CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Youth Enrichment Services (YES) is a community coalition that was founded nearly 15 years ago by Susan Golding, mayor of San Diego at the time, The Carlsbad Police Department, The Carlsbad Unified School District and concerned community members. The goal of this community collaborative was and still is creating a safer environment for all youth in our community. Over the years, the goal has been enhanced in an effort to identify local issues and improve communication among all service providers who currently work with youth in north San Diego County.
The YES meeting, which is open to anyone and everyone, meets the third Wednesday of the month. The meetings, from noon to 1 p.m. are held at the Harding Community Center Recreation Hall, 3096 Harding St. Attendees are invited to have lunch, (provided free by Pat & Oscar’s of Carlsbad) while networking resources and ideas with others relating to young people and still be back to their jobs within an hour.
The coalition members are comprised of students from Carlsbad High Schools, as well as various other clubs on campus, parents, Carlsbad Unified School District principals, counselors and administrators, city of Carlsbad Recreation Department, Police Department, Volunteer Services, Library Services including Centro de Informacion, North County Health Services, Vista Community Clinic, Tri-City Hospital, Child Study Center, Phoenix House, The Bridges Program, North County Lifeline, San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, Tri City Prevention Collaborative, St. Patrick’s Church, County Probation Staff, North Coast Calvary Church, Join Hands Save a Life, Encuentros, Rady Children’s Hospital, Mira Costa College, Light of Hope Ministries, Carlsbad School Board Members, The Carlsbad Educational Foundation as well as numerous Service Groups in Carlsbad.
Agency representatives and community members join together to collaborate resources to effect change and help young people in Carlsbad and in the surrounding communities.