Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s Offer Job Opportunities to Former Foster Youth at Hillsides Employment Fair
Correnda Perkins, Hillsides Division Chief of Transitional Age Youth, YMO youth Norma Lathan, workforce development specialist Joshua Mathieu, and Amber Newman, mental health rehab specialist.

LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2018 – Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and PetSmart were among local businesses offering youth job opportunities at an employment and resource fair hosted by Hillsides, a Southern California foster care and child welfare charity. More than 100 youth attended the fair, which was put on by Hillsides’ Youth Moving On (YMO) program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

“Many youth left the fair with several job contacts and four were even offered jobs,” said Joshua Mathieu, Hillsides workforce development specialist. “Our Youth Moving On program has a robust workforce development program and partnerships with more than 20 local businesses, and we are excited to be able to expose even more youth to jobs through this fair.”

The fair also offered youth information and referrals from a variety of organizations, which included Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal, the Department of Rehabilitation, LA County Department of Human Resources, the Department of Public Social Services, and Pasadena City College.
The Employment and Resource Fair was held at the site of YMO’s transitional housing apartments in Pasadena. YMO offers a continuum of support services for transition-aged youth 16 – 25 that includes housing services, a drop-in Peer Resource Center, and workforce development. To learn more about YMO, please visit

About Hillsides
Hillsides, with its affiliate Bienvenidos, is dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families, and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the agency serves 14,000 children and families in Southern California throughout more than 40 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Foster care and adoptions services are offered in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. To learn more about Hillsides, please visit Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.

Alison Bell

Family Resource Centers offer numerous community-based programs and services that provide parenting classes, mental health support, and additional crucial resources for vulnerable children and families throughout Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena. >
Residential Treatment Services provide a safe and stable environment where children and youths, who cannot live at home, suffered trauma, or have severe emotional or behavioral challenges, can thrive. >
Education Center, a therapeutic residential and day school, offers individualized education for students with social-emotional, learning and/or behavior challenges for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. >
Youth Moving On, with support from The Everychild Foundation, provides former foster youth affordable quality housing and numerous support services to help them become responsible, self-sufficient adults. >

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