES) – (805) 522-HIRE (4473)
Location: 2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
- Services for Youth Ages 15 to 22
- Services for Youth Ages 13 and 14
- Services for Employers
- Youth Employment Service Advisory Board
- Events - Job and Career Expo, Interview Skills Workshops, and YES Advisory Board Meetings
- Job and Career Expo Registration Form
- Job and Career Expo Job Bank Submission Form
Services for Youth Ages 15 to 22
The Youth Employment Service (YES) is provided at no cost to the youth of Simi Valley. Youth ages 15 through 22 can make appointments to receive coaching on the job application process, interview skills, professionalism in the workplace, and job referrals. Appointments can be made by calling (805) 522-HIRE (4473). Our office is located at 2929 Tapo Canyon Road (map).
All youth under the age of 18 who register with the YES must have their parents/guardians complete a Waiver of Liability prior to receiving job referrals. Youth age 18 and over must complete it themselves and bring it with them to their appointment. More information for parents and guardians is available. The YES does not issue work permits. Contact the youth's school of attendance for work permit eligibility information and an application.
Youth who have previously registered with the YES can contact the program at (805) 522-HIRE (4473) for additional job referrals at any time. An annual Job and Career Expo is hosted each spring where youth can meet directly with employers who are currently hiring.
Services for Youth Ages 13 and 14
Youth ages 13 to 16 can sign up to attend an “Entering the Workforce” workshop offered by the YES two times per year. The next Entering the Workforce workshop will be held in July 2017, at the Simi Valley Public Library, located at 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. This workshop will focus on employment law, employment options for youth ages 13 to 16, and job skill preparation. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to sign-up, contact the YES Coordinator at (805) 522-HIRE (4473). Once the date for the workshop is confirmed, teens on the sign-up list will be notified.
Services for Employers
The YES is provided at no cost to the employers of Simi Valley. Employers can call the YES to post their open positions for distribution to YES clients during one-on-one meetings, as well as via e-list to those clients who have previously registered with the YES and have expressed interest in receiving additional job referrals. Job referrals are provided to candidates based on their ability to meet certain minimum qualifications, such as age. Youth will contact the employer directly and follow the employer’s official application process. Employers may complete a Job Order form to post available jobs. Employers may also call (805) 522-HIRE (4473) for questions regarding the service, or view the YES Employer Letter for more information. Please note the YES does not accept referrals for residential employment. Employers may also participate in the Annual YES Job and Career Expo free of charge each spring. See below for details.
The YES accepts a variety of Job Orders from commercial employers including:
- One-time only requests
Youth Employment Service (YES) Advisory Board
The Youth Employment Service Advisory Board is made up of representatives of government agencies, schools, employers, and community members at large to discuss employment issues that relate to youth. The Board is comprised of 15 members and up to three alternates. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month during the school year, at 8:15 a.m., in the City Hall Community Room. View meeting dates and agendas for more information. The meetings are open to the public, and anyone with an interest in youth employment is encouraged to attend.
Recruitment for the YES Advisory Board has begun for the July 1, 2017 term. The following Board positions are open: community-at-large, local business, local government, youth representatives ages 16 to 22, and two at-large alternates. Interested applicants must complete the online application before Friday, May 12, 2017. New members are appointed by the City Council for two-year terms that commence on July 1st. For more information, call the YES Coordinator at (805) 522-HIRE (4473).
The YES Advisory Board coordinates a Job and Career Expo held at the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley each spring. The 30th annual Job & Career Expo was held on April 22, 2017, sponsored by the City of Simi Valley, Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley, and the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. Each year participation is free to businesses and youth. Annually, the event attracts over 300 youth job seekers between the ages of 15 and 22, and more than 60 employers. During the Job and Career Expo, employers are on hand to provide information about their companies and accept applications. Many employers interview candidates on-the-spot and extend job offers the same day. Youth are encouraged to come dressed to impress and prepared to interview.
The YES Advisory Board would like to thank the following employers and organizations that participated in the 2016 YES Job and Career Expo:
*A New Technique
*Babies "R" Us
Bank of America
Boys & Girls Club
*Buffalo Wild Wings
*Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center
*California Kettle Corn
CFS Tax Software Inc.
City of Simi Valley
Coast to Coast Computer Products
*Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Command Performance Catering
Congressman Steve Knight's Office
*DIY Home Center
Echo Tech Imaging
EMS Training Institute
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Firestone Complete Auto Care
*Flag Football California
Golden West Industrial Supply
*Jack in the Box
National College Planning Solutions
*Naturally Aged Flooring
Play It Again Sports
Premier Designs Jewelry by Donna
Professional Medical Careers Institute
Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District
Robotics & Things
Sandbox Computers for Kids, Inc.
Send Out Cards
*Simi Hills Retirement Community
Simi Valley Aquatics
Simi Valley Youth Council
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor
*Styles For Less
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt
Team Play Events
*Two Men and a Truck
United States Army
Ventura County Elections Division
Ventura County Fire Department
Women of Substance/Men of Honor
*Employers that posted openings in the Job Bank
The YES Advisory Board also coordinates Interview Skills Workshops at each of the local high schools and at the Simi Valley Public Library. The Interview Skills Workshops are presented each spring to prepare students to apply for their first job either through the annual Job and Career Expo or in the community. The presentation includes how to complete a job application, how to dress to meet employers, and how to prepare for an interview. Students who are interested in learning when the Interview Skills Workshop will be offered at their school may contact the Youth Employment Service at (805) 522-HIRE (4473) for details.
For more information regarding the YES program, please call (805) 522-HIRE (4473).