yes program

Youth Employment Services

The YES program is a class offered through Goodwill of N.E. Georgia.   At Sims Academy the program is designed for students who are looking to go straight into full time employment after high school. 

3 phases of the program:

Phase 1:

Class at Sims--Fall Semester

  • Students will learn about financing, employability skills, soft skills and job interview/resume writing.  
  • Class will be taught 2-3 days a week by a Goodwill case manager. Other days, the class will be taught by CTI coordinator. 

**In order to move to Phase 2, the student must be deemed as reliable, motivated, and dependable.

Phase 2:

Paid Internship--Spring semester

Phase 3:

Full-time Job Placement -- Summer

What kind of student should be recommended for the YES class?

  • Must plan on working full-time after high school
  • In their final year of high school
  • Have room in their schedule for YES class at Sims (fall semester)
  • Must be ready for competitive employment (independent)
  • Must have an IEP and be eligible for VR services/on VR caseload
  • Must read on 3rd grade reading level or higher



Mrs. Leah Helderbrand

Special Education Instructor

Leah Helderbrand earned a BSEd from The University of Georgia in 2004. Mrs. Helderbrand...

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