Youth Simply Giving Back (YSGB)

What is Youth Simply Giving Back?

Youth Simply Giving Back (YSGB) is a social enterprise that provides job training and skills development for the former foster youth and formerly homeless youth ages 18-24 who reside in LSS of Northern California transitional and permanent supportive housing programs.

YSGB resells used books through Amazon.com. The focus of YSGB is on employment literacy.  All youth working in the program are required to be working towards (or have already received) their GED/diploma. The program gives youth immediate exposure to having a job, including a set work schedule and on the job responsibilities. Youth learn valuable job skills in the areas of computer skills, warehouse, business development, team work, time management and professional communication.

Youth from our programs have been involved with YSGB since the idea stage.  Three youth participated in developing the concept (including naming the business and designing the logo and business cards), writing the initial business plan, assisting with the initial set-up through Amazon, sorting and shelving the start-up inventory, pricing inventory and beta-testing the on-line purchasing system.  All three of these youth gained valuable skills at YSGB and are now employed in the community. 

How You Can Give Back

Your donations of new and gently used books are needed to sustain Youth Simply Giving Back. All types of books-including self-help books, textbooks, and cookbooks-are welcome! For more information about how you can help, please contact Rachel Flores at 925.925.1060 x20 or rflores@lssnorcal.org. 

You can also support our youth by visiting our web page and making a purchase from Youth Simply Giving Back. To view our book selection, visit our Youth Simply Giving Back Online Catalog. All proceeds go back into our programs.

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