Providing pre–employment transition services to students with disabilities, ages 14–21
The Youth Employment Services (YES) program provides pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities, ages 14-21, that reside in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum, or Pacific County. YES is designed to improve employment outcomes by providing work readiness training, career related learning experiences and paid internships.
Year-round services include:
Services are provided based on need, age, and readiness.
These services were developed in partnership with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Program Participant Testimonials
“Working with the ESD 112 YES Program was such a joy! Not only did we have a great time working alongside all the interns but even the employees at ESD 112 were easy to work with! We definitely recommend working with the YES Program!”
“My time working at Silicon Forest last summer was an experience that I’ll never forget! I learned dozens of things in only a few weeks and made lots of new connections in the industry! I’m so grateful for this amazing work experience.”
“I had an amazing time working at Aero Maintenance Flight Center last summer. It was amazing opportunity for me and I learned a lot while interning there. I now plan to use what I learned to go into a career of aeronautics. Thanks for the opportunity that you guys have given me.”
“For the past 3 years we have been working with ESD 112’s Youth Workforce, and it has been an amazing experience for our business. All the students have been enthusiastic to come to work and learn new experiences. We have watched the students gain confidence on their capabilities and strengths. Many of the students we have hired on after their program was over. Investing and mentoring these kids is the future for all of us. This is a great program and I highly recommend businesses to participate and invest in these students.”
“I was so pleased to see my son’s confidence grow after his training and paid internship. When he began applying for jobs after the program, his whole demeanor shifted to “I got this”… He knew he was ready to be in the workforce and felt confident applying and interviewing for jobs. He has now been employed for over a year while still attending college classes remotely.”
“The SummerWorks program helped me gain an edge in any job situation. The hands-on experience and learning how to write a resume and interview was a huge help. I’ve been able to use the soft skills I learned in my full-time job at Ilani.”
How to Apply
Are you ready to say YES?
YES requires youth to be able to work independently and provide their own transportation.
To apply for YES, please complete and provide:
- DVR Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) approval form
- YES Application English | Spanish
- Photo ID (State, School, or Tribal)
- Signed Social Security Card or State Issued Birth Certificate
Please submit your printed application materials to your local ESD112 office. If you would like to submit your application materials digitally contact your local ESD112 representative. Representative contact information can be found in the Program Contacts tab.
If you need these documents in another language, contact your County ESD representative.
To participate in YES, students must be:
ESD112/ YES is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay 711.
Who to Contact
If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact your county representative.
Youth Workforce Manager | Rural Career Navigator
Cowlitz, Wahkiakum & Pacific County
Youth Workforce Coordinator
Clark, Skamania & Klickitat County
Application materials should be submitted to your local office:
2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661
1217 14th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Prevention Programs & Grants
Programs/Grants administered by Prevention and Youth Services include:
Washington State Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Student Threat Assessment Program
Attendance and Reengagement Program