Youth Network Services

Youth Network Services (YNS), funded by the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board, offers a free program to youth, ages 16-24 who face one or more barriers towards employment and future success.

The YNS program is perfect for youth who are ready to make a positive change towards their future. It is designed and structured to have participants work closely with an assigned Youth Specialist over the average course of 24 months.

They are currently interviewing youth for enrollment in their new program year which starts NOW!!



  • Be 16-24 at the time of enrollment
  • Be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have a valid Social Security Card and I.D.
  • Have a barrier to educational or employment success: Drop-out, Parenting, Foster Care, Probation, Documented Disability, IEP, ESL, Homeless, etc.
  • Santa Barbara County Resident


  • Vocational, Career, Academic Guidance, and Support
  • Financial Awards and Incentives
  • Academic Planning, Career Exploration, Work Readiness Workshops, plus more!
  • Supportive services for employment and educational success!

Santa Maria Office:
2450 Professional Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA 93455

Lompoc Office:
320 North J Street, #A-5
Lompoc, CA 93436

Santa Barbara Office:
902 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Resource Link

Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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