For almost 50 years, the Conejo Youth Employment Service (CYES), a non- profit organization, has been coaching high school and college students how to plan for their future by helping define their skill set, develop short term and long term goals, develop a resume, practice job interview skills and direct how to get a job. Through free workshops and one-on-one support, CYES provides critical help to Conejo Valley youth regardless of ethnic, religious or economic backgrounds.
CYES is active with other community organizations to provide youth workshops regarding drug and alcohol abuse, and for 11th grades students, coordinating community internship training for local employer jobs.
CYES has expanded services to include working with other community groups for the Harvest Food Recovery Program that now has 40 volunteers picking up and distributing donated food from individuals and local provider organizations to 80 needy families (about 280 people) in the Conejo Valley. Many of these families have youths participating in CYES workshops or job coaching.
CYES is completely dependent on the financial support from generous individuals and businesses to keep all of the services provided free to these young people and their families.
Leanne Lusk Petras
Leanne Lusk Petras is a volunteer Director for CYES. Leanne has a BA degree in Child Development from California State University, Northridge. She grew up in a family business and has had both business and educational experience. Since 2004 she has worked for Conejo Youth Employment Service keeping it viable in the community for the many youth and their families who need CYES for the free services provided.
Leanne is the liaison to other agencies who can provide services to the Conejo Valley youth, such as the city of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission, Thousand Oaks Teen Center and a Food Share pantry.
John Havey is a volunteer coach for CYES. John has a BA degree in Economics, a Masters degree in Business Administration and over 40 years of business consulting and management experience. He has worked for CYES for the past two years in helping young people develop the tools they will need to obtain a job that best fits with their individual skill set.
Linda Fox has a B.A. and M.S.W in Social Work. She has worked as a school social worker and guidance counselor, as well as working in direct sales positions. Linda has been a volunteer at CYES for 2 years, and teaches young adults effective interviewing skills in preparation for joining the workforce.