In 1974, a group of concerned citizens including former gang members, welfare recipients, and working class individuals fought to make a better lifestyle for families with children.
The political establishment soon took notice of Operation Youth Educational Services (AKA) Operation Y.E.S. efforts. U.S. Senators Alan Cranston and John Tunney along with U.S. Congressman Edward R. Roybal took interest with our objectives, and goals, and referred us to a person by the name of Mr. “D” Morales to organize our group into a nonprofit organization. Mr. Gil Moret, Attorney at Law in East Los Angeles organized Operation Y.E.S By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.
Throughout the years, Operation Y.E.S. had continued support from the Political establishment including former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton; State Senators Al Song, and Richard Polanco; Los Angeles County Board Supervisors Edmund Edelman, Kenneth Hahn, and Peter F. Schabarum; and, Los Angeles City Councilmen Art Snyder and Nick Pacheco. However, the level of financial support from government has fluctuate over the years.
However, Operation Y.E.S. has never wavered in serving the community’s youth and their families. Operation Y.E.S. services continued after the closing of its doors in December 2005, since its services were in high demand yet continued to serve. Families with children were in greatest need during the economic downturn to which Operation Youth Educational Services (AKA) Operation Y.E.S. struggled to assist these youths and their family members.
As a result, Operation Y.E.S. conducted street fairs bringing together multiple medical services, private sector looking for employees, lending institutes for first time home buyers including home buying packages by city government, a variety of other nonprofit agencies, churches of all religious faith groups everything under the sun/moon/stars on weekends during summer times “between” 2001 to 2004, bringing multiple resources to our neighbors. Operation Y.E.S. was bridging the gap in services bringing them together making them aware to the community. Operation Y.E.S. also conducted food, clothing and toys distribution, parenting classes, and a cluster of law enforcement agencies such as the Hollenbeck Police Department with their Senior Lead Officers including County Sheriff of Los Angeles, Parole, and Probation Officers to educate our neighborhood in how to take a bite out of crime, and other minor referral services.
To-date, Operation Y.E.S. struggles to provide needed services to families with youth. After a very close research of our past services to our cliental within our target areas it was discovered that some of our clients with children one of their parents were veterans on welfare. After this discovery, back in 2014, our organization redesigned our services in hope to better serve those veterans with children. We designed a new planned which is named (89 weeks boot camp job training program) up scaling, and improving all past government programs by the Department of Labor such as New Carriers, CETA, and JPTA projects, and the lists goes on. It is a costly program but an effective, and to prove our theory it needs to be implemented to show proof it will work in helping our veterans 60% on welfare, and non-veterans 40% on welfare. We go into our mission below.