Department of Community Services
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 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., on July 19, 2018, in the Simi Valley Public Library's Community Room, located at 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. 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 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 is currently 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 will be feedback from the entrepreneurial community.
To collect this information, the Committee is conducting a survey that focuses on the experience and needs of local entrepreneurs. Those who plan on starting a business and those who have already started their business are both encouraged to take the survey. The survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/svincubatorsurvey.
The survey closes on June 30, 2018.
Recruitment for positions on the YES Advisory Board will be held in April 2019. Interested applicants must complete the online application before 5:00 p.m., on Friday, May 3, 2019. 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 31st annual Job & Career Expo was held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, 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 next annual YES Job and Career Expo will be held in April 2019.
The YES Advisory Board would like to thank the following employers and organizations that participated in the 2017 YES Job and Career Expo:
*Babies "R" Us
Bank of America
Boys & Girls Club
California Air National Guard
*California Kettle Corn
Camp Mt. Craggs
CFS Tax Software, Inc.
City of Calabasas' Tennis & Swim Center
City of Simi Valley
Coast to Coast Computer Products
Congressman Steve Knight's Office
*Continental Currency Services
Daland Swim School
Design It In Wood
*DIY Home Center
Express Employment Professionals
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Ironworkers Local 416
NMS Moving Systems, Inc.
Plinmber, Pipefitters, Welders & Apprentices Local 484
Primerica - Mission Hills
Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District
Regal Simi Valley Civic Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Sandbox Computers for Kids, Inc.
*Simi Hills Retirement Community
Simi Institute for Careers & Education
Simi Valley 10 Cinemas
Simi Valley Aquatics
Simi Valley Family YMCA
Simi Valley Youth Council/YES
Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor
*Styles For Less
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt
*Toppers Pizza Place
United States Marine Corps
Unleashed By Petco #1191
Ventura County Elections Division
Ventura County Fire Department
*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. The next Interview Skills Workshop will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in the Simi Valley Public Library's Community Room. 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.
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.