WorkStartYES was operated from 2002-2024 as a joint partnership between the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and San Joaquin County WorkNet. The program is now closed at the SJCOE, but services continue to be available through San Joaquin County WorkNet. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply.

WorkStartYES focused on helping youth and young adults from ages 16-24 throughout San Joaquin County who faced significant barriers to success in the labor market by providing resources and support to transition to self-sufficient adulthood.

Similar resources for youth and young adults continue to be offered through the following SJCOE programs:

EDUCATION: Enroll in Come Back Kids (18+ years old) to earn your high school diploma through this free, mostly online educational program.

Discovery ChalleNGe Academy (16 - 18 years old) is a partnership between the California National Guard and the SJCOE for youth who have dropped out of high school, are at risk of dropping out, or are credit deficient. Applicants must participate in a 22-week residential phase to acquire the necessary credits.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Join the Greater Valley Conservation Corps (18-26 years old) for academic instruction, employment opportunities, green job training, life skills, and more.