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Mr. James P. Smith Founder/COO of Y.E.S. Inc.,Youth Employment Solutions in 1994 created this innovative youth service program to provide education, job training ,employment, and leadership development to young high school drop-outs aged 16-24 in Watts,and Compton California.
Known as "Mr. YouthBuild " , Mr. Smith is credited for bringing the national YouthBuild USA Program to Watts ,Compton, Los Angeles youth.
His mantra of " Pull your pants up,get some skills training , and get a job. ".is known throughout the inner city. Whomever,wherever, or whenever there is a chance ,Mr. Smith will highlight the issues that our inner city youth are facing and will stand up for them.
In 1992 Mr. Smith was invited to the White House to discuss with First Lady Barbara Bush about the school drop-out crisis in America, especially amongst African American youth in the inner city urban communities .
In 2016 he also met presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to express his concerns about the disenfranchised, disillusioned, discouraged urban youth.
After 24 years his Y.E.S. office is still housed in the city operated facility at the Bradley Milken Youth Center in Watts. He continues to provide youth employment services , working with GAIN participants and Developmentally Disabled individuals who are willing and able to work independently on their own.
For more information about Y.E.S. call (310) 738-9096
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