Our Youth Services Help Prepare for a Successful Life

Youth and Young Adult Development

Youth and Family Services strives to make a positive impact on the youth we serve. We know that the future of our community relies on them and we want each of our participants to be prepared for a successful and fulfilling life. We empower our youth through workforce development, relational skill building and leadership opportunities.


Relational Well-Being

The Connections Project is a 5-year federal research demonstration project which uses a relationship-focused approach to improve the well-being of foster, runaway, homeless and exploited youth.

Learn More About the Connections Project

Independent Living Skills

Skills Development & Support

The Independent Living Skills program (ILS) is designed to prepare and assist current and former foster youth through their transition from the foster care system into independence. We provide a strengths-based, individualized approach to assist youth in reaching their personal goals.

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Internship Opportunities

Workforce Development

We offer internships and placement opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing a rewarding career in human services. We offer the experience of working with a culturally diverse population with exceptional clinical supervision and training.

Learn More About Our Internships

TAY Services

Support for Transition Age Youth

The Transition Age Youth (TAY) Services provides safe, inclusive, youth-led drop-in resource centers in North County San Diego. TAY is dedicated to serving youth and young adults in a manner which is knowledgeable of, and sensitive to, the trauma occurring in their lives. 

Learn More About TAY Services

Connections 2020

Relational Well-being and Workforce Development

Connections 2020 assists underserved young adults throughout San Diego County by enhancing their relational & emotional skills and improving their economic stability. Program services are based on the idea that identifying and maintaining authentic, healthful relationships will increase overall well-being and boost a young person’s employability and financial stability.

Learn About Connections 2020

Our Safe Place

For LGBTQ Youth and Families

Our Safe Place is a certified outpatient behavioral health program that provides a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth, ages 12-21, and their families.

We offer services such as support groups for youth and family members, case management, mentorship, community outreach, training, skill development, and educational workshops.

Learn More About Our Safe Place

HOST Housing


Do you live with a supportive adult and wish to remain with them? The host family model will provide a safe, stable environment that will support and nurture an existing relationship that you have with a caring, supportive adult. This is a housing program which is designed to support you and your relationship with your chosen HOST in a family like setting.

Program Eligibility

This program is available to current foster youth ages 18-21 (Non Minor Dependents).

Host families are identified as:

  • A caring and supportive adult who has a pre-existing relationship with the participant
  • An adult committed to supporting the participant in a family like setting
  • A comfortable living environment with certain expectations and oversight of the participant

 Long term and lasting relationships are essential to the success of a Non Minor Dependent. Through this innovative approach to transitional housing, young people experience stability, live in an environment that mirrors an intact family, increase well-being and avoids the possibility of disruptions in housing.

 Benefits for Non Minor Dependent

  • $500 monthly stipend
  • Increase independent living skills
  • Support in goal attainment and emotional wellness
  • $50 monthly savings received at exit

Benefits for HOST family

  • $500  monthly stipend to host family
  • Access to program staff 24/7
  • Monthly check-ins
  • Training
  • Crisis Intervention
  • In Home services

Referral Process

  1. Non Minor Dependent, Host Family, and Social worker agree that host family is a good fit for youth
  2. Social Worker completes county referral and provides potential host information
  3. Potential host family and youth are interviewed by YFS
  4. YFS offers contingent acceptance to participant and potential host
  5. YFS initiates background checks on all adults in the home and certification of residence
  6. Upon receipt of background clearance and approval of home inspection, a final acceptance is offered

For more information about our HOST housing program, email [email protected].

Urban Career Pathways

Workforce Development

Urban Career Pathways is a program located at the TAY Academy in Escondido that provides opportunities to gain meaningful training and paid work experience in high-demand jobs.

Participants will work with staff to help identify and achieve academic, professional, and personal goals while navigating one of our three pathways:

  1. Social and Human Services
  2. Child Development
  3. Specialty Foods and Microbreweries

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18-24 years of age
  • Residing in North County, San Diego
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Not currently enrolled in school

What We Offer

  • Individualized case management support
  • Paid internships with the YMCA of San Diego County
  • Academic and professional supportive services
  • Access to community resources and educational assistance
  • Team building (monthly events for participants)
  • Opportunities to gain part-time work experience in chosen career pathway

For more information about Urban Career Pathways, call (760) 607-7855; TDD/TTY (800) 735-2922 or contact Ahni Rocha-Redmond at [email protected].

This WIOA Title I - funded program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.