Youth Employment Skills (YES)
The Youth Employment Skills (YES) Program was designed as a joint effort between AFAS and Air Force Family Member Programs Flight to offer high school students on-base opportunities to learn valuable work skills, "bank" dollar credits toward their post-secondary education/training, and have a positive impact on their base community.
The Society has been monitoring participation levels of this program for several years in order to evaluate its cost worthiness, and decide if the benefits to teens and bases at current participation levels justify the costs and man hours at both base and AFAS HQ levels to administer the program. Despite efforts to increase program awareness and usage, participation levels continued in a downward trend, dropping more than 50% over the last ten years.
With the program being seriously underutilized, the Society has made the determination that available resources would be better spent supporting other AFAS programs and our primary mission of Emergency Assistance. Therefore, effective with the 2015-2016 program year end date of 31 May 2016, the YES program was discontinued.
All Youth Directors, Flight Chiefs and YES Program coordinators were notified of the discontinuance of the YES Program, as were all impacted teens.
All funding obligations will be honored. Bases will be able to claim their Community Credits from 2015-2016 by end of calendar year 2016, and teens will be able to claim their dollar credits for their college expenses for up to one year following their high school graduation.
AFAS will email teens during the summer following their graduation to advise them of their YES dollar credits and procedures to claim those credits.