Youth Services (YS)

Youth Services

Youth Services (YS) provides a broad range of coordinated services for youth who are in foster care, experiencing homelessness or other barriers and need support to finish school, find a job or pursue a career path. Our programs are designed to prepare students to become self-confident, self-sufficient and independent adults. YS is a grant-funded department within the Contra Costa County Office of Education, Student Programs, and receives funding from the California Department of Education, the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services, the Department of Rehabilitation, as well as other funding sources.                                                                          

Current programs include:                                                                               YS Brochure

In addition to directly supporting youth through our programs, our department also provides technical assistance and professional development to school district staff and administrators in the areas of foster youth services and homeless education.

We work in partnership with school districts, social services, community colleges, probation, juvenile court, and community organizations to support youth in our schools and community so that they can successfully access and navigate education, employment, and long term economic opportunity.


Director, Youth Services Alejandra Chamberlain (925) 942-3308
Supervisor, Youth Services Esperanza Velarde-Ellis (925) 942-3313 
 Supervisor, Youth Services Lesi Valenzuela (Interim)
(925) 942-3372
Administrative Assistant III Dana Padilla (925) 942-3417
Administrative Assistant II Brooke Terry (925) 942-3307
Administrative Assistant II Karlynn Scott (925) 942-3315
Education Liaison II Denise Clarke (925) 942-3322
Education Liaison II Yvonne Beals 
(925) 942-3463 
Education Liaison I Gina Bills (925) 942-3363
Tutor Evelynn Marin  
Tutor Lheywin Lapuz  
Youth Services Specialist I Adriel Rodriguez Soto (925) 942-3364
Youth Services Specialist I Alicia Bell (925) 942-3314
Youth Services Specialist I Andrea Gonzalez  (925) 942-5305
Youth Services Specialist I Anisa Smith (925) 942-3458
 Youth Services Specialist I  Cameron Parr  (925) 942-3342
Youth Services Specialist I Eric DuBois (925) 942-3468
Youth Services Specialist I Freddy Grande (925) 942-3301
Youth Services Specialist I  Kevanne Dobbs (925) 942-3394
Youth Services Specialist I  Leilani Villegas (925) 942-3309 
Youth Services Specialist I Lesi Valenzuela (925) 942-3391
Youth Services Specialist I Luis Serrano (925) 942-5365
Youth Services Specialist I Magdalena Montalvo
(925) 942-3362 
 Youth Services Specialist I  Mary Lucido (925) 942-3419
 Youth Services Specialist I Paul Gates (925) 942-3426
Department Phone   (925) 942-3300
Department Fax   (925) 942-3490
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