City Manager's Office
Youth Employment Service (YES) – (805) 583-6766
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
- Business Incubator Committee
- 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
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) 583-6766. 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 or 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) 583-6766 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.
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 2020. The date will be announced shortly. This workshop will focus on employment options for teens ages 13 to 16 , workplace ethics and safety, and job readiness. Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with teen entrepreneurs. Space for this session is limited and will be provided on a first-reserved, first-served basis. Walk-ins are also welcome. To reserve your space, call (805) 583-6766.
The YES is provided at no cost to the employers of Simi Valley. Employers YES Employer Letter 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) 583-6766 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
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.
The YES Advisory Board established an Ad Hoc Committee in September 2017 to investigate the potential development of a business incubator to assist young entrepreneurs. The Committee has recently finished researching different models of business incubators, compiling a list of best practices, and determining the needs of startup businesses in the area. An important component of this project was feedback from the local entrepreneurial community.
The Committee will be releasing and publishing the results here shortly. Those entrepreneurs who plan on or are thinking about starting a business, may contact the YES Coordinator for additional information.
Recruitment for positions on the YES Advisory Board will be held in April 2020. Interested applicants must complete the online application before 5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 1, 2020. New members are appointed by the City Council typically for two-year terms. For more information, call the YES Coordinator at (805) 583-6766.
The YES Advisory Board coordinates a Job and Career Expo held at the Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley each spring. The 33rd annual Job & Career Expo will be held on April 25, 2020. This annual event is 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 close to 300 youth job seekers between the ages of 15 and 25, 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. Businesses and organizations are asked to register for this free event before Friday, April 10, 2020.
Businesses and job seekers are encouraged to sign-up to receive e-notifications of upcoming events and programs.
The YES Advisory Board would like to thank the following employers and organizations that participated in the 2019 YES Job and Career Expo:
A2Z Health – Aerotek – Amazon – AppleOne – Arbonne - *Best Buy - *Big 5 Sporting Goods - *Blue Fin - Bombshell Beauty Bar - Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley - *Buffalo Wild Wings - California Highway Patrol - California Kettle Corn - Camp Keystone - CFS Tax Software Inc. - *Chili's - Cinepolis USA - *City of Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center - City of Simi Valley - Coast to Coast Computer Products - Command Performance Caterings - *Dairy Queen - Daland Swim School – Easterseals - Echo Tech Imaging - Eric Little, State Farm - Federal Bureau of Investigation - *Islands Restaurant - *Jack in the Box - Jamba Juice - Little Caesars - Los Angeles Department of Water and Power - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Primerica Mission Hills - Professional Medical Careers Institute - Pro-Tech Systems - Right at Home of Ventura County - Robotics and Things - Sandbox Computers For Kids Inc - Sierra Canyon Day Camp - Simi Valley 10 Cinemas - Simi Valley Family YMCA - Simi Valley Ford - Simi Valley Police Department - Simi Valley Police Explorer Post 2910 - Six Flags Magic Mountain - *Stater Bros. Markets - Sub Zero Ice Cream - Sunrise at Wood Ranch - The Arc of Ventura County – Titlemax - US Marine Corps - *Vallarta Supermarkets - Ventura County Elections Division - Ventura County Fire Department - Walmart Neighborhood Market - *Yogurtland
*Employers and organizations that posted job 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. The next Interview Skills Workshops will be held in early spring 2020. Contact the YES Coordinator for details.
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) 583-6766 for details.
For more information regarding the YES program, please call (805) 583-6766.
Youth Council Virtual Talent Show
Virtual Event Highlighting Talent from Our Community
- Date: 05/29/2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Simi Valley Youth Council will host its second annual talent show online on Friday, May 29, 2020 starting at 7:00 p.m. The event will be livestreamed on both Zoom and Facebook and will spotlight the exceptional gifts and abilities of local community members of all ages. There are 17 competitive and showcase acts scheduled to perform in categories like dance, song, and the ever-entertaining "miscellaneous" field.
"The Youth Council decided that the show must go on despite the COVID-19 closures and we've spent the last two months planning the Talent Show virtually," Youth Council member and Talent Show Chair Ashley Kilmnick said. "We felt continuing with an online format would be a great way for the community to come together while remaining socially distanced."
Cash prizes will be awarded in specific categories in addition to a People's Choice winner. A panel of three judges will help select the winners. A few local organizations and individuals have sponsored cash prizes for winners, including the Simi Valley Family YMCA. Local businesses have also donated silent auction items that will be auctioned off at a future date. If individuals, families or businesses are interested in donating, please contact Kristin Tignac, Youth Council Coordinator, at (805) 583-6766.
The Talent Show was initially developed to serve as a fundraiser to help support the Youth Council's community projects and events. It will be a free event for 2020. To watch the Talent Show on Zoom visit https://simivalley.zoom.us/j/93570739247. The show will also be live streamed on Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SVCAC3050/.
The Simi Valley Youth Council is an advisory board to the City Council on issues that affect the youth in the community. Community members and youth are encouraged to follow the Youth Council on Instagram: @simivalleyyouthcouncil.