YES- Youth Employment Services

All year, we serve as a liaison between employers and youth in Ojai Valley. Local proprietors and residents may contact us with requests for long and short employment opportunities, and we provide 15-18 year old students with an array of work experience opportunities. Once the connection is established between the employer and the youth, we are no longer involved. Wages are distributed between employer and employee directly, we recommend higher than minimum wage.

Typical examples of successful work placements include:

  • Special event helpers- food servers, set up and clean up assistance, parking attendants
  • Home organization assistance- garage and house clean-up projects
  • Babysitting services for private parties
  • Yard work and clean-up projects
  • Weed abatement (no equipment provided)
  • Computer assistance for small businesses- mailing lists, word documents, excel sheets and advertising

Contact us at: if you are seeking help, and would like to extend the opportunity to local youth.

  • Kenzie and Gus

    Dr. MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration 2021!

    We are so grateful for the awesome youth on the 2021 MLK Jr. Day Committee! A small group planned and coordinated the amazing online celebration of 2021 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings and accomplishments. To learn about our 2021 event visit the MLK Day webpage! To view OVYF’s video celebration in honor of Dr. King, visit the Ojai Unified School District YouTube page here:

  • OVYF Ripples Program ROCKS

    OVYF is planning another great RIPPLES program. This year, in partnership with Learning to See, we invite a dozen youth to join us for a series of experiential art workshops and local artist tours. Space is limited for this free program; please contact us to be notified when we reschedule and we are free to gather together again. Last year’s participants went rock climbing with Trails By Potter, hit up a slam poetry night at Da Poetry Lounge in West Hollywood, and created art with local Ojai artists. Read more on the RIPPLES page…


  • BLinc Graduation

    Building Lives, Inc. Postponed Until Future Notice

    BLINC is a beloved OVYF program that brings Ojai youth together weekly throughout the school year. High-school students from across the Valley are welcome to join us for good company, to play Peace Sticks, and enjoy music and food– all free, as always. Once school resumes, we will convene on Wednesdays at Nordhoff HS, from 3-5P. Feel free to call or email with questions.

    More on the BLINC page…